- You can quote me
Don't force or push. Try using "medium" pieces ... that is, not the softest (he may not understand what you're doing) and not the stalkiest (too easy to injure the inside of his mouth). Somewhere in-between.
I feel awful about this. I can't believe the water bottle just...broke. Holy cow.
We're going to take a fecal pellet in for testing Saturday to look for parasites and to see whether the mineral deficiencies/excesses show up there too.
* White blood cells high
* Rbc low
* Phosphorus low
* Glucose high
* Calcium high
* Potassium low
* Cholesterol low
The vet suggested first doing a fecal check to make sure there aren't any parasites, then doing the antibiotic to see if there is just some sort of low-grade infection.
After that, x-rays and an ultrasound to look for a mass that might be eating up all of the nutrients.
In the meanwhile, Milo likes the antibiotics and is eating and drinking and acting enthusiastic about everything. His teeth have almost completely grown back, which just blows my mind.
I'm off to get baby benedryl for Frost. I think I wrote the dose down wrong, though. I could have sworn the vet said 2 mL, which seems way too much. Maybe it should be 0.2 mL?
Josephine's 1 mg/lb dose is 2.2 mg/kg.
Children's Benadryl (Equate generic) is 12.5 mg diphenhydramine in every 5mL solution, or 2.5 mg/mL.
Josephine's dose of 2.2 mg/kg divided by 2.5 mg/mL gives a dose of 0.88 mL/kg.
Frost's mass is 0.846 kg today.
His dose then is 0.846 kg * 0.88 mL/kg = 0.75 mL
We have had guinea pigs since 2004. We have NEVER had broken front teeth to contend with before, and now both of our pigs have broken out their front teeth in a matter of weeks. What's more, I haven't found the missing tooth!
What on earth is going on?
I can't get the little pooper to show me his lower teeth, but from what I can gently feel through his lip/throat, I think the broken tooth is growing back in, but has a fairly sharp edge.
Has anyone experienced a pig getting sores or irritations in their mouths from a broken tooth?
His left lower front tooth is broken off, currently with about a 3-4 mm stub above the gum line. The gum looks irritated but not inflamed (no current sign of infection).
His other teeth were all out of wack, with his uppers looking like a tanto knife blade. The vet trimmed his lower tooth back a little bit, and trimmed the uppers enough to be even across. I discussed my concern about over-trimming, but she was knowledegable about guinea pig teeth.
He's getting metacam for a couple of days to help with pain and reduce swelling, and the vet taught me how to do a front tooth exam. NOT fun, as it feels like I'm going to snap his neck holding his head in place, but it is effective and Frost doesn't seem to have any lasting resentment about having his head manhandled like that.
My instructions are to keep an eye on his gums and the tooth growth, and to report back if there is any sign of infection and/or if his teeth need another trimming.