Rufi eats now greens or vegetables (but no hay), but in limited amounts.
Either as a slurry or regular pellets. Sometimes piggies eat pellet slurry from a spoon or a dish, then handfeeding wouldn't be necessary.
Maybe you can find this feed
http://www.vetuk.co.uk/guinea-pig-food-vetcare-guinea-pig-fo ... a-1kg-p-9415
It is not a pellet, rather a sort of soft stick, he might be able to eat this better than hard pellets.
I would definitely keep pellets/slurry in the diet while he is so underweight.
Ok, I will stop giving him, until diarrhea stops, grass and I will feed him manually (he would not eat pellets on his own). I didn't wanted to do this, since during grass eating he was grinding his teeth, but dehydration is more perilous. Thanks!
Cabbage is another green to watch out for: Pigs who are not used to cabbage must be introduced very slowly or they will end up with gas that could result in Stasis.
The safe second growth of grass is what comes up after the first mowing.
Watch out for clover - can have the same effect. Has to be introduced gradually. Once their systems are used to it they can handle more.
Rufi steadily gains weight, though he would not eat hay. But hopefully this will change until autumn. In every other aspect, he seems normal and happy.
- You can quote me
Remember that YOU did the work. We can advise and support, but YOU are the one that handfed him, took him to multiple vets, and did everything you needed to do to help him recover.
You have kept your commitment to him throughout, and saved his life. That's important. Take some pride in that, too.
Looking for the reason, I observed that Rufi's cheek is moist.
I presume there can be 4 reasons:
-weak jaw muscles
-a combination of the above
Can you guys give me an advice? Of course, I could take him to the vet, but they are also inexperienced in these matters regarding Guinea pigs. I would like to save Rufi from unnecessary stress and pain.
Thank you in advance!
Are his incisors aligned when he is wearing the Chin-Sling and is viewed from the front? If not he will need a pad on one side to nudge the jaw over into proper alignment. But if the molars have overgrown again, they will need planing.