- Supporter 2016-2018
That is a link to Jessie's old thread for anyone who wishes to read it.
It all started back in September 2006. We had just lost Choloe to cancer of the bladder and we got Jessie as a friend for Zoe.
Jessie's first 3 years were uneventful, she would eat nothing but grass, hay and pellets.
Then in September 2009 Jessie started to eat other foods mostly soft foods. In October she had X-rays which showed she had an abscess. The abscess was marsupilised BUT the cause of the abscess was never looked into.
Over the coming months Jessie would have 4 more abscesses and 4 more surgeries.
May 2010 we went to another vet with a better dental machine and had her x-rayed which showed she had a bad tooth.
We had 3 options, leave her as is and she would slowly starve to death, let her rest forever or go with the surgery which she had a 10% survival rate.
As Jessie was/is a fighter we went with the surgery and she made it through! About 3 -7 days after surgery it was noticed Jessie's mouth was misaligned, it was thought her jaw was fractured. In October Jessie tried the chin sling which she hated and X-rays were taken to show she had elongated roots.
Again world war 3 started trying to get the vets to file her teeth to the gum line, but eventually our vets contacted Dr Lengendre in Canada who is a piggy teeth expert and he convinced them to file to gum line.
Through this Jessie has had motility issues where she is either not pooping or has the runs or is doing everything a piggy should but all the food not moving through her tummy at once.
All through this fantastic journey Jessie has remained a fighter and we hope this continues. To many she is just a guinea pig but to me who has depression, a fear of people, and no friends she is my world, we live for her and the biggest struggle has been with the vets, espeically those who think they know about guinea pigs but are too ashamed to admit they know little if any.
Here is what Jessie looks like taken about 2 years ago when Jessie was fit and healthy, she is a mix breed but she has a heart of gold and she has taken our hearts with her.
Jessie is not a cuddly piggy but that doesn't matter to us as we love her just as much.
Will keep you posted.
All through our journey many have followed it, some offered advise or support BUT all through our journey to date Pinta has been a brick! A wolrd of advise, patience and support and Jessie and I would like to say thank you!
Definitely reading -- wondering how on earth you're still able to be awake and functional through all of this, as it's been so so long. I don't have any suggestions that you probably haven't tried.
I don't know if this was mentioned but if you leave soft pellets in a bowl in her cage will she eat it? That's what we started doing with Dudley. She just won't eat hard pellets (long story, not getting into it here) so we were syringe feeding constantly. Now we've stopped and we just put a bowl of warm pellet mash in her condo. She eats it right away and less as it cools, but does still eat it. Then we give fresh/warm when we get home from work or throughout the day when we're not at work. She's maintaining her weight. Not gaining like I'd like, but maintaining.
If you did that - could she eat on her own and maintain weight?
- Supporter 2016-2018
Seems every time she gets her teeth filed her mouth becomes more misaligned. Will keep you posted, Somechick have tried leaving mashed pellets and also Critical care for Jessie but she will not have a bar of it. Jessie's bottom teeth around around 3 and 9 o'clock, will try and take a picture soon.
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I wonder if pigs can get stye's? That's exactly what mine looked like one time. I used Bausch and Lomb brand contact lens solution to rinse my eye out, because it is the only brand that has Boric Acid in it. Boric Acid kills styes. I wonder if it's safe to try on Jessie? It cleared mine up within 2 days.
My thoughts, prayers, and hugs are with you!!! Please let us know how the trim goes on Thurs. I'll be thinking of you!