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Having Trouble Eating

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kitkat1

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So I gave my piggie Moonbeam a vitamin c tablet a couple days ago and he was only nibbling it- he was trying to eat it but it seemed like he was having trouble biting into it. He is eating hay and pellets fine. I gave hime another tablet this morning and he did the same thing- he nibbles at it and is taking very small bites. I don't see any drooling or change in behavior. He is also less than a year old so it would be odd if he had any dental issues. He does also have chewing blocks in his cage- and they do have bites in them but I don't know if that was moonbeam or my other piggy
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Do they taste horrible maybe ? Just thinking of when you a child something and they dont like the taste.... X
 

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Is there any particular reason that you are giving vitamin c tablets? Most food is fortified with vitamin c and they will also get it from daily veg so it's not something I have seen as needed for guinea pigs
 

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So I gave my piggie Moonbeam a vitamin c tablet a couple days ago and he was only nibbling it- he was trying to eat it but it seemed like he was having trouble biting into it. He is eating hay and pellets fine. I gave hime another tablet this morning and he did the same thing- he nibbles at it and is taking very small bites. I don't see any drooling or change in behavior. He is also less than a year old so it would be odd if he had any dental issues. He does also have chewing blocks in his cage- and they do have bites in them but I don't know if that was moonbeam or my other piggy
Thanks :)
Hi! The crucial bit with teeth is to keep the molars, and especially the pre-molars ground down. Up to 80% of the daily food intake should be unlimited hay; that is also the best you can do for long term gut and general health. With well working back teeth, the front teeth are normally self-sharpening and do not need chewing toys; they should have straight edges when you look at them. Lower incisors always look longer than you think they should. Weighing once helps keeping an eye on teeth as well as other slowly developing problems.

It is most likely that Moonbeam is simply not keen on his vitamin C. ;)
 
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