I bought a guinea pig (named Pig) at a pet store who turned out to be roan - and pregnant. She had two healthy boys (since adopted by another family) and my special baby Casper, a 7 week old white girl with small blue/red eyes. She is deaf and blind (possible partial sight in one eye). I took her to the local vet but realized I knew more than he did about pigs, which isn't very much. I've since found the name of a pig specialist, but it's Saturday here and they're not open till Monday.
Casper gets around great, has been eating well (or so I thought). She weighs 325 grams (is this good or bad for 7 weeks? her brothers were MUCH bigger than her, though she was largest at birth).
I looked at her teeth today for the first time (again, forgive me I'm new to this!) and she only has one front tooth that is cuving out and back in to her mouth - very pointy and sharp. I looked in her mouth because I noticed she ate small foods easier - fresh clover, slivers of any veggies etc. and seemed to avoid large food. I've bought a few kinds of pellets and she eats the kind that is very small. She holds her head to the side and chews for a long time, very loudly.
I'm crazy about Casper, she's adorable - very sweet and cuddly (doesn't startle like her mom because she's deaf and blind - she doesn't ever panic like her mom Pig - who I chose because she was so freaked out at the pet store, screamed her head off when held and stuffs her head into any corner - a pig that would appreciate a quiet adult home with no kids mauling her!).
Since noticing the overgrown tooth this afternoon (and I have no idea what her molars look like, could be worse) I've grated food for her, which she slurps up very happily. I also mixed some pellets with cranberry/raspberry juice, which she loved. She ate a lot, then I weighed her for the first time, which is the 325 grams.
My concern is - will she be ok till the vet opens on Monday, if I keep feeding her carefully? She pooped and peed lots after I fed her.
I should also say that her mom Pig does not like her at all, and stopped feeding her when I weaned the boys from her at 3 weeks. She nips at Casper when Casper comes near - should I seperate them or let them sort it out? I built a very big cage for them, hoping this would help (2 by 5 feet) with lots of hidey spots like cheap Ugg boots but it hasn't so far as they seem to end up in the same part of the cage or the same Ugg boot!
Thanks for any advice!
Check those out as kind of a primer on what to expect. Each lethal is different, depending on the severity of their congenital problems.
You should pm salana for advice but the above links have some info. Here is Einstein's thread http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?p=149871#149871
You probably need to make a pellet mash or feed the baby:
Moms usually don't nurse past 2-3 weeks.
I tried to PM Salana but as I'm new here the system wouldn't let me for some reason.
She needs to get that front tooth trimmed right away, it must be so uncomfortable (it curves out between her lips) with a dagger sharp end. But she's a happy active little girl, popcorning around her cage.
She knows I'm around as she smells when I'm near her - she lifts her head and sniffs around when I talk to her, looking for me.
The only vet she's been to so far is the useless one - I have to wait 2 days to try to get her in to the GP specialist (I'm in Perth Australia, if anyone has a suggestion for a vet here).
She eats any veggie that I cut in to a strip about the width of this sentance, if that makes any sense, and munches them down if I hold them out for her. Clover she eats on her own.
- GL is Just Peachy
Definitely get her teeth looked at thoroughly. Tooth problems are the most prevalent and most correctable obstacles in a lethal's daily life.
Jennicat, this is a special little pig, I don't have a choice!
I also realized that she gains 20 grams each meal - then poops about 20 grams. So she's not really gaining weight, but maintaining weight at least.
If I can figure out how to add a photo here, I will.
I found the best way to get her to eat on her own is to grate the veggies with a veggie grater (carrots, sweet potato, zucchini) and then very finely slice everything else.
We're off to the fill-in vet (Risely Street) to get her teeth trimmed hopefully, and pick up the Critical Care.
The Rabbit Medicine staff were really nice - said they didn't think it looked that hopeless (I filed a good amount down apparently!) and the vet will help on Friday. They didn't make Casper shriek when they looked at her mouth. They showed me how to feed her Critical Care, and fed her some (they thought her weight looked pretty ok considering). So I'm feeling more hopeful. She may not live a long life but I'll make sure she lives a good life.
And I couldn't help but get a baby rabbit to keep my rabbit company, a little chocolate dwarf lop. I'll get him in a few weeks time, and the price includes neutering. Dangerous place to visit!
I'll try to link to some photos here. As you can see, Casper's pretty adorable, full of personality and a tough little critter to survive 7 weeks with me, her idiot mom, throwing big chunks of food at her.