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Foot Spurs (close up pictures before and after)

Discussion in 'Health & Illness' started by GPQ, Aug 20, 2008.

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  1. GPQ
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    GPQ

    Fred my oldest sow suffers from Foot spurs, these are hard bits of excess skin that grows from the Guinea Pigs foot and some inexperienced people think its an extra toe or nail.

    This is the before photo....
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    As you can see the spur is next to my thumb nail

    The after photo...
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    Spur was removed with human nail clippers, you can also use nail scissors too but be careful as cutting too close can make your pig bleed.
    The nails were also trimmed too.

    The actual piece I cut off...
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    I hope this has been useful for some members.

    Emma x
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    louiser Teenage Guinea Pig

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    Thats a great post thanks, nice clear pics too!:)

    I have been trimming mine too
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    Thanks Emma, thats very useful! xxx
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    What a useful post!
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    so thats what my cuddle cups has! does it cause discomfort? is it mainly found in older pigs?
  6. linz
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    very helpfull post
  7. Neve38
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    My little piggie Buttercup has those too, the vet just flicked one off once and it did bleed a little but not a lot.

    Joy xx
  8. mackpossum
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    Two of my piggies get them regularly, too. I cut them off with the clippers when I do the nail trimming.

    Superb, clear pictures, well done!
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    Those photos are very clear, I think they will be helpful for people.
    Jimmy gets them and I worried like crazy the first time I removed one.
    I wonder what causes them.
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    none of my piggies ever got that, also none of mine ever had the twisty claws either, was this just bacause they had permanent access to a concrete base run? all my piggies always had claws as short as a new born minipigs, and straight aswell. guess it was coz of the concrete, would make sense yes ?/
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    seven out of my eleven pigs have spurs and we trim them off when we do their nails.

    Great close up pics Emma and a very useful post :)
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    Fugly has these and I trim them with nail clippers

    Great thread GPQ 8:)
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    that's really useful, thank you - we had a piggy who came in with that, but i didnt know what it was! it's gone now thoughxx
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    Thanks for all the positive comments guys. I have been trying for a while to get some clear close up pictures of Spurs.

    Prehaps it could be a sticky if their isnt a post that already covers this?

    Emma x
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    Hey Emma, i saw my Pheobe had something a bit worrying on her front paw last night, it was pretty late and she played merry hell with me trying to pick her up. when i did, i saw she just had a spur, i remembered this thread! so thank you so much! i thought it was a nail growing back into the foot at first. i woke my OH up and everything! i looked for this thread to see how to deal with it and she's all spur free now.

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    please can this be stickied?
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    great pics and lovely feet!:))

    My Rene (RIP) had one of those. It never bothered him and didn't grow much more than what you show on pic 1, so I never touched it.
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    well that's another thing i have learnt today. Thanks for the very useful post:)):)
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    it is soooo useful - needs to be stickied! xxx
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    PM one of the mods and ask if it can be stickied as they may not necessarily see this ;)
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    Really useful photos! I was concerned about my piggies feet earlier in the week, had i have seen your photos earlier i wouldn't have had to worry.

    Thanks for posting them :)
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