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    Not Eating: Re: Pig seems to have trouble eating

    It's definitely been a journey for the past month or so. We probably spent way more than we ever thought possible for a guinea pig, but it was a learning experience. Our two other previous pigs...
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    Not Eating: Re: Pig seems to have trouble eating

    Figured I'll give another update here since it's been a few weeks.

    Pigsilver's abscess has closed at this point; until yesterday we were flushing it once a day. The fur around his chin is growing...
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    We had a follow-up yesterday. The vet said the wound was healing well and we just need to keep giving Pigsilver antibiotics (sulfatrim) and use a disinfectant rinse for a few weeks to let it close...
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    Vet said it was an abscess, no signs of any issues with his teeth. In fact, she said they looked fine. So that's good.

    She shaved the fur on his chin, sedated him, drained the rest of the abscess,...
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    Not looking great. This morning he just hit an all-time low at about 40.62oz. Just shoving his face full of Critical Care at this point until he can make it to the vet tomorrow. My girlfriend noticed...
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    Not Eating: Re: Pig seems to have trouble eating

    Thanks for the link and the information. We've separated the tw for now splitting their 2x6 into a 2x3 for Spiderpig and a 2x2 for Pigsilver (with a "DMZ" of 1x2). It's obviously temporary, but yeah,...
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    It's pretty big. I'm not sure if we just didn't notice it or if it grew that big overnight...the picture doesn't even do it justice. I'd say it's a solid third of the size of his head right...
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    It's been up and down for the past few weeks. Pigsilver is still eating, but his weight is struggling to stay at 44, occasionally dipping into 43. We noticed that he seems to respond well as long as...
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    So prior to Friday, we noticed Pigsilver stopped eating as much. So we took him to the vet with Spiderpig.

    On Pigsilver, the vet said his teeth looked "okay", and we should keep him on metacam and...
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    Not Eating: Re: Pig seems to have trouble eating

    Yeah, I was going to go down the route of a chin sling if the 3rd cut and orchard hay didn't work out. But it was so weird, as soon as we put it down he sniffed it, and just dove right into the pile!...
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    Last update on Pigsilver (barring anything substantial), then I'll provide another one for Spiderpig after his Friday appointment:

    Pigsilver is more or less back to normal. He's eating in ways he...
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    Thanks! I'd say today was a huge, huge relief because now that I see he's eating, I'm less worried that 1) his teeth will overgrow again and 2) I'll need to continue to heavily supplement him with...
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    Most excellent news! My girlfriend and I ordered third cut timothy and orchard hay to see if changing it up would help. They both came today and we dropped some into the cage. Pigsilver sniffed it...
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    From the follow-up, the vet said that Pigsilver's jaws are really weak (she said she was able to move it with impunity) and that's why he's been making weird, funny faces when he tries to eat. His...
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    Positive news: I came over to the cage and I saw Pigsilver in the hay; most encouragingly, he was rigorously chewing something. I don't think we left any veggies in the cage, so I'm confident that it...
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    Yeah, I don't think they're getting too much...if anything, they're not finishing the amount we give them anymore. But I'll tell my girlfriend to scale it back.

    Our vet gave us some Supreme...
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    Right, but if his weight is stable because we're still pumping him full of Critical Care, we can't really call it progress, can we?

    I'm hoping Spiderpig is just changing his behavior in response...
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    Ah, sorry I haven't updated in a bit! He's...not doing any worse, I guess? His drool has cleared up at this point. He eats vegetables and fruits, though he still looks awkward doing it and is...
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    Update over the weekend:

    1. On Wednesday, Pigsilver went in to get his teeth filed down. The vet called me that afternoon and she said things went well, they're going to monitor him.
    2. On...
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    Thank you! This keeps us both optimistic.

    One last question before I go offline until tomorrow - How long can I keep mixed Critical Care refrigerated? I made a huge 90cc batch yesterday night so I...
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    Major update! The vet said Pigsilver's incisors are crooked (I've noticed the same over the past few days), but his back molars are overgrown and blocking his tongue, making it hard for him to grab...
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    Aww, he was our first guinea pig, passed away in the summer of 2018. He was a good one; almost no instincts for survival so he was super easy to handle and loved cuddling. His last days seem similar...
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    Not Eating: Re: Pig seems to have trouble eating

    Thank you for sharing that thread. I've been posting updates to keep people informed, but having a record is also really good for others in the future. The last days as you described for Punkin...
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    Weekend update!

    For a few days my girlfriend and I had taken to wrapping bits of hay in his lettuce leaves in order to "trick" him and make sure he's consuming hay. But he caught on after a...
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    Mid-week update:

    His weight has been steady over the past few days, hovering between 48 to 49 ounces. He's eating a little bit of solid foods, but very gingerly. I gave him a small piece of...
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