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Eye problem

2Pigs2Many

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I rescued 2 skinny pigs for my Boyfriend and we had a lot of work to do on them, but they are now very happy and comfortable for the most part. They are brothers, 2.5 years old, appears healthy otherwise except one thing. We all know Guinea Pigs secrete a type of "shampoo" out of their eyes that they use to wash themselves. One of the pigs "shampoo" frequently will stay there and crust over. The eye will be winced occasionally because of the crust. It does not look infected at the moment. He was checked by a vet before and was on antibiotics, but it didn't really do anything. Is this just a duct issue? Right now I just advised my Boyfriend to run a lukewarm Q-tip gently over the eye to cleanse it of the crust. I'd love some opinions on the matter, thank you so much.
 

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I don’t really know to be honest. I know with one of my boys that he sometimes has a small amount of sleep on his eyes, but not quite the amount you mention.

I would use something like cotton wool to clean the eye area rather than a q-tip - less chance of mistakenly hurting his eye.

There’ll be others along later to help you out - this forum is U.K. based and it’s still early hours here.
 

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It will range from white milky residue left behind from after he washed himself to a bit of crust. His brother licks his eye clean, I suppose he knows something is off. It's been going on since we got him and for around ~3 months now. I didn't see any green/yellow discharge or any symptoms that really would make me think it was an eye infection after the last vet visit and round of antibiotics, so I was wondering if it's like... a gland problem? I'll grab a thing of cotton from the store in the morning. I live in USA so my time is definitely different, will wait for more input. Thanks :)
 

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Use saline water. You can either buy it or make your own. I can’t remember exactly how for the latter.

Is your vet experienced in treating guinea pigs? Then again when it comes to eyes, they are treated the same as cats and dogs, so you could take him to a general vet.
 
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