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Does My Guinea Pig Have Bumble Foot?

Raefire

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So, in my last thread I was explaining how I saw that one of my guinea pig's feet were really red. Signs Of Bumble Foot / Swollen Feet?

So basically everyday when I come home from school, Cookie always kinda puts her baws on the little wire of her cage to come greet me and I took a look her her feet. (The pictures is what I saw) And yes, I know her nails are very long, she loves to be pet but hates to be picked up or when people get too close to her head or her feet so it's really hard to clip them, so I have to get them clipped by a vet. I'm pretty sure this is bumblefoot (Correct me if I'm wrong) and will definetly take her and Cream to the vet real soon to get Cream checked out, and Cookie better. (Also the nail trimming). I'm just wondering if anybody could tell if this is severe or just kinda starting? Also if you could, please tell me some things I could do to help her in the meantime!


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So, in my last thread I was explaining how I saw that one of my guinea pig's feet were really red. Signs Of Bumble Foot / Swollen Feet?

So basically everyday when I come home from school, Cookie always kinda puts her baws on the little wire of her cage to come greet me and I took a look her her feet. (The pictures is what I saw) And yes, I know her nails are very long, she loves to be pet but hates to be picked up or when people get too close to her head or her feet so it's really hard to clip them, so I have to get them clipped by a vet. I'm pretty sure this is bumblefoot (Correct me if I'm wrong) and will definetly take her and Cream to the vet real soon to get Cream checked out, and Cookie better. (Also the nail trimming). I'm just wondering if anybody could tell if this is severe or just kinda starting? Also if you could, please tell me some things I could do to help her in the meantime!


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Hi!

No, what your guinea pig has is a harmless skin spur. They are are very common in guinea pigs, about a quarter or even a third of them get spurs. Please leave be unless it impedes movement or catches on things. If cut back too close to live skin it can cause bleeding and is very, very uncomfortable for the guinea pig. Creaming etc. won't prevent them; there is no treatment necessary. Please never treat anything on spec; you can make things worse than better or prevent a proper diagnosis.

I am adding this link here, so you can see how bumblefoot looks like. It is an infection in the foot which causes swelling and then an open sore. It is rare in well kept guinea pigs except in older or frail piggies with mobility issues and a bad blood circulation.
Guinea Lynx :: Guinea Pig Feet and Foot Problems
Guinea Lynx :: Pododermatitis

Please use this guide here, which talks you through every bot of the body to learn what is normal so you can more easily spot what is not. You may find it very helpful: Guinea pig body quirks
 

Freela

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That just looks like a foot spur, which is a benign condition similar to a callus on a human being. Some pigs get them, some pigs don't. The only risk is that they could potentially catch on something and tear, which would be painful,so your vet may trim it back when they get the nails.
 

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it's not bumble foot just a foot spare! Just carfully clip it when it grows
 

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Get a veterinary nurse to cut the nails it doesn't cost much. It's amazing how they won't let there piggy slave do it, but are happy for a vet to do it. Lol

Hi & welcome to our friendly forum.
 
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