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Anna, Pet Expert/Biologist
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Experience:  40 yrs.: herps, pocket pets, rabbits, poultry, dogs, horses. Biology degree. Vet assistant.
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My 7 year old guinea pig has severe bubble foot and us in pain.

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My 7 year old guinea pig has severe bubble foot and us in pain. Wondering what to give him. He is already on antibiotics and I started vitamin C
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Anna replied 2 years ago.
Hello and welcome. Thank you for requesting me. I'm sorry to hear Puff is in pain.
It is not legal for us to give prescribing information on this forum. However, I can give you a website that has the information you seek.
You'll see that all of these standard pain relief medications do pose some risk to guinea pigs. Many can cause liver or kidney damage. If Puff were mine, I would wait until tomorrow and contact my vet for help. But you can read all the information on the above site, and then make your own decision.
There are some other things you can do to help him be more comfortable. You've probably already made sure he has a soft very dry surface on which to stand. An Epsom salt soak can relieve pain. Pour some Epsom salts in a very shallow container. We don't want any part of Puff to get wet except his feet. Add comfortable warm water, and gently hold him there for about ten minutes. This can reduce swelling and pain. You can repeat twice a day.
Cleaning his feet with Betadine (sold in the first aid department of pharmacies and discount stores) can speed healing.
Like you, I hate to think of any animal in pain, but guinea pigs are very sensitive to medications, and I don't generally give any except under a vet's instructions. If you read the information on the site I gave you, and decide to go ahead, it would be best to use the lowest dose suggested.
If you gave more questions, let me know in a REPLY. I hope Puff will quickly reach a full recovery.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Please tell me what you know about euthanasia for Guineans pigs.
Expert:  Anna replied 2 years ago.
The euthanasia solution is usually injected into a vein. Guinea pigs have very small veins, and often, when they have been sick, it's impossible to get the solution into a vein. In those cases, the vet will administer an inhalant sedative, then inject the solution into the heart.
Once again, I can't give you instructions, but the University of Minnesota has guidelines for euthanasia of small animals. Scroll about halfway down.
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I hope that whatever you decide to do, it will work out well.
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