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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.
I share your concerns about Amanda if she has a very deep wound on her flank. Now if this wound is full thickness through the skin and possibly into the muscle layer, then the best thing to do would be to have a vet stitch it closed (just as a doctor would if we have a deep wound). This will be the best way to help a gaping wound to close and heal. At the same time, they can dispense guinea pig pain relief (since human pain medications are dangerous and toxic for guinea pigs) and antibiotics (since skin wounds are often infected).
Otherwise, if her wound is more like a scratch and hasn't gone through the skin layer, then you can keep it clean by salt water bathing it (1 tablespoon salt to a pint warm water). This should be done a few times a day. To help keep bedding and anything in a shallow wound, consider removing any shavings or bedding and keeping her on a soft solid substrate (ie wash cloth, newspaper, etc). This way we won't have to worry about bedding getting stuck in the wound or contaminating it. Otherwise, you will be limited with what you can do at home for this wound. I know it will be tempting but do avoid using any human antibiotic cream on this wound or giving any human antibiotics. The reason is because this is a species with a very delicate GI microflora (good bacteria) and use of non guinea pig safe medications (either given orally or if she were to lick it off the wound) could cause her to develop a fatal diarrhea.
So, move her to a cage without bedding and bathe the wound. If the wound is only cutting into the skin but not all the way through, then you can bathe the wound and consider seeing if her vet will dispense guinea pig safe antibiotics to prevent infection. But if this wound is as thick as I fear and goes through the skin layer or further, then this will need stitches to close the wound and aid her healing properly.
Just in case you don't already have a guinea pig vet, you can check http://www.aemv.org/vetlist.cfm or http://www.guinealynx.info/vetlist.html . If you are struggling to find one, then also check here (http://www.rabbit.org/vets/vets.html), as rabbit vets often see our wee pocket pets as well.
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Hi,I am not saying that we should just give up on Amanda. Rather I am just warning you that this wound looks very serious, she is likely suffering, and if it cannot be repaired, then euthanasia may be our only option (unless you sought referral to a specialist surgeon who could perhaps use skin grafts). At the moment, it is worth flushing the wound and having her vet start her on cavy safe antibiotics and pain relief. After that, it is a case of taking each day at a time. If she responds positively to treatment, then you'd want to keep going and hopefully the wound will settle and heal or allow for surgical closure. If she doesn't then that would be when we'd have to consider letting her go.So, I am not saying she should be put down. I am instead saying that if you do the above and she doesn't respond to treatment it may be our only choice to keep her from suffering.Take care,Dr. B.
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