Re: Ongoing dental woes

Nancy Ainsworth

Hi Talia,
I'm glad he's eating pellets and some greens and some Critical Care on his own. If you're able to get or have a variety of hays to offer him it might be an interesting experiment to see if there's a type he gravitates to. I would even try some alfalfa just to see if he CAN eat it. Usually it's irresistible and the most discerning bun will end up eating stalks and all, and then you can segue into a little alfalfa/grass hay mix and so on and sort of fool him into getting back into a hay routine. There's a pretty wide variety of textures out there with hays - something may peak his interest, it just may mean mixing it up a bit to see what appeals to him in his current state. Also, I've had good luck with Small Pet Select's Flower Power Berry Boost medley sprinkled onto hay - they go for that and come to find they are then eating the hay along with it. :) 
Good luck and please keep us posted on how your little guy does!

-----Original Message-----
From: talia.sechley@...
To: Nancy Ainsworth <jtawired@...>;
Sent: Thu, Aug 5, 2021 12:40 pm
Subject: Re: [Etherbun Main] Ongoing dental woes

Thanks, Nancy and Dana.

The vet used a scope/camera to view the back of his mouth during the procedure so I'm pretty confident that they were able to check everything out carefully. They were specifically looking back there since he had still been uncomfortable after his previous trim and suspected the issue was in the back of his mouth. 

He is eating on his own (pellets and a bit of greens), just is not interested in hay yet and is still eating slower/more carefully than usual. He had been off his hay for a few weeks while we were waiting on the CT scan appointment, so I think part of the problem is that he is now used to his new diet. He will also eat critical care out of a dish, so I've been giving him a bit of that. His appetite is there, just not the will to eat hay. I want to give him a few days to recover from the dental procedure, but then plan to back off on the pellets and critical care in the hopes of getting him hungry enough to munch on hay again. He is very stubborn! 

He's about 1.9kg and is on 0.5cc meloxicam 2x/day, along with 0.4cc gabapentin 2x/day. He's been on this regime for about a month while waiting for this latest dental appointment, so I'd like to get him off the pain meds soon in case they are affecting his appetite and energy. 

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