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Guinea Pig food

March 5th, 2008, 05:42 PM
My guinea pig has had some difficulty with his front teeth being overgrown and having difficulty eating. We have an appointment for him to have his teeth ginded down on Thursday.
In the meantime the vet has recommnded some food called Critical Care, and it is in a reseable bag. My question is because there is so much food and it was expensive, can I freeze the leftover to use for another time. I need to get his teeth grinded every three months so I am anticipating using it again.

March 5th, 2008, 05:55 PM
i had the same issue with my hamster Tim but his bottom teeth fell out..he had an accident. I had to take him get his teeth CUT...not grinded. I hope your vet cuts them off. I wonder if you misunderstood?? I mean if i had the choice, i'd choose cutting because it's really unpleasant to have teeth grinded down...think dentist. :eek: Piggy won't be too happy.

What we did was take his regular food and put it in water and let it soak and then my hammie would go and nibble.
I don't see why you need "special" food for this. :shrug:

But you can feed softer veggies like lettuce and maybe apples.

Is this a rodent specialist vet? Not many are specialized in rodents. The one i went to actually had studied rodents so i wonder if she chose cutting the teeth as opposed to grinding because it's more suitable.

My vet was up in Woodbridge...they moved from Kleinburg. Is that the same one?

March 6th, 2008, 09:53 AM
If you give a rodent apple tree branches then it helps to naturally wear the teeth down. Our degu gets them or his teeth would be out of control without.

March 6th, 2008, 11:30 AM
I had made a mistake, they are actually going to be grinding his teeth, and it's the back teeth. My brother brought him in so he knows the details better.
This vet does specialize in small animals. It is in London.
My guinea pig is doing well now.

March 6th, 2008, 11:04 PM
You can call Oxbow directly and ask them but I think the shelf life of a bag of critical care has a long expiry date.You grind down Guinea pigs teeth not remove them.They have continuosly growing teeth!Apple branches to chew and daily hay will help with the teeth maintenance and having the critical care is a good thing to have.As well as a kitchen scale to make sure the pig is not losing too much weight.