BUCCAL PAD SEPARATORS
Buccal Pad Separators
NOTE: Both of these separators are made of wire bent in a loop. The ends of the wire are coated (or can be coated) to prevent the pointed end of the wire from causing injury to a guinea pig and in one case, pierced both cheek pads of a guinea pig being examined for the first time by a pet owner. Mike's plans presented here suggest rubber coating the ends for comfort with a product called Plasti Dip (by Performix) which can be found at stores like Lowes. This rubber coating should effectively improve safety by sealing the ends preventing them from perforating the cheek pads.
Buccal Pad Separators From England
Vedra Stanley-Spatcher designed a tool helpful to cavy tooth care. The buccal pad separators aid examination and trimming of teeth. These durable instruments are made of a high quality spring steel and will provide years of use. A specially designed tooth file is also available. The metal loops are now coated to avoid piercing the cheek. This is not a silicone covering and therefore they can only be cold sterilised.
Be sure to see an experienced veterinarian to properly diagnose your guinea pig's medical problem.
X-rays are invaluable for a proper diagnosis. Read about malocclusion on the teeth page.
Buccal Pad Separators and Teeth File
These tools can be purchased directly from Vedra.
Contact her directly by phone or write:
Mobile phone: 07721 026401
(it is best to send an sms text message when calling the mobile)
Current email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cambs PE28 2AF
The latest reported cost of the buccal pad separators for guinea pigs is now 28 pounds and the file is 11 pounds. Inquire about the cost for the rabbit separators.
Note: the file has a coarse surface at one end and a fine surface on the opposite side of the other end.
The buccal pad separators for rabbits are a set of two, both identical to the heavier weight guinea pig separator.
Plans For Making Separators From Test Tube Clamp
"How To Make Buccal Pad Separators By Modifying A "Micro" Test Tube Clamp"
Contributed to Guinea Lynx by Michael McCaughey.
When Michael McCaughey needed a pair of separators for his ill pig but was unable to get them from England in a timely manner, he looked for an alternative. These plans show how he was able to fashion a tool that would aid him in examining his guinea pig's teeth.
Mike strongly felt that every guinea pig owner should have a pair of these separators to allow inspection of their cavy's teeth.
Please note that the original tool uses high quality spring steel. These are formed by hand of a soft metal. While not as durable as the originals, they may be invaluable to those who have no alternative. Mike's plans recommend coating the ends for comfort (and safety) with a product called Plasti Dip (by Performix) which can be found at stores like Lowes. This rubber coating should effectively improve safety by sealing the ends preventing them from perforating the cheek pads. Image at right shows homemade separators without coating.
No directions for use accompany these plans. Use them at your own risk (see if your vet will provide any advice or tips).
Find the pdf assembled from Mike's directions HERE.
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