I really wanted to ask some advice for my guinea pig Aiko.
She is 4 years old now. She had surgery to remove a cyste and her teeth are also treated because they were too long after refusing to eat hay. She refuses to eat and drink herself. I'm feeding her for almost a week now after the surgery. The vet gave me the advice to feed her with baby food. He also got me OX BOW Critical Care. I need to treat her with Emeprid 1mg/ml and Rodikolan 15ml 3-times a day. Also for the pain he prescribed Metacam only once a day.
I sometimes even try to give her small apple pieces to see if she would chew again, but she spits it out. I keep her weight numbers in my little book.
I am so worried! I try to feed her every hour and she keeps losing weight.. She simply doesn't want to eat.. I'm probably gonna go back to the vet as soon as i can. I really don't understand why she won't eat and drink...
Unless the cyst was major surgery, it is most likely the teeth are the problem. A good veterinary dentist can trim them properly.
I do not know what these products are:
Emeprid 1mg/ml and Rodikolan 15ml 3-times a day
I am sorry she is having such a difficult time.
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It's possible that her molars were planed too short and that she can't chew properly. I'd continue handfeeding her for a while longer. Guinea pig teeth grow very rapidly, and if the problem is that the vet was a little over-enthusiastic with the grinder, she may be able to eat fairly shortly.
Also, split the dose of Metacam in half, increase it by just a bit, and give it twice a day. The literature with it must recommend dosage once every 24 hours, but it just does NOT last that long. My vet said he figured out long ago that once daily Metacam is insufficient for guinea pigs, probably because of their fast metabolism, and that twice a day dosing works better.
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Continue to handfeed, as long as the weight lost is small I would keep an eye on it. It is hard to get a hand fed piggy to put on weight and 9 times out of 10 a sick piggy never puts back the weight they lost.
You're doing a great job, forget the baby food and feed the Critical Care, you might want to put some of her favourite foods into a blender and add to the mix just for a bit of goodness and a different taste for her.
Wishing you and Aiko all the best and hoping she improves real soon! A good piggy vet would only use gas to knock out and file teeth. Hoping you find a good dental vet for your piggy!
Homeopathic remedies are harmless, but in my opinion, also totally useless :).