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Old 07-23-2009, 08:45 AM
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HELP please...Teeth filed too short, degu can`t eat...


Dear all. I figured out the tooth problem on my oldest degu, his teeth had grown too long. I took close up pics of the whole pac and compared them, his was twice as long (the lower ones.) So today we went to the vet to get them filed. I think she might have filed them too short. Now he`s struggeling to eat. He has a big apetite, but is not able to chew or get it down properly. In my desperation I gave him a grape cut up in slices (I know, no sugar allowed - but I have to get something into him ) He wasn`t able to chew around it, but managed to get something out.

I`m sure I`ve read something about this in a post, but I`m unable to find that post again, even on advanced search.

What on earth do I do? I`ve bought some new multi vitamins for his water, but he needs more nutrition.

Any advice will be received with grate gratitude.

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Trinity
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Old 07-23-2009, 08:54 AM
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You need to either buy Critical Care (which is an herbivore feeding supplement designed for rabbits, guinea pigs, and degus), or take his normal pellets, make a mush with them, and syringe feed him that.
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Old 07-23-2009, 11:33 AM
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Thank you for the help I called all the pet stores in my city, none of them had ever heard of Critical care or anything with similar effects. That`s what you get for living in a foolish country like Norway I rang the wet and she told me to try to put his food in water for a while to soften it up. I never thought he would eat it, but YEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSS!!! WO-HO! He eats it I`m so happy now
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Old 07-23-2009, 11:39 AM
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It's kind of a specialty product even here, usually only vets carry it. If he stops eating, get an oral syringe and force feed him!
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Old 07-23-2009, 11:55 AM
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Thank you for replying I will watch him very carefully. I hope I don`t have to force feed him, but if it becomes necessary I will be more than willing to do so
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Old 07-24-2009, 02:47 AM
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One more question Could it be that his teeth/mouth hurts after the anaesthesia/filing and it is not due to the fact that his teeth is too short? He won`t drink water, so I`m wondering if it is because it hurts him.. Do you think he gets enough water from the moist food? He has always been drinking from bottles, but I`ll try to put a tray of water in his cage and some on my fingers to see if he is able to lick it
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