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Rufi

Post   » Wed Jun 17, 2015 2:55 am


Thanks pinta!
I think he is wearing the Chin-Sling correctly. Looking at his jaw(which is slightly open) I think (hope) that his incisors are overgrown. I will take him to the vet today.

Talishan
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Post   » Wed Jun 17, 2015 4:18 am


DON'T let them cut his incisors too short -- if they cut them at all. Ideally the incisors don't need to be trimmed at all; only the molars, and those only if necessary.

They often "look" overgrown if you look at them from a human, or dog, or cat, reference point of view. If you ever see the incisors of a rat or mouse, though, you'll see something closer to what a guinea pig's are supposed to look like.

(Actually, a rat's upper incisors are normally shorter than a cavy's, but you get the idea.)

Rufi

Post   » Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:08 am


Unfortunately Rufi's molars have overgrown again. The vet who planned his teeth last time is in vacation, so the operation will me made only on Monday.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Jun 18, 2015 5:31 pm


I'm sorry they have overgrown. You're still weighing and hand feeding, no?

pinta

Post   » Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:05 pm


Can he still tolerate the Chin-Sling? If the tongue isn't entrapped and he can tolerate it he will be able to do some grinding on his own while waiting for the vet appointment.

Talishan
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Post   » Fri Jun 19, 2015 3:44 am


Best to him and to you over the weekend, and on Monday. Please keep us posted on how he's doing.

Rufi

Post   » Fri Jun 19, 2015 11:27 am


I am weighing and hand feed him.

Regarding the Chin-Sling, I am thinking that maybe he shouldn't wear it, since he should eat as much as he can (he still eats on his own certain foods, though not with ease). And regardless, his teeth will be planned on Monday.
Can he wear his Chin-Sling right after the operation?

I hope I can post some good news on Monday. Until then, thank you all for your thoughts!

pinta

Post   » Fri Jun 19, 2015 1:57 pm


Wait for 3 days after the procedure before he wears the Chin-Sling and make sure he is on pain meds.

His mouth will be sore and his teeth sensitive right after the procedure.

Rufi

Post   » Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:13 am


Fortunately Rufi survived the 7 hours long trip and the operation.

He had overgrown molars only on one side of his jaw, I presume he is (hopefully was) chewing awkwardly because of the pain caused by the dislocated jaw.

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Post   » Tue Jun 23, 2015 3:52 pm


Poor guy. I hope with your care (diligent weighing and feeding when necessary) he turns around. Were you given pain medication?

Talishan
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Post   » Wed Jun 24, 2015 6:32 am


Ditto Lynx. How is he doing today?

Rufi

Post   » Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:00 am


After the first molar trimming his face was very swollen, this time it is much better. I hand feed him and give him painkillers. I am not sure, but it seems to me that he already started to nibble at some food. Anyway, he is very exited when the food is delivered:).

Talishan
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Post   » Wed Jun 24, 2015 9:55 am


This is good. Keep going and please keep us posted.

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:18 am


The swollen face sounds unusual. Can anyone whose pig has had their teeth trimmed comment on this?

Talishan
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Post   » Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:05 pm


I think (and this is just a guess) that a vet that doesn't have a lot of experience with dental work, and/or the best (or right size) tools, is going to have a harder time planing the teeth without a lot of collateral damage to the cheeks, gums, tongue and buccal pads.

The spaces in their mouths are very small and very tight. It's almost impossible even for a vet with lots of experience and good tools not to have a few nicks or small cuts. The more experience the vet gets, the smoother the procedure should go. I think that's why Rufi's better this time than the first.

Rufi

Post   » Thu Aug 27, 2015 4:06 am


Though this is a rather old thread, I will post Rufi's update.

The Chin-Sling has done it's magic! Rufi is eating hay again and, consequently, gained ~300 grams of weight. He eats slower as his buddies, but after a dislocated jaw on both sides, it is understandable.

Thank you all!

SardonicSmile

Post   » Thu Aug 27, 2015 7:25 am


So glad he is doing well again!

You took great care of him!

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Post   » Thu Aug 27, 2015 8:35 am


Congrats!!

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Post   » Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:25 pm


Yay!

Talishan
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Post   » Thu Aug 27, 2015 1:03 pm


You took magnificent care of him. Congratulations to you both.

Another testament to the efficacy of the Chin-Sling when properly used. Lynx, should this thread be made a link in the Records forum? If so I'll do it when I next get to a full computer.

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