After about a week of the Prednisone, he started to eat and drink again on his own, and his weight started to slowly pick back up. We went with an every-other-day regimen on the Pred, which seemed to be working well; then backed it down to every three days. Still slowly gaining weight, active, and otherwise seemed to be back to his old self.
Approximately a month into the Prednisone treatment, Bassy lost a tooth. It is his lower right incisor. The vet took a look again and said that it had broken off at the gumline, and there was a little bit of inflammation. We put him back on Baytril, continued with the Pred on an every-three-days schedule, and the missing tooth didn't seem to have any effect on his ability to eat or drink.
We did a follow-up visit with the vet again last week, after I was concerned that there didn't appear to be any new tooth growth. She looked and said that there *did* appear to be some growth, just above the gumline, and it looked to be healthy tooth. I mentioned that I thought his jaw alignment looked very much off, too. Dr. M. compared the alignment with Sebastian's cagemate, Oliver, but said she thought that jaw alignment itself looks normal but that the remaining tooth is growing at an angle.
I'm stumped by this. Is it possible for it to be leaning so far to the right just in the short time that the right tooth has been missing? Dr. M. stated that she would do some research and check with some of her colleagues on this and see what they would recommend. I thought I'd post it here, too, and see what you guys suggest:
Should the remaining tooth be clipped? If so, by how much? Again, this doesn't seem to be interfering with his ability to eat (yet)...he's still wolfing down hay, pellets and veggies and maintaining a weight of 2 lbs. 8 oz.
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Elsie has a tooth problem and gets hers clipped every 4-6 weeks. Sometimes one tooth is loose and the vet is able to pull it out and within weeks a new one grows back since the root is always still there.
Is there any way for me to find out what vets typically use to clip guinea pig teeth? I mentioned this before, but I'd like to invest in a good clipper that I can take with me, same as I do with my set of diamond files (which vet always raves about; thank you, whoever recommended that small set to me). Dr. M. has been using an old pair of what looks like pliers/cutters that seem a little large for the job. So far, she has only taken off the tip of the tooth, but if she needs to cut off more than that, I'm wondering if she should use something else. ?