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Overgrown puffer teeth

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Wednesday, March 06, 2002 - 12:37 pm
I have two peruvian puffers who have not eaten snails or live shrimp in the past six months. Needless to say, their teeth are overgrown to the extent that one of them even looks like Bugs Bunny; a fat, happy, puffy Bugs Bunny.

Lately, one of them has had so much trouble eating that food particles often get stuck between his teeth. The one with the biggest teeth has lost a lot of weight while one of them seems to be doing ok.

Any ideas on what I can do? I have grown desperate and have considered pulling him out and using nail clippers to clip his teeth.



Wednesday, March 06, 2002 - 12:38 pm
BTW, they haven't been eating shelled food not because I don't offer it, but because they don't touch it!



Wednesday, March 06, 2002 - 12:47 pm
You might try starving them a little to make the snails and other shelled critters look more appealing. Other than that, I couldn't make any other reccommendations.



Thursday, March 07, 2002 - 08:02 am
Iboy did you try going to site? They have a lot of recipes for puffers. I know fresh mussels from the grocery store fish case were suggested by someone. Basically anything you can get them to eat that's chewy...kind of like a dog with a bone.



Thursday, March 07, 2002 - 08:06 am
I wouldn't use a nail clippers, but I read somewhere long ago on the net that someone actually did use a file or rasp to fix the teeth. It's possible their teeth are really bothering them which is why they won't eat. You may have to resort to trying to file them. Check with your local vet as I know rabbits and rodents also have this problem and maybe they have a special rasp they can suggest to do the job.



Thursday, March 07, 2002 - 11:37 am
They're kinda small, so I don't think that feeding them mussels will help very much. They're only an inch long each, without the tail. Their mouths are pretty small too and I don't think they can handle mussels, nor would they go for them.

I have tried starving them a little bit, but they still won't touch the snails.

I'm afraid of handling them because they have delicate skin that is prone to infection after injury. I know that they will thrash about in my hands if I try anything.

I'll give the file idea some thought though. That seems like it might work better than nail clippers.



Thursday, March 07, 2002 - 06:18 pm
I'd try a wet cloth of some sort rather than your bare hands. Maybe if you can cover their eyes they will be more relaxed. I'm really suprised that they are so small with problems. I'd read most puffer didn't develop the teeth difficulties until they were pretty old. Good luck.



Friday, March 08, 2002 - 02:03 am
I'd be concerned that the wet cloth would be abrasive enough to scratch their slime coats.

In any case, my friend and I performed the procedure two hours ago. The puffers were very shocked afterwards, but started eating again only 20 minutes after!

I'll keep an eye on them. It looked like it worked great!



Friday, March 08, 2002 - 07:32 am
That's great. Maybe you should consider a puffer vet practice? If they are eating I would think that's a really good sign!



Sunday, March 17, 2002 - 01:16 pm
Ok when da teeth is far grown it may be too late for da puff because there are teeth at da top n bottom when its grown in its too diffcult for da puffer to open its mouth dats why its important to have snails..clam...coral..for dem to trim dere teeth..BUT...what u can do is get a small pce of frozen bloodworms alittle frozen..break off a small pce of a snail shell hand fed da puffer inda if da puffer takes it..da shell can break alittle opeanin in da mouth..therfore the fish can trim its teeth down..or get a nail file sterlize it.9dont use alchol etc).n trim abit u only have 3seconds to do this..has somethin to do with metal in da water.hope diz helps abit .;-))


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