Some vets trim teeth when they should not. Also this:
More frequently you will see molar issues first. You primarily do not want the incisors touching the roof of the mouth or keeping the mouth open (can't close). Monitor weight if malocclusion is suspected.
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I never had a guinea pig that would chew on anything hard enough to affect their teeth. Pellets, hay, and cardboard hideys were all they'd even taste, although I had wooden hideys and other chewable things in the cage. And I never had one with overgrown teeth.
I agree with bpatters. None of my pigs seem to like the six million chew toys I give them. Chewing the hay is the best way to wear teeth. He was "off" for a few days and I attributed it to a tooth issue. He appears fine now. I think my hair trigger response was due to all the issues I had with Simon. I actually don't think his teeth are really too long. But I am keeping a close watch on the amount of hay he is eating and his weight. The weight issue is tricky. At his last exam, she said he was a little overweight. So, I cut down a bit on pellets. He went from 2.59 lbs to 2.50 lbs in a month. Which is where I am going to keep him. He was a tad chubby. He is active, eating well and pooping well.
Thanks for the info Lynx, on those links. I actually had read the info on the site about teeth.
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I currently have a pig who has messed up incisors and will be going to the vet to see what the problem is. Is it just that he broke a tooth and they'll even out or are his molars also overgrown? We'll see. My pigs get unlimited hay to help keep their teeth in check but doesn't necessarily help right off when he breaks one.
His teeth seem fine now. No idea what was going on. I think he wasn't eating the first cut had I had, and grinding his teeth down well. I checked him yesterday and they look good, much more even. His weight is stable, though I am trying to get a little bit off him, he is older and a little pudgy.
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Determining The Correct Weight For Your Guinea Pig by Sandra Mitchell.