I have to confess that I was never brave enough to use the buccal pad separators I got on any of my pigs. I suppose this makes me a whimp.
I am so sorry you are having problems with them.
- I GAVE, dammit!
I want to make sure everyone is warned about this:
These are the separators I got from Vedra. I put the first one in the pig's mouth, turned it horizontally, and it went into position as it was supposed too. Except that it was trapped on both sides. I slipped one side of the other separator in to see if I could ease the one stuck in there out, and it too slipped right in and stuck.
I tried to get it out for an hour, and eventually realized it wasn't coming out.
The wonderful ER vet, who I've seen before and knows about guinea pigs, had to actually cut the separators off, inject the pig with Lidocaine, cut under the chin and take them out. They'd pierced her like a fish hook
I'll post pics of the separators (in pieces) tomorrow, but the curve of the ends was rough, and there was a small gap in the middle of the curve. That's the part - we think - that did the damage.
All I can do now is to hope the mouth doesn't abscess. This pig has been on Doxy for some days for pneumonia, but I had stopped the Baytril after 4 days because she wasn't tolerating it. She's now back on both a/bs, and I just hope I can get her through this.
Please note on the buccal pad separator page that the cool directions Mike gave for making one of your own include dipping it in a rubber like material to make it softer for the inside of the mouth. This also seals the ends so nothing could get caught.
I am so sorry for you and your guinea pig, Mum. It does sound like this was absolutely an emergency.
- I GAVE, dammit!
The worst part is that this is a pig I offered to look after while she was sick.
I didn't even order the separators directly from Vedra - Webs got them for me, so I'm pretty sure there's no recourse at all.
I'd really like to hear from anybody else who's actually used them. I wonder whether mine were faulty, or whether it was this pig's anatomy. I'm very concerned that someone else may use them and have the same problem.
Pig's looking pretty bad this morning - I'm going to h/f, subcue, and medicate. She was supposed to be going back home last night, but obviously I'll need to keep her longer.
I have no experience using these pads, but I did pass this information on to a vet once with other material who became very angry and said they were dangerous. I had no intent on using them and am also aware that some vets can be prejudiced as it is a potential business loss for them.... In fact this vet's method of teeth trimming was far from conservative either.... so in truth, I made no judgement about it.
I have no doubt this pig is in the best hands possible with you and I am hoping she will have a uncomplicated recovery.
I would like more feedback from people too. I take it you've used the buccal pad separators before? Depending on what I find out, I may remove them from the site and just leave up the ones that Mike gave directions for.
At the very least, I ought to put a warning on the separator page.