Weigh daily. Watch closely to see if the top teeth start to be worn down. If you do see a vet to have the top teeth trimmed, MAKE SURE IT IS ONLY A TINY AMOUNT! Many vets cut off too much worsening the problem.
Once you can see the regrowing bottom teeth, the gradual wearing of the top teeth should begin again. Weighing daily will let you know if there is a problem that must be addressed immediately (also, observe closely).
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His top incisors are starting to curve in a little. I will keep a close watch - so far he is doing just fine. I think with pigs it is good to be a little obsessive (in watching them).... Too often people (and some vets) get obsessed with the length of the front teeth confusing individuality with overgrowth and attempting to force the teeth to lengths inappropriate for that particular pig. Rule-of-thumb: If the pig is not losing weight - there most likely is not a problem.
It often happens in Lab (i dealt with hundred of experimental SD rats before), that they fight with each other and cause broken teeth. Just looking like yours, of course your pig might be just an accident of example biting on the cage to hard.
As we dont check their teeth very often and it would be noticed when we found it was dropping weight obviously. Because the upper front teeth is growing too long and damaging the lower gum, also stopping the lower incisors growing out.
What i would do was to use a completely disinfected nail clipper ad clip the front teeth short, and also wet the pellet so it could eat better. It helps.
Weight good .... check
Still doing a couple of syringe feedings a day. I am noticing the side to side grind of his jaw when he is just sittin and chillin. Is that the front teeth or the molars that he is working on?
p.s. here is the family.
Deuce is my problem boy 4yo.... Nutmeg 2 yo (I should call her Fatmeg) is on the ramp and baby Kneesaa, we are thinking 3-4 mo's any one else have a guesstimate on her age? She is a Teddy.
And yet another question and maybe I should post this in the chat section - Nutmeg snarfs her food and is a little on the rubenesque side while the others are able to control their appetites and not get so chunky. Does anyone have problems controlling the weight of just one pig in a herd? And what do you do?
Tine, this site does not endorse do-it-yourself dental work on gps. Better to have a competent cavy vet do a very small trim, if needed.
Tandy, if it has been at least two weeks since those incisors were broken off, there may be another problem. GP teeth grow amazingly fast, and I'd want to see a normal or near normal length to them again after that amount of time.
Of course it is the best to let a GP vet handle it. And also let the vet check the molars.
But in my own experienced hands it is okay for me to do so. Okay other owners: please leave the work to vets.
Thanks, this has been coming up in my mind lately.
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I'd leave his teeth alone as long as he's eating properly. Generally, once they hit the top incisors they start to be worn down correctly.
If you trimmed the remaining incisor, then you'd be handfeeding until the teeth were long enough.