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Wheekie
11-30-09, 10:52 pm
My piggie has a broken-in-half bottom front tooth that has not grown back in the six months since he first did it (biting on his cage bars). My Vet wants to do a complete dental work-up to see 'what's going on in there'...x-rays,anesthesia, possible extraction, etc. But I'm really hesitant to put the little guy through all that cause he has no symptoms whatsoever of teeth problems! He's active, eats 'like a pig',poops fine,maintains his weight (I weigh him weekly and in the past month, he's even gained 1 oz.!). I know piggies can hide their symptoms,but he's such a little character and I spend so much time with him, I really think I would have noticed something...at least, I would have noticed if his eating and bathroom habits or his weight had changed. Plus, he's 5 years old and the anesthesia scares me to death! If he was showing any distress, I'd have to risk it, but he's not! My Vet isn't insisting that it's an emergency or anything, so unless I see some problems, I want to just leave my piggie alone. If anything went wrong, I'd feel like I killed him for no good reason.

Can some of you tell me what you would do in this situation?

AmandaErlandson
11-30-09, 11:03 pm
If it ain't broke don't fix it! If eveything is going "in" fine & coming "out" fine, he doesn't show any signs of pain or distress, I say let him be. It sounds like this vet is just looking to make a mountain out of a mole hill for a few extra bucks, & at the expense of your poor pig I might add. Their teeth grow constantly so eventually it will be gone, maybe your little guy's teeth just grow slowly. It's genetics. Let it be until there is a reason to worry.

Wheekie
12-01-09, 12:06 am
If it ain't broke don't fix it! If eveything is going "in" fine & coming "out" fine, he doesn't show any signs of pain or distress, I say let him be. It sounds like this vet is just looking to make a mountain out of a mole hill for a few extra bucks, & at the expense of your poor pig I might add. .

That's EXACTLY how I feel! Couldn't have said it better myself! I always did what this Vet said and trusted him completely cause he is an Exotic Specialist...until this time.I just can't put my baby through all he said would be involved for maybe nothing! He seems fine now, but that would really cause him to suffer...anesthesia,possible extraction and then what if it got infected!?! Suppose his little heart couldn't take all that!?!
I forgot to add...the other day, I was eating an apple and he smelled it, so I put it close to him and teasing, I said 'Want a bite?' AND HE DID! Took a big chunk, too! Now does that sound like a pig with 'tooth problems'?

Catayn
12-01-09, 09:21 am
I wouldn't do anything if the piggie isn't suffering!
Don't trust all that vets say (I am starting to feel like studying vet medicine myself). My vet wants to put braces on my Maine Coons mouth. According to her, if he's teeth are not perfectly aligned, he could even have a heart attack.
As if!

Wheekie
12-01-09, 12:40 pm
Braces on your Maine Coon!!!! A friend of mine has a Maine Coon with two front teeth that overlap and point inward(so cute!), he's a 'piggy' when it comes to food and he's 15 years old and in great health!

Paula
12-01-09, 12:47 pm
I wouldn't do the testing. If we were talking about a pig who was having trouble eating, or a pig that was, say 1, and was looking at a lifetime of possible problems, I'd be all for it. But an older pig exhibiting no signs of difficulty eating would not be the pig I'd put through the rigmarole of this type of testing and possible surgery with no other cause for concern than a tooth that hasn't grown back.

Wheekie
12-02-09, 01:05 am
I wouldn't do the testing. If we were talking about a pig who was having trouble eating, or a pig that was, say 1, and was looking at a lifetime of possible problems, I'd be all for it. But an older pig exhibiting no signs of difficulty eating would not be the pig I'd put through the rigmarole of this type of testing and possible surgery with no other cause for concern than a tooth that hasn't grown back.

Hoping you'd answer me! THANKS!