My guinea pig has a lump (about the size of a 50p) which the vet said was a harmless cyst. when i fed her today I noticed it had burst. There is a thick white-ish waxy paste in it - I have squeezed some out and cleaned it with salt water - it is not bothering her at all and she did not complain when I sueezed it. There is still some left in it but i dont think it can be flushed like a cyst, it is too thick. Am i doing the right thing? Should I keep bathing it?
Optional Information: Age: 3; Female
For this srea you will need to clip the hair away from the area. Use some warm compresses with hot ware and epsom salts. Then take some peroxide and clean the area as well as possible, follow with some Betadine scrub, and last some Neosporin. Do this treatment sevearl times a day. You want the area to be cleaned out so it can heal form the inside out. If it does not seem to be healing in a few days have the Vet check it out, since he may have to clean it out and sutire it up. Joan
I have already cleaned the area with salt water and scraped out as much of the gresy sunbstance as possible with a blunt metal instrument. I have not heard of epsom salts or betadene. Is betadene like Hibiscrub? In which case how do I apply it into the empty sack of skin? Just wipe it or actually use something to flush it in? The skin on top is black and flaking but the skin underneath is healthy when it flakes away.She is able to reach it and wash it, should i dress it? Also my other guinea pig is intent on "helping" to clean it but if i separate them, they become distressed.
The Betadine is a ProvoIodine scrub. You can inject it into the area with a needless syringe. This will help flush out the area. Epsom salts is used for drawing out inflamation a, but plain salt water can work. If your other cavy is helping clean the area do not worry, they can do very well helping each other. You have done a great job with this situation. I would leave it open since the dressing will be chewed off by one cavy or the other. Joan
Vet Tech for 30+yrs. Small Animals and Fish
Just wanted to say thanks again for the advice. We took our little piggie to the vet in the end just in case we needed antibiotics but thanks to your advice on how to clean the wound all we have to do is administer some oral antibiotics and there is no need for her to have any surgery or further treatment on the wound itself - much to our guinea pigs delight! (Im sure this saved us a fair few pennies - so we pleased too!)Thanks Again! Jemma and Corned beef! x
Thank you for the update! Glad all has worked out well for You and your baby! Joan