Duck felt much better the first few days after we went to the vet, but she's going back to sleeping a lot and eating slowly despite the pain medication. I really don't want Duck to get any procedures unless absolutely necessary, so I wonder what are the reasons for her tooth to be growing out all jagged? I suspect she may have infection- but why wouldn't the vet have prescribed an antibiotic instead of metacam and a motility medication? I have already emailed the vet asking about antibiotics and am waiting for a reply.
Did the vet do a dental xray? Check for infection of the tooth? There is lots of info in the teeth pages. It could be a simple broken tooth growing out but not as likely since you are seeing other problems. Do weigh daily to make sure she's getting enough food.
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In the meantime, you will have to keep food moving through her system. Will she eat if you feed her long sticks of food, like veggies cut in long strips? You will probably need to hand feed Critical Care or some other mashed up food. There is info on the medical care guide, and your vet should be able to help you as well.
@ItsaZoo- Yes she will eat if the veggies are cut up for her- just very very slowly. I am mostly worried about her hay intake since I used to always find her in the hay, but now its much rarer to find her there. I am giving her critical care to supplement.
@bpatters- I agree that $300 is obscene. I live in NYC and am afraid that this is the norm for exotic vets here. Our visit cost over $200 for an examination and the 2 medications. I will try to get a better picture of the tooth. It's a little difficult to get a picture by myself.
Can the mouth close fully? To see kind of what the teeth should look like, look over http://www.guinealynx.info/teeth_broken.html Each guinea pig will have slightly different teeth but that page may help. If there is something wrong with the molars, sometimes it is reflected in the incisors.
About a week after my last post in this thread, one of Duck's eyes was protruding quite a bit and it was pretty watery. We ended up taking Duck back to the vet for an xray. There were no obvious points of concern in the scan but the vet said there was just the slightest bright spot that suggested an ear infection. We went home with some antibiotics (orbax) for 2 weeks. Duck was doing pretty well- she started eating normally, sleeping normal amounts, and gained her weight back. Her eye stopped being as watery, but it was still protruding enough for it to be noticeable. The vet said the next step is to look into seeing an exotic vet who specializes in optometry, but she did mention that if Duck's eye doesn't seem to bother her and it doesn't dry out then we have a bit of time before we need to do that. We left it at that because Duck seemed back to normal.
I noticed these past 3 days that Duck has been sleeping outside of her hidey with her head wedged in between corners? I know this is a sign of pain/discomfort so I am worried that the infection never fully cleared from January and has progressed enough to give Duck discomfort again. She is still eating her hay and pellets (picky with her veg, but she always has been). I also see her occasionally opening her mouth extra wide while chewing as if to reposition the food. Her eye has been protruding this entire time by the way. Some days it looks better and others it looks worse and even watery again.
Do you think this could be the same infection from January? What do you guys recommend I do? I'm thinking about asking my vet for more orbax. I'm not sure if that would be allowed without re-examining Duck. As always, any input is appreciated!