Guinea Pigs and Aware Dentals


I do know my weblog has been fairly quiet just lately however hopefully with the beginning of 2020, I’ll handle just a few extra weblog posts. I wished to kick off 2020 with an attention-grabbing submit as I’ve been fascinated about the companies I present my shoppers. One of many debates that I’ve been having for some time is in regards to the execs and cons of acutely aware molar dentals on guinea pigs.

Most guinea pig house owners will perceive or have skilled dental illness of their guinea pigs and are conscious of the dangers of anaesthetic.

Up till now I’ve most popular both a common anaesthetic or at the very least some sedation to carry out molar dentals on guinea pigs. A lot of my shoppers have been to a clinic in Northampton for this service and have given me very optimistic suggestions on its success. So in 2019, I accompanied considered one of my shoppers to Northampton to look at this process first hand.

I beforehand had some reservations about acutely aware molar dentals in guinea pigs, these included:

· Concern that motion of the guinea pig in the course of the process would make traumatising the
mouth while rasping the tooth fairly probably.

· Concern that the process would stress the guinea pig an excessive amount of.

· Concern that visualisation of the molars can be restricted. This mixed with motion of
the guinea pig would make the usual of the dental therapy considerably decrease than that
in an anesthetised affected person.

Having noticed the process, nevertheless, I discovered the guinea pig affected person I accompanied to tolerate the process very nicely; and the dental therapy he obtained was nearly as good as had he been anaesthetised.

There are apparent advantages of performing this process acutely aware. These embrace:

· No anaesthetic, there may be nonetheless important anaesthetic threat amongst guinea pigs.

· Capability to carry out the process repeatedly; usually malocclusions are a power drawback
requiring repeated corrections at frequent intervals to handle the issue.

· Much less prone to trigger TMJ ache following the process.

· Simpler visualisation of infected areas because the blood stress hasn’t been diminished by the

While I nonetheless imagine there can be some people who won’t tolerate acutely aware dentals very nicely, and it could be of their welfare curiosity to have sedation or common anaesthetic for the process, I do imagine those that do tolerate it could profit from a acutely aware process. That is particularly the case if they’re of upper anaesthetic threat resulting from age or different diseases and in the event that they require repeated work at frequent intervals.

I’m very grateful each to my shopper, her guinea pig and the vets in Northampton for permitting me to look at them. I’ll now offer acutely aware molar dentals to my shoppers.

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