My oldest boar Derek a 2 1/2 years old was taken into the vet this evening she is an exotic vet and it was my first time seeing her as Derek thankfully has been very healthy. I took him in today because I noticed yesterday he was acting a bit off.
Derek begs for food all day everyday constantly biting the cage bars. Yesterday he stopped completely looking for me to give him food or biting bars. I weigh weekly and not real big weight loss just a few grams here and there. I had did his weigh in the day before and since he was acting off weighed him again and he was -20gr from the day before. He’s eating hay and eating pellets some lettuce but nothing hard like carrots or cucumbers.
I can see when he’s chewing he’s having a hard time as well. Anyway vet looked at his teeth and said the the bottom front is too long but could not see his back teeth because he had to much food. She also did a swab of one his ears and tested it and said he has a “yeast infection” her words exactly and will work on his ears and teeth trimming on Wednesday that he will be sedated so I will have to leave him for a few hours.
I’m just super worried does this sound right? I read that the back teeth should be checked before doing any work on front teeth, also is sedation necessary? Yeast infection in ear is that right? I’m just so worry for him he really hates being around unfamiliar people and noises he doesn’t like to be handled but will cuddle next to me. He also screamed really loud several times while she was examining him is that normal? Sorry for all the questions you guys. I look forward to hearing what you all think.
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What I'd want to confirm is that she plans to do more than just trim his front teeth. They only overgrow if there's something wrong with the molars or the jaw, so clipping them won't help for more than a few days, if that much. If the molars have overgrown or have spurs, they'll need to be planed. She also needs to x-ray the skull to make sure that the problem isn't elongated molars or an abscessed tooth.
Also I had to separate him from his cage mate last night got into a minor fight no wounds they never fight so I assume it’s ‘cause Derek is not well. I put bars in between there c&c cage they each now have a 3x4 space, I hope that is enough space.
Update: he went into the vet for scheduled surgery. The vet said she checked his molars but didn’t see anything wrong and was unable to do X-rays (I was pretty upset about this) she did clip his front teeth and gave meloxicam for the next 3 days once a day.
He’s basically back to square one, trying to eat but struggles like if food is getting stuck somehow in his teeth. I feel like this is a clear sign it’s the back teeth right? And I expressed this to the vet. Is it normal cause it’s only been a few hours since he got home? Will it get better over time or is my vet that supposed to be an exotic vet not do a good job.
I’m so upset about this, feel like I put him through an unnecessary procedure :|
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After the first dose of meloxicam, I'd split the dose in half and give it twice a day. It just will not carry a pig through 24 hours.
It does sound like the problem is the molars, if she didn't see anything wrong with the teeth and didn't do an x-ray, there's no way to know whether the problem is elongated roots or an abscessed tooth or something else.
I think I'd be wanting another opinion from another vet, preferably one with rodent dentist experience. If you look at the vet bios on the websites, you can generally tell whether they've got somebody with the experience you need.