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Teeth Need advise for elongated root management

Samwise907

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I have a 2.5 year old male pig named STEMI who was diagnosed with dental disease about a month ago. At that time, he was not exhibiting symptoms, but a couple weeks later, he developed difficulty eating and anorexia, so he underwent a dental trim. Since the procedure, he has been unable to eat on his own. I have been supplementing with Critical Care mixed with sweet potato and EmerAid IC Herbivore Intensive Care. He consumes about 5 20cc syringes a day. I got a second opinion at an exotic dental specialist, and through CT 2 days ago, he was diagnosed elongated roots on the right lower jaw. His teeth were trimmed again yesterday, and an appropriate angle was restored. Vet saw some bruising at the base of the affected teeth, mild ulcerations of the cheek, and food lodged between the teeth which was removed. A right inferior alveolar block was administered. For pain management, he is on Metacam, Tramadol, and monthly low dose Ketamine injections. Gabapentin is also available as an alternative to Tramadol. I saw a video by Saskia at LA Guinea Pig Rescue promoting CBD cream applied to the ears, which I currently do not have. The vet is on board with this, although there is not much literature backing it up. We discussed quality of life issues, and I am prepared to let him cross the rainbow bridge when necessary. I just want to make sure I’m doing everything I can to give him the best chance. Is requiring continued syringe feeding post dental trim a sign that the treatments are failing? Is there anything else I can do? Does anyone have experience with this? Am I fighting a losing battle, or could he potentially improve? Please help.
 
I'm sorry you and your pig are facing this.

When you say he is unable to eat on his own, what exactly is the problem? Did the vet trim his front teeth so short that he can't pick up his food? Or is his mouth so sore that he won't the food that's in it?

Incisors do not usually need to be trimmed when dealing with elongated roots, but some vets don't realize that and will trim them too short. The pig will need to be hand fed until the incisors grow back to the proper length.

Failure to chew because it hurts is a long-term management problem, and the prognosis isn't good. There's really no way of treating elongated roots except repeated planings of the teeth. Each planing requires anesthesia, and some pigs tolerate it better than others, but there's probably a limited number of times that you can put a pig through that.

Assuming you can get him back to eating again, you're still fighting a losing battle. Not an immediate one, but you're undoubtedly not going to have a pig that lives to be 7 or 8 years old. With planings every 4-8 weeks, depending on how fast his teeth grow, you can keep him going for quite some time, but there will come a time when it will be kinder to let him go.

Having used CBD cream myself with very poor results, I'd say to save your money. There's a lot of anecdotal stuff about it out there, but it seems to work better on things like sore muscles rather than bone or nerve pain.
 
I'm sorry you and your pig are facing this.

When you say he is unable to eat on his own, what exactly is the problem? Did the vet trim his front teeth so short that he can't pick up his food? Or is his mouth so sore that he won't the food that's in it?

Incisors do not usually need to be trimmed when dealing with elongated roots, but some vets don't realize that and will trim them too short. The pig will need to be hand fed until the incisors grow back to the proper length.

Failure to chew because it hurts is a long-term management problem, and the prognosis isn't good. There's really no way of treating elongated roots except repeated planings of the teeth. Each planing requires anesthesia, and some pigs tolerate it better than others, but there's probably a limited number of times that you can put a pig through that.

Assuming you can get him back to eating again, you're still fighting a losing battle. Not an immediate one, but you're undoubtedly not going to have a pig that lives to be 7 or 8 years old. With planings every 4-8 weeks, depending on how fast his teeth grow, you can keep him going for quite some time, but there will come a time when it will be kinder to let him go.

Having used CBD cream myself with very poor results, I'd say to save your money. There's a lot of anecdotal stuff about it out there, but it seems to work better on things like sore muscles rather than bone or nerve pain.
I appreciate your honest response. Thank you. He is suffering, so we decided to schedule an at home euthanasia.
 
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