Her front, top teeth are very, very short. Her two bottom teeth are very sharp and pointy and have brown gunk between them. Also, it looks like they've split and she has 3 teeth instead of two on the bottom. I am unable to get a good look at what is going on behind these bottom front teeth but something doesn't seem right there either!
Fortunately, she continues to eat well so whatever is going on is not affecting her ability to eat.
If her teeth need to be clipped will she have to go under anesthesia for it? She turned 5 in April and I really would like to avoid that. Does it hurt when they get their teeth trimmed down?
Write Pinta if you want a good opinion.
I've been checking her for over a month now and nothing has changed so I'm not sure if the top teeth are growing. At one point they were longer but one tooth was broken and was very short. Perhaps the top teeth are being broken by the sharp lower ones?
Hopefully Pinta will read this by tomorrow and I'll get her opinion.
The vet said there are "peg teeth" behind the front teeth that remain small but Elsie's were over grown and pushing her one bottom front tooth in front of the other. If you looked at the teeth from the side it appeared that she had another set growing behind...weird. The vet said she's seen this in a rabbit but never in a guinea pig and that is was pretty bad. Although Elsie could still eat she felt it was going to eventually cause a problem.
When she gave Elsie back to me she was just coming out of the anesthesia and she said that she'd be sore and probably wouldn't eat and be normal until tomorrow. Ha! Elsie came out of it and began eating the hay in the carrier before I left the office. When we got home she ate her dinner as if nothing happened! What a trooper.
Anybody hear of these "peg teeth"? I wasn't aware they existed. They are still there but her teeth are all trimmed down now.
When you said it looked like she had three teeth instead of two on the bottom, is it actually four? I do recall a very strange case (maybe you do too) of a guinea pig that had two sets of teeth in its mouth. I don't know if it lived very long -- think there may have been an operation performed but not sure.
Yes, on closer look it looked like she had four teeth. The best way I can describe it is looking at her bottom teeth from the side, you can clearly see another set growing behind the front set. I knew something was back there but I just couldn't get it "out" and I suspected it was tooth matter, which it is.
I have a friend coming for the weekend so I'll do my best to get a good pic of it. It may be harder to see now that the teeth are all trimmed down. However, to me it is obvious when I look at her that it's not normal...definitely weird!
I was able to scrape a lot of that brown gunk off and now since she saw the vet today they are clean. I thought there was more gunk behind her teeth but I was mistaken!
However, in this pic you can see a part of one on the left.
I'll try and get better pics this weekend however the vet trimmed all the teeth so it may not show up as well in a photo unless I can get a good close up. I'll try.