Yes, I can't help wondering whether she might start eating sooner in her own hutch, but part of me is relieved to hand over the responsibility for a bit. Syringe-fed her yesterday. She's going to hate me forever now. Will phone for update later.
Look out for any big bits of cardboard packaging that come your way, Fab, big shallow boxes or trays are great for indoor play with some cardboard tubes and food placed on top of upturned flower pots for stretching exercise. Are your pigs becoming braver now?
Hi Fab, they probably will chew through it eventually, but they might have some fun doing it if someone's available to keep an eye.
I think not liking being picked up is normal for even very friendly gps; keep giving them lots of cuddles once they are up.
Poorly girl is home tonight and is sprawled on DD's chest purring, having polished off a sow thistle. This followed a syringe feed, as she wasn't eating at the vets and hasn't eaten any pellets at home, and a squirt of antibiotics as they think she has pneumonia.
The best gp dentist at the practice was out yesterday, and he wants to take a look in her mouth under sedation, to check that yesteday's work was successful. However, he couldn't today because he didn't think her breathing was right, so has sent her home until Thursday. She may have inhaled some food while being syringe fed (probably my inexperience at the weekend).
I must say she looks very well on it all (she's had a steroid jab ), and is very cheerful (in spite of what I said about her). She likes my daughter.
She went back to the vet yesterday when she started to grunt when breathing, but by the time we'd got there, she'd stopped grunting and her lungs were clear, so vet said perhaps she had a bit of food stuck.
Back again today for the planned check up with dental expert, who said that if she is eating greens she's fine, and he wouldn't put her under anaesthetic again without good cause.
Things I have learned: guinea pigs hold food in their mouths for up to 48 hours after eating, which makes it difficult to a) inspect their mouths and b) anaesthetize them. Also that while dental problems stop them from eating, the dental problems can be caused by them not eating, so the underlying cause might be a stomach problem. As our girl has a good appetite, that doesn't seem to be the case.
If she stops eating again, I won't syringe feed her until the vet has seen her, to keep her mouth clear.
The vet told me to put her out on the grass in the sun, so that's where she is now, looking a bit nonplussed, with wet paws. Have put a box of hay in the run for her in case she wants to keep her feet dry.