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Help! - Bleeding from the bum

Incredipigs

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So I noticed yesterday my 5 year old guinea pig, Charity had some kind of abcess on her cheek.
Today she is heavily bleeding from her front bum. The blood is bright red. I can't get her to the vet until Tuesday.
My grandma reckons she is having a baby. There is a chance she could have been pregnant when we rescued her. Charity is quite a fat piggie but I don't know if she's fat enough to be pregnant. What do you think?

Is there anything I can do for her until Tuesday?
 

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Heavy bleeding wont wait until tuesday, whatever is causing it- you should call an emergency out of hours vet straight away, or she might die...
 

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So I noticed yesterday my 5 year old guinea pig, Charity had some kind of abcess on her cheek.
Today she is heavily bleeding from her front bum. The blood is bright red. I can't get her to the vet until Tuesday.
My grandma reckons she is having a baby. There is a chance she could have been pregnant when we rescued her. Charity is quite a fat piggie but I don't know if she's fat enough to be pregnant. What do you think?

Is there anything I can do for her until Tuesday?
Hi! Acute bleeding that is not stopping in 10-15 minutes needs to be seen by a vet as an emergency.
In pregnant sows should not bleed and birthing mothers less than a teaspoon during birth and in the first 24 hours after giving birth in all - and none of it very fresh. Again, acute bleeding during that time counts as an emergency.
Any bleeding from the reproductive tract (womb/ovaries) is not good news.
https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/threads/pregnancy-guide.109375/
https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/threads/labor-and-birth.109382/

Please check whether it is red coloured urine (potential urinary tract infection or bladder stone) or pure blood from the womb.
In the first case, you can wait until Tuesday to see the vet unless your piggy is in great pain and very unwell/losing its appetite and weight. In the second you can't. Do you have any 24 hour services in your area? they are now available in most urban areas; you can find them when you google.

PS: Any abscess needs to be seen by a vet promptly, usually lanced when close to the surface (unless it is still early and small enough pending a vet's assessment) or operated out if it is sitting deeper ideally before it blows up very quickly - it can literally triple or quadruple in size in 24 hours before it bursts. It requires a strong antibiotic.
Any lump needs to be seen for a hands-on examination by a vet as there is quite a wide range of what they can be. The majority are harmless cysts and fatty lumps, but some are abscesses (which cannot be left) and benign or malign tumours (which need to come out in most cases).
 

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Hi! Acute bleeding that is not stopping in 10-15 minutes needs to be seen by a vet as an emergency.
In pregnant sows should not bleed and birthing mothers less than a teaspoon during birth and in the first 24 hours after giving birth in all - and none of it very fresh. Again, acute bleeding during that time counts as an emergency.
Any bleeding from the reproductive tract (womb/ovaries) is not good news.
https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/threads/pregnancy-guide.109375/
https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/threads/labor-and-birth.109382/

Please check whether it is red coloured urine (potential urinary tract infection or bladder stone) or pure blood from the womb.
In the first case, you can wait until Tuesday to see the vet unless your piggy is in great pain and very unwell/losing its appetite and weight. In the second you can't. Do you have any 24 hour services in your area? they are now available in most urban areas; you can find them when you google.

PS: Any abscess needs to be seen by a vet promptly, usually lanced when close to the surface (unless it is still early and small enough pending a vet's assessment) or operated out if it is sitting deeper ideally before it blows up very quickly - it can literally triple or quadruple in size in 24 hours before it bursts. It requires a strong antibiotic.
Any lump needs to be seen for a hands-on examination by a vet as there is quite a wide range of what they can be. The majority are harmless cysts and fatty lumps, but some are abscesses (which cannot be left) and benign or malign tumours (which need to come out in most cases).
The blood was bright red, fresh, pure blood.
She is acting completely normal, she is eating and drinking fine.

I'm not really sure it is an abscess, it just looks like one side of her cheek is swollen. I have given her some antibiotics.
 

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You should not give antibiotics unless prescribed by a vet for that piggy after being examined by the vet.
You need to get this piggy seen as an emergency. Pure fresh blood is NOT something that can wait until Tuesday.
 

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The blood was bright red, fresh, pure blood.
She is acting completely normal, she is eating and drinking fine.

I'm not really sure it is an abscess, it just looks like one side of her cheek is swollen. I have given her some antibiotics.
If the face is swollen, she needs to be seen by a vet promptly! Just giving some antibiotics on spec that you have hanging around is not enough without a consultation and appropriate treatment. Once an abscess starts blowing up, it is like a runaway train and can't be stopped by a little baytril, which is not strong enough to cut through it, I am very sorry to say. And it will take a vet to diagnose what is wrong in the first place!

This forum cannot replace a vet visit and we cannot take any responsibility for any actions of yours because we are neither vets nor able to diagnose reliably just from your words.

I am very sorry, but this is an emergency. They never happen at a convenient time, but they are part and parcel of responsible pet ownership.

Your girl needs to see a vet ASAP!
 

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If the face is swollen, she needs to be seen by a vet promptly! Just giving some antibiotics on spec that you have hanging around is not enough without a consultation and appropriate treatment. Once an abscess starts blowing up, it is like a runaway train and can't be stopped by a little baytril, which is not strong enough to cut through it, I am very sorry to say. And it will take a vet to diagnose what is wrong in the first place!

This forum cannot replace a vet visit and we cannot take any responsibility for any actions of yours because we are neither vets nor able to diagnose reliably just from your words.

Your girl needs to see a vet ASAP!
:agr: Completely with @Wiebke. Your piggy needs to be seen as an emergency.
 

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Definitely a vet visit now, please don’t wait!
Good luck!
 

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I agree with what has already been said. Please see a vet ASAP. My girl started bleeding from either her vagina or bottom so we rushed her to the vets (as soon as I phoned them and explained the problem, they fitted her in). Thankfully and X-ray and scan both came back clear. She was prescribed Septrin and I had to separate her from her friends for a few days to keep an eye on her bleeding and wee and poo output. Thankfully, she was ok and the Septrin stopped the bleeding so my vet put it down to a uti but it could have been so much worse
 

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As everyone else has said, bleeding from the urogenital area is an emergency. This isn't a normal part of the guinea pigs' reproductive cycle, whether she is pregnant or not. Neither is the cheek lump. Both need to be assessed ASAP.
 

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After the bleeding was really heavy on Saturday it stopped. However I found a few drips under where she was sitting later that day. She was absolutely fine all day yesterday (no bleeding) and her swollen cheek has gone down so I think that must have been an insect bite. Today she is absolutely fine, she hasn't had any more bleeding, her swollen cheek looks alot better, she is acting fine - eating, drinking, sleeping.
I am so relieved.
 

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I cannot stress enough that you really should get her seen by a vet. Bleeding of this nature is not normal & requires investigation. And please do not give antibiotics unless directed to do so by the vet.
 

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I agree with everyone else on this thread, you really do need to get your piggy to see a vet.
 

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She still needs to see a vet and I sincerely hope you take her tomorrow as stated in the original post. If you are struggling with vet costs, consider surrendering to a rescue who will provide appropriate much needed vet care.
 
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