Update: they were all eagerly awaiting breakfast this morning. Ruby the Foody and Sphene are camped on the food piles, but Little Amber has carefully selected what she wants and has taken it off to a quiet spot to eat, presumably so she doesn't get mugged! She is eating slower than normal, but her appetite looks good and I think its hard food she's tackling. She drinking from the bottle fine as well.
I think she's slowly getting used to her new gnashers.
Going back to the vet (hopefully) on Monday, this time to see Wendy. I'm not happy with Little Amber's progress at all.
She was fine for a few of days after her dental, but now her weight has dropped to 186g, and she's drooling worse than before. I'm not convinced the vet we saw last week did the dental properly. She was a new vet at the practice and it was the first time we'd seen her. Surely a dental procedure should last longer than a week!
I don't know if she used the scope as she was taken into the back for the anaesthetic, but I'm going to insist on x-rays.
I've never had a bad experience at Wendy's before, but I'm not convinced this new vet knew enough about degu dental issues.
I think I've managed to get 0.1ml of metacam into her and she's definitely trying to eat, my CC is about a year out of date, so I'll have to try to mix something tasty for her.
Well I've managed to get about 1/8th of a walnut into her tonight, plus a couple of sunflower seeds; she wasn't interested in the mushed pellets I made her. Her weight is now 188g, but I'm leaving her to rest tonight.
Watching her eat, it appears to be her molars causing the problems, so I don't think the scope was used, it was certainly not used when Sphene was examined. I'll dose her up with metacam tomorrow morning to see if it helps. She's grooming herself and her sisters which is encouraging.
I'm hoping I can get her seen tomorrow as I don't want to leave it and I've got a hospital appointment on Tuesday.
Just got home with Little Amber and the news isn't great, overgrown top and bottom roots. So, she's now on metacam for the foreseeable.
I've mixed her some CC, and put a small dish of it in her cage and I'll pick up some peanut butter tomorrow so she can be spoiled. For the moment, I'm letting her settle back with her sisters for a couple of hours, so she can rest, before I grab her again for 'assisted' feeding.
Just to add: her visible teeth are fine, no spurs, no sharp bits, and nothing to be concerned about. As with most degus, its the bits you can't see that are causing the problems. Seems the new vet two weeks ago, did a good job after all, its just a pity she didn't decide to do an x-ray, but I think time constraints on the day got in the way.
She was waiting for breakfast this morning and has had some walnut pieces and a few other choice bits. I've ordered some almond and peanut butter for her and I'll pick up some vit D3 drops later today.
They are all curled up asleep together now, so I won't disturb her until its time for her meds. I think she's still exhausted from yesterday. We got to the vet at 10.15am and didn't get home until 5.45pm, and I doubt if she had much rest there.
The peanut butters a hit, even though Sphene and Little Amber are wearing some of it, lol. I think some of the meds went in, but a lot went to join the peanut butter dressing. Little Amber's certainly feisty enough as I had to chase her around the BDDT until I caught her, a one point she burrito'd herself, ROFL!
Finally found a more balanced combination that works, well, worked tonight, lol. CC, metacam, baby food (sweet potato, parsnip and carrot) and peanut butter - all mixed into one! Yummy - not, lol. Shes eaten over a table spoonful, plus some sunflower seeds, so I think she's full at the moment, but I'll try some more before bedtime, but without the metacam.
Given the situation, I'm allowing her anything she cares to eat in order to put some weight back on her.