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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


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

    The after photo...
    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...

    I hope this has been useful for some members.

    Emma x
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  2. louiser

    louiser Teenage Guinea Pig

    Mar 20, 2008
    Rayne, Essex
    Thats a great post thanks, nice clear pics too!:)

    I have been trimming mine too
  3. MemberX

    MemberX New Member

    Jul 6, 2007
    Thanks Emma, thats very useful! x
  4. What a useful post!
  5. Clare

    Clare New Member

    so thats what my cuddle cups has! does it cause discomfort? is it mainly found in older pigs?
  6. very helpfull post
  7. 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. 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!
  9. Alfie

    Alfie Adult Guinea Pig

    Aug 26, 2007
    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.
  10. kelspiggies

    kelspiggies New Member

    Nov 23, 2007
    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 ?/
  11. MemberY

    MemberY New Member

    Mar 12, 2007
    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 :)
  12. AgentF

    AgentF Adult Guinea Pig

    Nov 11, 2007
    Fugly has these and I trim them with nail clippers

    Great thread GPQ 8:)
  13. wales1000

    wales1000 New Member

    Sep 20, 2007
    Vale of Glamorgan
    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
  14. GPQ


    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
  15. stargrrlclaire

    stargrrlclaire New Member

    Jul 16, 2008
    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.


    please can this be stickied?
  16. MrsM

    Senior Guinea Pig

    Nov 29, 2008
    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.
  17. sue 1974

    sue 1974 New Member

    well that's another thing i have learnt today. Thanks for the very useful post:)):)
  18. stargrrlclaire

    stargrrlclaire New Member

    Jul 16, 2008
    it is soooo useful - needs to be stickied! x
  19. MemberY

    MemberY New Member

    Mar 12, 2007
    PM one of the mods and ask if it can be stickied as they may not necessarily see this ;)
  20. Emma Lou

    Emma Lou New Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    West Yorkshire
    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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