- And got the T-shirt
Will he eat hay if you poke it into his mouth, all the way back to his molars? If the vet trimmed his front teeth, which is not usually done, he may be unable to pick up anything as small as a strand of hay. If that's the case, he should start eating as soon as the incisors are long enough for him to pick up the food.
One thing to try is to make sure he's hungry when you feed him hay. You don't ever want to withhold food very long from a guinea pig, but they can come to prefer veggies over hay, and just won't eat the hay if they're not hungry. I'd try taking everything away for a couple of hours and then putting him down in a pile of hay and see if he'll eat it. If he doesn't, go ahead and feed him anyway, because he shouldn't go long without food.
Another trick is to make sure you're giving him very fresh, green hay. If you're getting the stuff in the small bags from the pet store, it's usually dry and fairly tasteless. Most pigs will go nuts for good green hay, so it's worth a little effort to see if you can get some.
Other than that, the only thing I can suggest is hand-feeding him his hay if he'll take it. If you can pick out the strands with the seed heads, most pigs really love those, and he may be willing to take that. And cross your fingers that he'll remember that he likes hay, and continues to eat it!
- Cavy Comic
Lack of vitamin D does not make anyone stop eating, the malocclusion did. If the pig eats enough hay a day, the cause needs to be determined. An X-ray can show if there is an underlying problem. If there is nothing to see, the heart may be the culprit. A heart scan can show more. I had a piggie whose heart problems caused teeth issues, but it was discovered too late.
- Supporter 2016-2018
With the first vet we needed Metacam-pain medication, with the second vet we needed nothing at all. The second vet also used only the gas to put her under, none of the other sedation medication. Hoping Possum feels his normal self real soon. Weigh him regularly to make sure he's not losing too much weight.Keep up the good work.