Can she have some of it, expired and all, or what do I do? I could run out to the store tonight and get her a new bottle of Advil if she's in pain.
She's only got ABs in her tummy right now. Would it be bad to keep adding meds? I'd really like her to eat something.
I'll go get her a new bottle now, but could you please help me out on the dosage? I'm a math idiot and don't trust myself. Beatrice is an even 1 kg right now.
I have a sick feeling that the vet messed up her teeth. I can see now that he trimmed her front teeth and they're a lot shorter than they were. She took a piece of hay from me but then wanted it out of her mouth, like she wasn't chewing it properly and it was gagging her.
She attempted a piece of lettuce this morning, but didn't seem to be able to get much of a grip on it. There were tiny teeth marks in her red pepper pieces when I got home from work today, but she didn't eat more than a taste of it. For now, I put a bowl of melon in the cage for her, just in case she feels able to eat it.
I'm trying to keep up with handfeeding her as best I can, but she really won't take much. Her energy is good, she's perky and she's keeping warm, so I think she's doing okay. I'd like her to be way better than this though. It's frustrating to know she's not eating nearly enough.
I also can't get Critical Care in this city and that's really frustrating too. She's done well on it in the past, but now I can't get any for her. I just e-mailed Oxbow to see if they know of a local vet that might have some.
For now I've put her regular pellets into the blender with water and baby food squash and pureed it as best I can.
I'm keeping up with her Advil and ABs and I'm already exhausted because this is on my mind all day. I'm going to try to get another few cc's of food into her tonight before bed along with her meds. It's honestly a struggle to even get 1cc of food into her.
I can get pretty much anything into any of my pigs but Beatrice. She's a crazy squirmer and it's SO difficult. Every vet she's ever been to has had a next to impossible time examining her and working on her and now I'm trying to get food and meds into her flailing little mouth and it's not easy.
I need a good vet!!! I miss living near pinta's vet. It's so nice to not have to worry about the vet's competency. Now it's basically a crap shoot and I never know what I'm going to get.
This vet said if she's not eating in a couple days to let him know and get her back into the office. What can he do though, that I'm not doing? He can't get a good look in her mouth without sedation either, so neither of us can see what her teeth look like beyond the front ones.
I got a recommendation today from someone at work that has guinea pigs. It just happened that I had to call her on a work related issue and the first thing she asked was "How're your pigs?" That turned into her giving me the name of her vet who she raved about. The clinic is about 45 minutes from my work, or about 25 mins from my home and is awesome! I called this afternoon, said Beatsie isn't eating, and they fit me in for a 5:15 appointment today.
The vet tech gave me a 3 page guinea pig care sheet to read while I waited for the vet and it was like reading GL. Hallelujah! Then, the vet spent over an hour with Beatrice and I, giving me lectures on guinea pig care, diet, things to watch for, explaining piggy digestion, drawing me diagrams of maloccluded teeth. The office closed at 6, but they stayed with me until 6:30. I've never felt so happy to hear a lecture before. The info was great.
This vet actually even looked in Beatrice's mouth with a speculum and showed me her teeth so I could see them for myself. He also examined the hay I had in her carrier to make sure it was a good grass hay. I got the "grass vs. alfalfa for an adult pig" speech from him too. It was music to my ears. :)
Even better, they also sell Oxbow stuff. I got some Critical Care, which I've been phoning all over for and nobody's heard of it... although, according to one other vet in town, the CC for kittens has been discontinued, in case you're wondering. (what?!)
So, the scoop on Beatsie is that her molars are okay, but her incisors are a bit short to pick food up on her own. I'm to continue the handfeeding, with CC now finally, and monitor her progress. She may also have an infected tooth pulp or possible abcess not yet visible in her mouth. I'm supposed to continue her on the ABs, but apparently Chlor-Palm might not be the best to clear it up. If it's not working, he'll give me something else for her.
I'm so relieved about this!