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Dental Misaligned Jaw Following Fracture And Using Chin Sling. Advice Needed.

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Our guinea pig Fudge is 4 years old. She was attacked by a dog six weeks ago. She has a misaligned jaw following a fracture to her right lower back jaw. She had her teeth filed under G.A last Tuesday. We are trying this chin sling method. She has to be syringe fed.
Is there anyone who have tried this method for a similar problem and has it worked?
 

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Where about are you based? The vet that the sanctuary use, Simon Maddock of The Cat and Rabbit Care Clinic in Northampton, was treating a piggy earlier this year with a similar issue, and the results have been very good.
 

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We have added our location as requested, which is Nantwich, Cheshire. Thank you for tagging us to furryfriends. We have contacted and spoken to Simon Maddock of The Cat and Rabbit Care Clinic last Tuesday (20/10). He mentioned weekly filling of teeth without G.A. He is currently away for two weeks.
 

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This is a photo as of last night showing misalignment. Can this be corrected?P1190784 261015 front teeth cut.jpg
 
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If you need any ongoing care my vet john dinsdale . Arnsdale vet centre . is only 25 or so miles from you, he is a good all roung vet of 30years practice theough not what l,d
Call a guinea pig expert.
Then there is an animal dental expert in manchester (a profeser) carnt remember his name ? , and there is a vet dental spesalist (called new Forrist,) again in manchester
 
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His is difficult to manage and sort but with a good bet it can be done. Chin slings work ok depending the the type of fracture etc. Sadly your piggie may well have ongoing teeth problems for the rest of her life due to malalignment. Did they try to fix it at all? Or is it just a sling. Do you know anything about the fracture at all?

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Thank you gizzy for details of your vet and animal dental experts in Manchester.
To your questions Abi_nurse, the fracture of her lower right jaw at the back was only discovered after a repeat x-ray by another vet more than three weeks after the incident. Our regular vet did an x-ray 5 days after the incident and said there was no fracture. Prior to that I took her to see an emergency vet on the day of the attack which was on a Sunday.
Unfortunately callus had set in around the fracture by the time it was discovered so nothing could be done. The vet advised us that it was best that Fudge be put to sleep because of the on going dental problems would affect her quality of life.
Fudge is still very much the same guinea pig, curious and desperate to eat despite not being able to. She had managed to eat cucumber, fresh grass, dandelion leaves when hand fed for a short period until about 2 weeks ago. She has meloxicam as painkiller given daily.
The chin sling was what we have read from the other guinea pig forum guinea lynx. So could you advise?
 

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I run a sanctuary for guinea pigs with dental issues and have never needed to use a chin sling and Simon, my vet, has never seen any reason for using one. I think you need to get your piggies teeth checked as a first priority, as by now they will becoming very overgrown and pushing the jaw further out of alignment.
 
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