I am wondering how much weight loss, if any, that you have noted?
I switched for dental reasons which has been pretty successful so far for the pig I had concerns about. The others don't have a history of dental issues.
All of the pigs eat lots of KM hay and get veggies daily, but a couple have lost about 2-3 ounces in total.
I was wondering what others experiences might be like?
He had surgery this year for a benign tumor and had a really hard recovery. He lost weight and stayed around 2 pounds, 4 ounces. So now he has ended up losing a total of 3 more ounces since the change in diet. He is very healthy and active in all other ways-he is fully recovered and his old self.
He is an older pig, at least 4 years old and I have had him for 3.
Alfalfa? Wouldn't that be too much calcium for an older pig?
Erin-pellet-free diets force higher hay consumption. They really do eats lots more hay since their pellets have been taken out of the cage. Dr. Legendre suggested this to us a long time ago for our piggie who already passed away, and now that another has some questionable teeth problems we have implented this diet.
- I GAVE, dammit!
I wouldn't let him loose too much more before you decide to perhaps add extra pellets in for him.
Which guinea pig is this?
Hobie's teeth appear to be doing well since the change, and his weight is stable.
Salana--he wasn't gaining weight when he still had the pellets. It's like his weight just hit a standstill. I think he could regain if given pellets now, though.
- I GAVE, dammit!
Tough call. I always feel I have some breathing room if the pig isn't "too light to fight and too thin to win".
Well, at least he doesn't live with the teeth pig Hobie--Hobie will be really upset if Fuzzybear starts bragging about the pellets he's not getting!
A pellet-free diet just contains what you would normally give minus the pellets! Veggies/limited fruit and lots of hay! Dr. Legendre recommends it because hay and grasses wear the teeth better than anything else. When they fill up on pellets and veggies they can eat less hay and not be getting the best dental workout.