Thank you for getting back to me. I'm sorry for the delay, but I'm not a fast typist, and this is a long answer. I'm glad to hear you use paper bedding, since wood-based ones can cause skin problems (and worse). Because the sore area has now spread to her feet, this sounds like an infection. Stress can increase the chances of getting infections, so the move may have been an indirect cause. The Vetericyn would help with bacterial infections, but would have no effect on fungal infections. However, there are other possibility, too. The location of the sore areas on the belly and feet make me wonder if she might have a urinary tract infection. Such infections can cause incontinence in guinea pigs. The leaking urine often irritates the skin of the belly and feet. Female guinea pigs are very prone to such infections because they are low-slung and bacteria can easily enter the urinary tract. Scurvy can also cause such symptoms. You won't be able to get a certain diagnosis until you can see the vet. The vet can examine her and possibly do a skin scraping.
In the meantime, make sure her bedding is perfectly dry. Remove any wet sections every day. You can also gently wash the affected areas, and then apply the Vetericyn. If there's urine on her, washing it off may help make her more comfortable.. I would also give some supplemental vitamin C. Those vitamins that go in the water are not good for several reasons. They can make the water taste bad, so the guinea pig doesn't drink enough. And, of course, she also won't get enough vitamin C. Those bottles often sit in warehouses for months on end, and deteriorate. The same is true of guinea pig foods fortified with vitamin C. If not stored in a cool area, the vitamin C deteriorates quickly.It's possible Boo hasn't been getting enough. It's always a good idea to give guinea pigs with health problems additional vitamin C.If boo has a good appetite, she would probably eat a children's chewable. Cut a 100 mg. tablet in fourths. Give her 25 mgs. twice a day. You can read more about vitamin C here:http://www.guinealynx.info/scurvy.html
While it probably isn't directly related to the skin problem, you may want to consider a different food. The so-called gourmet mixes, which contain seeds and corn, are very bad for guinea pigs. They cannot digest these foods. Plain guinea pig pellets should be provided - hay should be the main ingredient, and no seeds, dried fruit, nuts, etc. These foods can be found in feed stores (they may have to be special ordered). Purina makes good ones. You can read more about feeding guinea pigs on this reputable site:http://www.guinealynx.info/diet.html
If Boo stops eating, that is an emergency. You can feed her from a syringe. Oxbow Critical Care is the best choice, but if you can't get it, you can grind pellets to a fine powder, then mix with enough water to make a slurry. Add the ground up vitamin C, too. Another way to provide the 25 mgs. of vitamin c twice a day is to buy a human infant's liquid C, and give it from a syringe.
There really isn't anything you can do but keep her dry, take measures to soothe the skin, provide extra vitamin C, and make sure she is eating. Other measures will have to wait until a vet can make a certain diagnosis. If you have more questions, let me know by clicking on REPLY. I hope Boo will be fine.
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