Help for Casper - deaf/blind white baby with teeth problems

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Post   » Sat May 03, 2008 6:29 am

Hi, I'm new to pigs so please forgive me! I'm learning quickly but need some help. Casper is sleeping on my tummy as I write this, all sprawled out and happy!

I bought a guinea pig (named Pig) at a pet store who turned out to be roan - and pregnant. She had two healthy boys (since adopted by another family) and my special baby Casper, a 7 week old white girl with small blue/red eyes. She is deaf and blind (possible partial sight in one eye). I took her to the local vet but realized I knew more than he did about pigs, which isn't very much. I've since found the name of a pig specialist, but it's Saturday here and they're not open till Monday.

Casper gets around great, has been eating well (or so I thought). She weighs 325 grams (is this good or bad for 7 weeks? her brothers were MUCH bigger than her, though she was largest at birth).

I looked at her teeth today for the first time (again, forgive me I'm new to this!) and she only has one front tooth that is cuving out and back in to her mouth - very pointy and sharp. I looked in her mouth because I noticed she ate small foods easier - fresh clover, slivers of any veggies etc. and seemed to avoid large food. I've bought a few kinds of pellets and she eats the kind that is very small. She holds her head to the side and chews for a long time, very loudly.

I'm crazy about Casper, she's adorable - very sweet and cuddly (doesn't startle like her mom because she's deaf and blind - she doesn't ever panic like her mom Pig - who I chose because she was so freaked out at the pet store, screamed her head off when held and stuffs her head into any corner - a pig that would appreciate a quiet adult home with no kids mauling her!).

Since noticing the overgrown tooth this afternoon (and I have no idea what her molars look like, could be worse) I've grated food for her, which she slurps up very happily. I also mixed some pellets with cranberry/raspberry juice, which she loved. She ate a lot, then I weighed her for the first time, which is the 325 grams.

My concern is - will she be ok till the vet opens on Monday, if I keep feeding her carefully? She pooped and peed lots after I fed her.

I should also say that her mom Pig does not like her at all, and stopped feeding her when I weaned the boys from her at 3 weeks. She nips at Casper when Casper comes near - should I seperate them or let them sort it out? I built a very big cage for them, hoping this would help (2 by 5 feet) with lots of hidey spots like cheap Ugg boots but it hasn't so far as they seem to end up in the same part of the cage or the same Ugg boot!

Thanks for any advice!

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Post   » Sat May 03, 2008 7:17 am

Casper sounds like she may be a "lethal" guinea pig. This is a congenital deformity, which will always need hand feeding. Lethals are produced by roan x roan breeding. ... -pigs.html

Check those out as kind of a primer on what to expect. Each lethal is different, depending on the severity of their congenital problems.

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Post   » Sat May 03, 2008 7:34 am

I think you're right, she sounds like a lethal. Now I'm all worried about the issues I can't see but may be there.

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Post   » Sat May 03, 2008 7:44 am

Ditto Jenni. You have a lethal most likely.

You should pm salana for advice but the above links have some info. Here is Einstein's thread ... 871#149871

You probably need to make a pellet mash or feed the baby:

Moms usually don't nurse past 2-3 weeks.

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Post   » Sat May 03, 2008 7:54 am

Casper looks just like Einstein, except she has a tuft of hair that stands straight up on her back.

I tried to PM Salana but as I'm new here the system wouldn't let me for some reason.

She needs to get that front tooth trimmed right away, it must be so uncomfortable (it curves out between her lips) with a dagger sharp end. But she's a happy active little girl, popcorning around her cage.

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Post   » Sat May 03, 2008 8:02 am

I pm'd her for you.

It's good she tries to eat on her own and she's perky.

Was the vet able to look at her molars?

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Post   » Sat May 03, 2008 8:14 am

She's a trooper, this girl. Loves playing in her outdoor run, exploring, nibbling grass and checking things out!

She knows I'm around as she smells when I'm near her - she lifts her head and sniffs around when I talk to her, looking for me.

The only vet she's been to so far is the useless one - I have to wait 2 days to try to get her in to the GP specialist (I'm in Perth Australia, if anyone has a suggestion for a vet here).

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Post   » Sat May 03, 2008 8:18 am

I hope this vet you're seeing on Monday knows their stuff. It's so very important to find someone you can trust and work well with, and I would think especially now that you're dealing with a lethal.

She sounds like a sweetie.


Post   » Sat May 03, 2008 8:43 am

No advice, but some long-distance encouragement. She sounds like a real honey. Hopefully Salana and others who have managed to keep little lethals alive and happy will be able to help. There's a special place in my heart for those special little ones.

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Post   » Sat May 03, 2008 11:10 am

It may be possible for you to file that long tooth yourself. You want to prevent it from touching the opposite side of the mouth.

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Post   » Sat May 03, 2008 7:36 pm

I managed to file the sharp point off her tooth, thanks for that advice. Not sure how much I can file down though!

She eats any veggie that I cut in to a strip about the width of this sentance, if that makes any sense, and munches them down if I hold them out for her. Clover she eats on her own.

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Post   » Sat May 03, 2008 10:08 pm

If she is gaining weight, even slowly, then she can last until Monday. You may need to hand-feed or offer softened pellets or mash. 325g sounds okay for a lethal that age. She will always be smaller than her siblings--I think lethals aren't able to digest their nutrients as well as not being able to eat very well. She has lived past weaning and that is a big hurdle that many lethals can't pass.

Definitely get her teeth looked at thoroughly. Tooth problems are the most prevalent and most correctable obstacles in a lethal's daily life.

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