- My home, ruled by pigs!
I wouldn't allow a dremel to be used...too much vibration and a quick, clean cut is the way to go.
- Supporter in '08
The idea of using clippers on their teeth makes MY teeth hurt!
- My home, ruled by pigs!
I am the one who holds Elsie's mouth open for the procedure and I can assure you it is quick and painless. One or two snips and it's over.
She can't be on her back so I bring the Super Pet Chair with me and we prop her up in it so that she is reclining, with the back of the chair up against a wall.
I hold her lips down and away from her teeth while the vet positions the tool. Once we are satisfied of how much to cut...snip! It's over.
I always practice the reclining position with my pigs and looking at their teeth so that if they ever need to go to the vet they will be used to that.
The tooth needs to be trimmed to the length it would normally be. I believe Dr. Legendre files the teeth down with a dremel(?).
If the molars are fine and he is chewing normally and his jaw is in alignment, I don't think a Chin-Sling would help. The Chin-Sling concentrates gentle pressure at the back of the jaw forcing molars into position and contact. If he isn't self-grinding the incisor because he doesn't have enough jaw strength, then the chin-Sling could help.
Interestingly, the missing tooth is not on the side with the sunken eye.
I still wonder if the Prednisone caused just enough bone density loss to bring this about. Bassy will be 4 years old in October.
Do you know what kind of cutter attachment (diameter) works best for the job?
Does anyone know what works best? Would a dental burr be even better?
In the process of handling him during the xrays, the vet tech noticed a lump on Bassy's upper leg/lower thigh. After the rad was taken, Dr. M decided to do a fine needle aspiration on it to see what it was. As she did so, the lump suddenly started oozing dried pus. She ended up squeezing out what I'd estimate to be around 3ml of dry, stringy gray pus. Even the vet tech said, "Eww!"
Dr. M suggested we get Sebastian back on Baytril (well tolerated) for 7 days, and told me to flush it initially w/ peroxide, then flush every day for several days after that with plain saline -- which I did.
This morning I noticed that the lump has filled up again. I didn't think to read the GL section on lumps until just now, and noticed that the recommendation is to keep the lump open, flush with Betadine, and squeeze out any pus. Since the lump has closed up again, will warm soaking be enough to open it again, or should I aspirate it?
I'm assuming, from what I read on lumps, that it's an abscess-? It's somewhat hard and skin-colored. As of this morning, it's slightly smaller than a marble and does seem to bother him when I touch it.
It's also possible to have an infected sebaceous cyst.
You could also flush with warm saline solution (I think Josephine likes this better).
My vet tried to call me earlier today but missed me. I'm hoping to sync up with her first thing in the morning. The vet tech said we may need to put a small tube in to keep it draining. How in the heck do you do this on a guinea pig without them biting on it or pulling it out?