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Experience:  40 yrs.: herps, pocket pets, rabbits, poultry, dogs, horses. Biology degree. Vet assistant.
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My daughters guinea pig broke his two lower front teeth. He

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Hi, my daughters guinea pig broke his two lower front teeth. He is not eating his food or hay and is having trouble eating apple. What cam we do?? It it something urgent?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the guinea pig's name and age?
Customer: The name os Kai we bought him from Pet smart a year ago
JA: How old is os?
Customer: Its hard to say, they dont give you their ages ehen you buy them. He was small and now he is very bug. He was fat but has lost some weight. I say maybe 1 1/2 years
JA: The Veterinarian will know what to do. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about os?
Customer: He was very active and eate alot. Now he simply drinks water, and very few pcs of apple
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Anna replied 5 months ago.

Hello and welcome. My name is ***** ***** I'm a biologist with over 40 years of experience raising guinea pigs and rabbits. I'm sorry to hear that Kai is having this problem. I'm working on some information for you and will post it as soon as I have it typed up. I appreciate your patience.

Expert:  Anna replied 5 months ago.

Thank you for waiting. The situation is urgent because when a guinea pig doesn't eat for any reason, it is extremely serious. It is called anorexia. If they go for 24 hours without eating, a condition called ketosis develops and the guinea pig cannot recover.

Until the teeth grow back, you can feed Kai from a syringe. Make a slurry of crushed pellets, water, and pureed vegetables. This can be more difficult than it sounds, so I'm giving you a link to a page that describes it in great detail, including variations on what to feed, and how often to feed:

http://www.guinealynx.com/handfeeding.html

There is a product called Oxbow Critical Care, available in pet stores, that would be even better than the homemade slurry. Many guinea pigs like the taste and will lap it up from a dish. It would also be good to give your guinea pig some Pedialyte (made for human infants), which you can buy in drug stores, discount stores, and many supermarkets.

It's possible that whatever accident broke Kai's teeth also caused pain in his jaw. There could even be a broken bone there. If you think that is possible, it would be best to see a vet. Here is a directory of guinea pig vets:

http://www.guinealynx.info/vetlist.html

If Kai is otherwise healthy and the jaw isn't damaged, the teeth should grow back fairly quickly - 3 to 6 weeks. In the meantime, make sure he gets nourishment form a slurry. Here is where you can read more about broken teeth in guinea pigs:

http://www.guinealynx.info/teeth_broken.html

If you have more questions, just let me know. I hope Kai will be fine.

Anna

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