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Dental Teeth missing please help

Peanutthepigleto

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Yesterday I noticed that one of my guinea pigs had a tooth at the top missing, today I checked him and the last tooth at the top is missing. Should I rush him to a vet quickly?
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He will need to be seen by the vet as there's nothing we can do about it online and neither can you at home.

The people who can answer or help do so voluntarily and have their lives and jobs/children to also deal with. So please do practise some patience and don't link to your other thread or post the same thing twice. I will ask for your linked thread to be deleted.
 
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Do you know how long it has been like that?
They use their incisors to pick food up so he may struggle to pick up hay. You might have to syringe feed him if he can’t. You will need to monitor his weight.
@furryfriends (TEAS) will likely be able to offer further advice while you are waiting to see a vet
 

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Has he had an accident or injury?
The 2 sets of incisors wear each other down by grinding against each other. While it is likely the top ones will regrow, the bottom ones will need veterinary attention as they will over grow.
Incisors are used for picking up hay pellets and veggies. Without his top ones he will need help feeding. You may need to hand feed him strips of veggies, and mushed pellets, however the hay is the most important part of his diet so you may need to syringe feed him a high fibre supplement to help him until they grow back.
Please get him seen by a vet
 

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Do you know how long it has been like that?
They use their incisors to pick food up so he may struggle to pick up hay. You might have to syringe feed him if he can’t. You will need to monitor his weight.
@furryfriends (TEAS) will likely be able to offer further advice while you are waiting to see a vet
My guess is about 5 days, I will monitor his weight and syringe feed him. The only problem I have is that I don't know what to syringe feed him. And my other guinea pig with no visible dental problems still needs to eat solid food. Should I keep it out of the cage and give it to him at certain times so the other guinea pig won't choke on them?
 

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Has he had an accident or injury?
The 2 sets of incisors wear each other down by grinding against each other. While it is likely the top ones will regrow, the bottom ones will need veterinary attention as they will over grow.
Incisors are used for picking up hay pellets and veggies. Without his top ones he will need help feeding. You may need to hand feed him strips of veggies, and mushed pellets, however the hay is the most important part of his diet so you may need to syringe feed him a high fibre supplement to help him until they grow back.
Please get him seen by a vet
He had an accident recently as he fell ran of a quite high surface. While another family member was taking care of him. I checked his legs and they were fine, his teeth had never occurred to me. Should I be worried that I can't find them too?
 

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He had an accident recently as he fell ran of a quite high surface. While another family member was taking care of him. I checked his legs and they were fine, his teeth had never occurred to me. Should I be worried that I can't find them too?

No, but the vet needs to check whether they have sheared off at the gum or what has happened to the roots. This really isn’t something that should be left. You really do need to see a vet as a matter of priority.
 

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My guess is about 5 days, I will monitor his weight and syringe feed him. The only problem I have is that I don't know what to syringe feed him. And my other guinea pig with no visible dental problems still needs to eat solid food. Should I keep it out of the cage and give it to him at certain times so the other guinea pig won't choke on them?

You can syringe feed him mushed up pellets. He will need feeding regularly - every couple of hours (day and night) as he isn’t able to pick up hay for himself. Keep a very close eye on his weight to know whether you are syringing him enough
Feed your other piggy a normal - lots of hay in the cage as normal at all times. This piggy with the tooth problem likely won’t be able to pick up any food anyway so it shouldn’t be a problem

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My guess is about 5 days, I will monitor his weight and syringe feed him. The only problem I have is that I don't know what to syringe feed him. And my other guinea pig with no visible dental problems still needs to eat solid food. Should I keep it out of the cage and give it to him at certain times so the other guinea pig won't choke on them?

I’m not going to lecture you but when an animal has a nasty accident it is usually best to get a vet to check them over. How would you identify a fracture otherwise?

Please read our syringe feeding guide. For now, his usual peppers dissolved in warm water to make a mash would be a good start to give him while you are waiting to see the vet

Complete Syringe Feeding Guide

Not Eating, Weight Loss And The Importance Of Syringe Feeding Fibre
 

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No, but the vet needs to check whether they have sheared off at the gum or what has happened to the roots. This really isn’t something that should be left. You really do need to see a vet as a matter of priority.
Should I remove the hay and food pellets and give them to my other guinea pig at certain times to avoid him choking?
 

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No, leave them in there. But you will have to syringe feed to help him maintain his weight as mentioned above. You also need to start weighing him daily at the same time. Read the link VickiA put above re syringe feeding and see what else is recommended for syringing. But for now you will have to use the pellets.

I think it's sometimes suggested you cut the veg up into small strips to make it easier for them. You should go ring your vet now and try to have him seen.
 

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Taking him to the vet this friday and i am taking all the necessary precautions until then.
 

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This should count as an emergency appointment I’d say considering the injury happened after he fell off a surface. If you tell this to the vet they may see him sooner.
 

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He will need to see a vet, who can check whether the teeth have broken, or whether they've been damaged at the roots, and therefore won't regrow. In the meantime, the bottom teeth will need some attention, as they will grow too long, as they won't have anything to wear against. It is important to get him checked by a vet quickly, as infection can get into the tooth root and he could be at risk of an abscess too. In the meantime, you need to cut all veg into thin strips. Don't give anything that he needs to bite down onto. You can offer softened nuggets, but often they can pick up nuggets, just fine, despite missing the teeth. If his weight is dropping you will need to step in with syringe feeding. You can watch an instructional video here Today's instructional video on our Facebook page - Syringe feeding
 

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I am not able to that is the only day the clinic is able to see him, where I live we don't have many vets for guinea pigs. I also messaging the vet and about his weight. We already checked his weight and fed him small pieces of carrots peppers and a very small amount of apple. He has been walking fine so I don't think he has any fractures. He still has small pieces of his teeth left. I guess that after one broke the other one did not have enough support an just snapped off. I am not sure what I can do regarding his bottom teeth until Friday. If possible could you please give me suggestions for how many times I should feed him day and night and high fibre foods that are safe for him.
 

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I am not able to that is the only day the clinic is able to see him, where I live we don't have many vets for guinea pigs. I also messaging the vet and about his weight. We already checked his weight and fed him small pieces of carrots peppers and a very small amount of apple. He has been walking fine so I don't think he has any fractures. He still has small pieces of his teeth left. I guess that after one broke the other one did not have enough support an just snapped off. I am not sure what I can do regarding his bottom teeth until Friday. If possible could you please give me suggestions for how many times I should feed him day and night and high fibre foods that are safe for him.
Is he able to eat for himself? We have a few piggies here, with missing incisors (they never had them) and they eat just fine. However, piggies who lose or break them, find it difficult, as they need to learn to eat without them. If he's got small pieces of booth left, there is the potential for infection to get into the pulp cavity. This needs checking, as soon as you can get him to a vet.
 

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Is he able to eat for himself? We have a few piggies here, with missing incisors (they never had them) and they eat just fine. However, piggies who lose or break them, find it difficult, as they need to learn to eat without them. If he's got small pieces of booth left, there is the potential for infection to get into the pulp cavity. This needs checking, as soon as you can get him to a vet.
He can eat small pieces of veggies off our hands, I am not sure about hay.
 
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