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Old 08-09-2019, 03:12 PM   #1
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Default Missing & Growing Teeth

Hi All,

I am not normally one to make a post but i'm at a bit of a loss as to what to do with our Hamster.

About three weeks ago we noticed an overgrown bottom tooth that was growing at an angle to the side. So we took her to the vets to have it trimmed.

Three days ago (10 days after our first visit to the vets) we checked again to see this:



We had assumed that the vets had missed one tooth but after a second visit we were told by the vet that it was the same tooth that had grown this long again. So again we had it trimmed but we are at a bit of a loss as to what to do.

The vet said we can try and file it down with a metal file ourselves or trim it. Or we can have her put under anaesthetic and have it taken out which i am very reluctant to do.

Just checked her again and it is already getting long once more. She is fairly tame but i cant see her wanting her teeth filed or cut often. We try to give her plenty to chew on. We have an apple tree which we cut twigs from but she really doesn't seem interested in chewing.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-10-2019, 08:28 AM   #2
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Default Re: Missing & Growing Teeth

Sorry the image from three days ago didn't appear so here it is below

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Old 08-11-2019, 10:25 AM   #3
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Default Re: Missing & Growing Teeth

Would you be able to trim it with toe nail clippers? The ones you can buy from a podiatrist.

I really don't know but am trying to think what i would do because you obviously need to do something.

Maybe she's not interested in chewing because its uncomfortable. You could give her a variety of chews once the tooth has been trimmed. Most hamsters like a whimzee dog chew. Nuts and seeds in their shell are good too.

Sorry to respond while being unhelpful but this is a tricky one.
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Old 08-11-2019, 10:54 AM   #4
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Default Re: Missing & Growing Teeth

Is she eating fine? There may be another reason why her tooth keeps growing, but I would be thinking something along the line of if she's not eating/chewing as she should, is that why it keeps growing, so is there an underlying problem with her mouth/jaw area that could be causing it? I'm just throwing these ideas out there, e.g. is she in pain because of an abscess that has been missed or something like that and so therefore she isn't using her teeth like she should be and then it is constantly growing. Your post just made me wonder if something else was going on that has been missed.
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Old 08-11-2019, 11:19 AM   #5
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Default Re: Missing & Growing Teeth

Thanks for the replies both of you, it is really appreciated!

She has now been to the vets twice and nothing else has been picked up thus far. On the last visit we picked up a fruit mineral stone, a pumice gnaw block and today bought some Whimzee's which she took straight to her bed.

We just cleaned her cage today and now have a good idea of how much food she has stored in her bed and will check tomorrow to see how much if any she has eaten. She hasn't noticeably lost any weight over the last two weeks but will also keep an eye on that.

What kind of shelled nuts are recommended? We may see how the next week goes and then perhaps look to trim her teeth with some nail trimmers though both myself and my wife are reluctant to do it unless we really have to.
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Old 08-11-2019, 11:45 AM   #6
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I would recommend walnuts in their shells. You can start a little hole in the top with with a cork screw or something similar and then the hamster tends to be a bit more interested in trying to get into it.
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