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Joan, Vet Technician
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Experience:  Vet Tech for 35+yrs. Small Animals and Fish
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I have a guinea pig that will not drink and or eat his hay

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I have a guinea pig that will not drink and or eat his hay or pellets on his own but will eat pieces of carrot and bits of kale. I have been feeding him critical care fine grind for the past two days and he seems to thrive off of it..
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Joan replied 1 year ago.


My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 30+ years. I would like to assist you and Rocket.

Can you tell me if pieces drop when he eats?

Any wetness under the mouth?


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no pieces do not drop and i haven't noticed any wetness besides when i syringe feed him and it runs down
Expert:  Joan replied 1 year ago.

Thank-you. When we hear of reluctance to eat hay and pellets, we have to consider a dental issue. Malocclussions and other dental problems are very common in Guinea pigs. Unfortunately the only way to see if this is the problems is a Vet visit with a Guinea pig savy Vet. They will need to do an Xray as well as an open mouth dental exam. This is some information on Guinea Pig Dental issues:

I am going to give you a link for Guinea Pig Vets that can treat this type of problem:

The Critical Care is great for emergency feeding, I would add a Vitamin C supplement to make sure Rocket is getting enough, since not eating properly.

My goal is to give you and Rocket help. I strive for excellent service and to earn a 5 star rating. For concerns, please hit reply.