I am a guinea pig owner from Portugal, My guinea pig is about 2 years old, and he had is first overgrowth episode about a year ago. However about a month ago he started having episodes every 2 weeks. Between episodes he shows hunger and to be feeling well and I also feed him with a syringe, and he increases weight. After that, he stars eating less and loosing weight, when i take him to the vet he needs to wear them down again.
He normally already does vitamin C every week and he always has hay at disposale. Is feeding consists of vegetable and pellets.
I very kindly ask for your help, support and advise as my vet from here, as only told me if it keeps happening I will need to put him down. As he still is so lively, I am looking for more answers.
Is there any method to incresed theeth wear down that you recomend?
I know it is a recurrent situation, so I am looking for something that helps increase the time between episodes and help him leed a comfortable and happy life with some treatment.
Thank you very much for your help in advance.
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Does he just stop eating less, or are there other symptoms? Is he drooling? Dropping food from his mouth? Trying to pick food up but can't?
There are dental problems that can be fixed, some that can't, and some that could go either way. We'd have to know more to be able to make any suggestions.
Has your vet taken an xray?
Sometimes vets that are not as skilled working with teeth will consult with veterinary dentists for advice. I am guessing being able to send a nice clear xray is important.
Malocclusion can be difficult to get under control if the vet does not have a great deal of dental experience with guinea pigs.
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If the molars are just overgrown, there can be a couple of problems. The pig may not be eating enough hay to keep the molars ground down. Getting the molars planed once or twice and reducing the number of veggies/treats the pig gets may resolve the problem. Or, it could be an issue with the structure of the jaw and could require regular planings at roughly 4-6 week intervals to keep the pig eating. That's not a long-term solution, as repeated anesthesia isn't good for the pig, and the cost isn't good for the owner's pocketbook.
A third possible problem has to do with the way the jaw is hinged. Sometimes a chin sling can help. See if http://www.guinealynx.info/chinsling.html gives you any potentially useful information.
Good luck, and keep us posted on how he's doing.