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Guinea Pig Help Needed

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by allmychickens, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. allmychickens

    allmychickens Just'a small town girl

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    I think my guinea pig might have bumble foot!!!! Her feet are pink and swollen the back feet are slightly blistered and the front feet have scabs!!!
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    IS this bumble foot?
     
  2. Alabama ee

    Alabama ee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They can get something that looks like it from being on wet litter. It is very important to keep their area very dry. HOw big is her cage? How often do you change her litter(shavings) in her cage?
     
  3. allmychickens

    allmychickens Just'a small town girl

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  4. Alabama ee

    Alabama ee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is either wet bedding or the litter you are using.

    I would check to make sure the litter is dry. The urine can really hurt their feet. One suggestion, that works for us, is to spot clean on an every other day basis. Where ever she wets, clean that out and replace with clean shavings. For their size, they can make a spot wet very quickly.

    Another thing it could be is the bedding material. Some guineas are just more sensitive than others to the type of wood or material. Make sure it is free of splinters, free of strong oils, and absorbs well. I would not use cat litter because I would not want her to eat it, too much dust, and it sometimes will absorb the moisture out of their feet. Straw gets stinky too fast and does not keep the urine away from the cavy well. For us, wood shavings, or wood pellets work best As far as type of wood, cedar, and sometimes pine can hurt their feet. A lot of folks use Aspen.
     

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