CAN ANYONE HELP MY SNOW? My Guinea Pig’s Tongue is Attached to her Cheeks!
On Tuesday morning, Snow went to the vets as an emergency. She had stopped drinking and eating her piggie mix, and was lethargic and ill the previous night and I asked my parents provisionally if they would take her to the vets the next morning while I went to work. She was just eating a little spinach. She had to have emergency surgery own her teeth as she was poorly and dehydrated.
Snow is still alive as she made it through her operation okay, but I am devastated that she will have to have an operation on her teeth, 3 times a year for the rest of life! The vet found something they have never seen before – Snow’s tongue is attached to both her cheeks!!! Making it hard for her to eat and her teeth overgrow on her tongue which stops her eating. She then has to have her teeth cut, but they cannot use the normal piece of equipment in her mouth to do the operation because of the way her cheeks are attached. They can’t cut the tongue away from the cheeks and so she will continue to need her teeth cutting otherwise she can’t eat and drink and will die. She is recommended to have a check to every two months and an operation 3 times a year.
Last time she had her teeth cut was at the beginning of Jan – Jan 2nd was her first consultation about it, and the vet who did this first operation, never saw the problem then, or before, in is his entire veterinary career, and he used to be a speaker on exotic pets when he was in South Africa! The vet who did the surgery at the same practise, has never seen anything like it before and there is nothing on Google about it. They are baffled by it. I phoned and spoke to another veterinary practice which is supposed to be the top in the country and they have not ever heard of such a thing either. Today my vet said her tongue is attached to her cheeks by like a mucous, made of her same cheek material! They are baffled. It wasn’t there is January and there may be veins in the bit that is attached. PLEASE CAN YOU SHARE THIS POST TO ASK IF ANYONE IN THE WORLD CAN HELP MY SNOW!! HAS ANYONE ELSE SEEN OR HEARD OF THIS BEFORE?? AND WHAT CAN BE DONE?
I asked what happens when she is very old and needs an operation because of her teeth, as it’s my worst fear and I would rather know what will happen, and it will be literally a do or die situation – if they don’t do it when she is old she will die and she could die under anaesthetic. Every time she has an operation there is still a risk not only because of the anaesthetic, but also the risk of not resuming eating quickly and her gut not working properly. I have had one guinea pig die in the past from a teeth operation because he had a bad reaction to the anaesthetic, and another one died from gut statis – where the gut stopped working after not returning quick enough to eating after a teeth operation, and from another operation she had to have, as she was too weak to stay alive after it. This is very upsetting about Snow. She is insured but they don’t always pay for teeth operations and if they don’t, trying to pay for that 3 times a year and checkups every two months/taxis back and forth, is going to be very difficult. Please can you share this as I need to find a solution to help her to live as long and full life as possible. If it has happened since January, there is no telling what will happen to her in the future. She is recovering well from this operation and currently being looking after by my mum. PLEASE HELP AND SHARE THIS asking if anyone has heard of it and knows what to do? The vet drew me a diagram but WordPress keeps saying the photo is an error! No matter whether I upload it from my Mac or phone. So I hope the description will at least help.
Please share this, it would mean so much.
Love and hugs and Wheeks from Snow and Chestnut!