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So I went to cut my guinea’s nails and noticed a hard lump under her foot, in fact both front feet my other guinea doesn’t have this- I’m going to try and get a vet apppointment but wondering if anyone know what could be causing this?
So I went to cut my guinea’s nails and noticed a hard lump under her foot, in fact both front feet my other guinea doesn’t have this- I’m going to try and get a vet appointment but wondering if anyone know what could be causing this?View attachment 147129
Spurs are very common in guinea pigs. They are simply dead skin growths and are best left alone unless they grow out of the side of the foot and are liable to rip off live skin (which can be very painful and crippling and is the reason for not intervening unless absolutely essential). However, this is not the case with yours so there is no need to worry!
I would be very careful about cutting them back yourself as you can do quite some damage if you cut into still live skin and the stub left may catch on things even more.
Those just look like foot spurs... some guinea pigs get them. They are hard, calloused areas, but aren't harmful and don't require any care. You can trim them if they get long and are catching on things (making sure to trim only the hard, crusty bits and not adjacent to the normal tissue!), but honestly I've really never had any that cause problems or needed cutting. Hope this helps!