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Hi, I rescued a female piggy and her 6 week old pup a couple weeks ago. Her name is Harley and she's approx. 6 months old. The rescue has a great, established reputation and Harley was vet checked and cleared for adoption. She is very skinny. I can feel her ribs, pelvic bone and she's got skinny chicken back legs. I also noticed she has a hard time chewing veggies like carrots, she kind of grates them, it takes about 10 mins to eat a baby carrot-sized chunk. Her front upper teeth are a little wonky. I messaged the rescue regarding this and they said that she was even skinnier when she first had babies ( she lost 2 of them due to having the lethal gene) and that her molars are in great shape for chewing. Her wonky front teeth are most likely due to bad bloodlines ( we think she was the product of inbreeding as she is a beautiful Dalmatian and her previous owners were trying to breed her to another Dalmatian, which is why some of her babies had the lethal gene). I am supplementing her hay with alfalfa for weight gain, slowly trying to get enough veggies in her ( she's still really shy of people so its very easy to turn her off her food if you move or make a noise) and she has some pellets and vitamin c supplements to help strengthen the muscles around her teeth.
I still have concerns though and wonder if anyone has come across another piggy with such issues with breaking off pieces of veggies? I've tried cutting them up fine and she just shows zero interest when I do that. Also, any recommendations for putting weight on her? Should I supplement feeding with CC or pea flakes? Any suggestions would be appreciated!
 

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What a very gorgeous piggie no wonder you couldn't resist adopting her! Although the Rescue Centre have said she's OK have you had her checked by your vet? Those wonky teeth don't sound good. They may be misaligned. If this is the case that may explain the difficulty in eating veg.
 

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:agr:, I think she could do with a vet check .

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Awww she's beautiful! Such a shame she's had a bad start in life but luckily she's in your hands now- welcome to the forum! I've heard of giving piggies a mash to fatten them up or something oats?
 

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HI and welcome to the forum. I wouldn't worry about attempting to force a weight gain as she should continue to gain weight steadily on a good healthy diet. Personally I would go to my own vet for a check over to put your mind at ease that all is ok or to catch it early if there is a problem. The molars might have been ok when the rescue checked but it doesn't take long for them to become overgrown if they are an issue.
 

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Thank you all- she is super cute, isn't she?! And she's a great little mama too. Yes, we are going to do a vet check regardless of what the rescue said, I at first tried going along with what they were saying that she would be fine, but I'm worried about the little girl. It also doesn't help that my scale broke and I ordered another from Amazon, but its not here yet. And I've learned from our first guinea pig, Athena, that preventative care is key. Athena was also a rescue and we got her as a senior, and had her justshy of a year, and I'm convinced if she would have has the proper care before us she wouldn't have had such progressed medical issues that caused her death. So yes, I'm going to set up a vet check asap, but any recommendations for helping her out between now and then? Thanks everybody!
 

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HI and welcome to the forum. I wouldn't worry about attempting to force a weight gain as she should continue to gain weight steadily on a good healthy diet. Personally I would go to my own vet for a check over to put your mind at ease that all is ok or to catch it early if there is a problem. The molars might have been ok when the rescue checked but it doesn't take long for them to become overgrown if they are an issue.
Thanks- I'm definitely going to schedule a check. I agree, catching something early is super important with these little squeakers.
 

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:agr:, I think she could do with a vet check .

Can you give us an idea of your location ? We have members all over the world and it helps us to have an idea of whether you are in the Uk / US / or elsewhere.
I'm in the US- Washington state, near Seattle. Luckily I have a great vet very knowledgeable in guinea pigs. She has 7 herself, and the oldest one, Virigia, comes to work with her to watch over all her humans in the office. I'm definitely going to have her checked by my own vet rather than go along with what the rescue is saying. Thanks!
 
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your piggie is amazing and does not seem in a poor shape... Also my Calipso is slim and when I adopted her (and they gave me her with a medical paper, plus poo analysis, which reported she was healthy) I could feel her bones.
My piggie eats a lot, but she does not like carrots (also the other one does not like carrots). Is it possible that your cute piggie just prefers eating other vegs? have you tried with normal grass which is extremely nutritious for them? I also add some drops of vit C supplement and I don't force any weight gain. Anyway, have also a talk with a vet.
 

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Hi, I rescued a female piggy and her 6 week old pup a couple weeks ago. Her name is Harley and she's approx. 6 months old. The rescue has a great, established reputation and Harley was vet checked and cleared for adoption. She is very skinny. I can feel her ribs, pelvic bone and she's got skinny chicken back legs. I also noticed she has a hard time chewing veggies like carrots, she kind of grates them, it takes about 10 mins to eat a baby carrot-sized chunk. Her front upper teeth are a little wonky. I messaged the rescue regarding this and they said that she was even skinnier when she first had babies ( she lost 2 of them due to having the lethal gene) and that her molars are in great shape for chewing. Her wonky front teeth are most likely due to bad bloodlines ( we think she was the product of inbreeding as she is a beautiful Dalmatian and her previous owners were trying to breed her to another Dalmatian, which is why some of her babies had the lethal gene). I am supplementing her hay with alfalfa for weight gain, slowly trying to get enough veggies in her ( she's still really shy of people so its very easy to turn her off her food if you move or make a noise) and she has some pellets and vitamin c supplements to help strengthen the muscles around her teeth.
I still have concerns though and wonder if anyone has come across another piggy with such issues with breaking off pieces of veggies? I've tried cutting them up fine and she just shows zero interest when I do that. Also, any recommendations for putting weight on her? Should I supplement feeding with CC or pea flakes? Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Please top her up with syringe feed; if she has got loose incisors, she is not able to pick up food. If this has gone on longer, then her premolars and molars may likely be affected, too, and have started to overgrow, so she is unable to chew and may even struggle to swallow. She urgently needs to see a piggy savvy vet with experience in dentals.

Have you made sure with the rescue that she has had a vet check, and especially a check of her back teeth while in rescue? Generally, the rescues that we rate as good standard would never rehome a guinea pig until it has received any necessary medical care and has been brought back to a good weight and health. Guinea pigs with ongoing or long term medical issues stay on as permanent residents.
Please take the time to read our syringe feeding guide. It has a section about feeding dental guinea pigs:
Complete Syringe Feeding Guide

Since we have got members from all over the world, we find it very helpful if you please added your country, state/province or UK county to your details, so we can tailor any advice and recommendations according to what is available and relevant where you are. Click on your username on the top bar, then go to personal details and scroll down to location; this makes it appear below your username in every post you make. thank you!
 

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your piggie is amazing and does not seem in a poor shape... Also my Calipso is slim and when I adopted her (and they gave me her with a medical paper, plus poo analysis, which reported she was healthy) I could feel her bones.
My piggie eats a lot, but she does not like carrots (also the other one does not like carrots). Is it possible that your cute piggie just prefers eating other vegs? have you tried with normal grass which is extremely nutritious for them? I also add some drops of vit C supplement and I don't force any weight gain. Anyway, have also a talk with a vet.
Yes, I offer different veggies all the time, usually 2 or 3 types per feeding for the herd, some mixture of bell pepper, green or red leaf lettuce, Brussels sprouts, spinach, carrots, zucchini, cucumber, celery and occasionally apple, strawberry, or watermelon, which they just tried for the first time a couple weeks ago. I also give a small piece of banana extremely rarely, like once a month. I also try forage like grasses and dandelion leaves. She actually seems most interested in carrots. I've tried softer veggies like zucchini and cucumber but she doesn't seem interested. And she also twists her head upside down when drinking. I thought it was a quirk but I also noticed drooling yesterday and that sealed it for me. I'm worried that her teeth need grinding down because they don't line up or something, sometimes drooling is a sign and if they don't get help their teeth will keep growing and pop out a cheek or something! Thanks for letting me know about your piggy, it makes me feel better that your skinny piggy was still healthy!
 

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Please top her up with syringe feed; if she has got loose incisors, she is not able to pick up food. If this has gone on longer, then her premolars and molars may likely be affected, too, and have started to overgrow, so she is unable to chew and may even struggle to swallow. She urgently needs to see a piggy savvy vet with experience in dentals.

Have you made sure with the rescue that she has had a vet check, and especially a check of her back teeth while in rescue? Generally, the rescues that we rate as good standard would never rehome a guinea pig until it has received any necessary medical care and has been brought back to a good weight and health. Guinea pigs with ongoing or long term medical issues stay on as permanent residents.
Please take the time to read our syringe feeding guide. It has a section about feeding dental guinea pigs:
Complete Syringe Feeding Guide

Since we have got members from all over the world, we find it very helpful if you please added your country, state/province or UK county to your details, so we can tailor any advice and recommendations according to what is available and relevant where you are. Click on your username on the top bar, then go to personal details and scroll down to location; this makes it appear below your username in every post you make. thank you!
OK I will add my location. The rescue did say that her molars were in good shape for chewing and that she was even skinnier when she first had her babies. They said she was medically cleared for adoption, the have a great reputation and offer to pay for vet bills if something pops up within the first 14 days. But I also noticed drooling yesterday, so we made an appt for Saturday. I did order some Critcare but it won't be here till Monday, I can't find it in a store anywhere remotely near. Is there something else I could offers in a syringe to help between now and then? Thanks for all your help!
 

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Please top her up with syringe feed; if she has got loose incisors, she is not able to pick up food. If this has gone on longer, then her premolars and molars may likely be affected, too, and have started to overgrow, so she is unable to chew and may even struggle to swallow. She urgently needs to see a piggy savvy vet with experience in dentals.

Have you made sure with the rescue that she has had a vet check, and especially a check of her back teeth while in rescue? Generally, the rescues that we rate as good standard would never rehome a guinea pig until it has received any necessary medical care and has been brought back to a good weight and health. Guinea pigs with ongoing or long term medical issues stay on as permanent residents.
Please take the time to read our syringe feeding guide. It has a section about feeding dental guinea pigs:
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I just read the syringe feeding guide. That helps. Setting it up now!
 

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OK I will add my location. The rescue did say that her molars were in good shape for chewing and that she was even skinnier when she first had her babies. They said she was medically cleared for adoption, the have a great reputation and offer to pay for vet bills if something pops up within the first 14 days. But I also noticed drooling yesterday, so we made an appt for Saturday. I did order some Critcare but it won't be here till Monday, I can't find it in a store anywhere remotely near. Is there something else I could offers in a syringe to help between now and then? Thanks for all your help!
Use mushed up pellets instead; you can find how to prep a syringe etc. in our syringe feeding guide. Drooling is always a bad sign as it means that a piggy struggles to swallow or has a blockage somewhere in the whole digestive system.
 

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Use mushed up pellets instead; you can find how to prep a syringe etc. in our syringe feeding guide. Drooling is always a bad sign as it means that a piggy struggles to swallow.
I just finished reading the syringe feeding guide. That helps. Setting it up now! I will post an update on her after her appt Saturday. Thanks so much!
 
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