• Discussions taking place within this forum are intended for the purpose of assisting you in discussing options with your vet. Any other use of advice given here is done so at your risk, is solely your responsibility and not that of this forum or its owner. Before posting it is your responsibility you abide by this Statement

Help!

Status
Not open for further replies.

kirst10

New Member
Joined
Oct 22, 2010
Messages
383
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Location
West Midlands/Merseyside
=[
Skittle has a curling nail on his right paw - cutting his nails has never been a problem before, until this month.
He never lets me near and now he has a reason. I just spent 30mins trying to trim this nail because its getting long, dark and gnarly; now i'll clipped his toe too because he threw a wriggling fit as i cut and he wont come out from under the bed =[.
He's making a crying noise!
I distracted him and cuddled him, gave him some cucumber, but now he wont come near me =[.
Its only a tiny dot of blood, and he isnt limping but now I'm worried.
 
Last edited:

Wiebke

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Mar 10, 2009
Messages
64,511
Reaction score
30,319
Points
3,341
Location
Coventry UK
If you are worried about infection, bathe his foot in saline solution. You make it by boiling 1 pint of water, stir in 1 tsp of salt and let it cool. Otherwise, you could use bepanthen cream from the pharmacy once the wound is no longer open. Your boy will feel a bit sorry for himslef at first, but will soon forget about it.

Usually, you do not need to worry. Piggies heal quickly. Keep an eye out for signs of infection as redness and swelling in a few days time.

PS: Please be more specific in your title - by posting in this section you are implicitly asking for advice. But you will earn yourself the gratitude of very busy people if the title gives them a good idea of what your problem is! Like for example, "cut to toe"...
Thanks!
 

kirst10

New Member
Joined
Oct 22, 2010
Messages
383
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Location
West Midlands/Merseyside
If you are worried about infection, bathe his foot in saline solution. You make it by boiling 1 pint of water, stir in 1 tsp of salt and let it cool. Otherwise, you could use bepanthen cream from the pharmacy once the wound is no longer open. Your boy will feel a bit sorry for himslef at first, but will soon forget about it.

Usually, you do not need to worry. Piggies heal quickly. Keep an eye out for signs of infection as redness and swelling in a few days time.

PS: Please be more specific in your title - by posting in this section you are implicitly asking for advice. But you will earn yourself the gratitude of very busy people if the title gives them a good idea of what your problem is! Like for example, "cut to toe"...
Thanks!
Okay that sounds simple enough, i've already got bepathen, saline shouldn't be a problem - he's popcorning away now, seems happy enough if not a tiny bit grumpy bless him.
Sorry, i was in a panic when i posted =/
 

flips

Senior Guinea Pig
Joined
Jan 21, 2010
Messages
9,981
Reaction score
25
Points
0
Location
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
It's easily done. Flumpet has done the wriggly thing to me before and ended up with a dot of blood. She gave me the most filthy looks afterwards but soon got over it with a big helping of parsley.

:)
 

Laura-CCC4

Senior Guinea Pig
Joined
Nov 4, 2008
Messages
11,538
Reaction score
243
Points
950
Location
Cambs, UK
I agree, easily done, I normally catch at least one nail on one pig out of 13 pigs every month, there's always a drama queen in my bunch as well, one who will jump and squeal before you've even cut the nail. Funnily enough it is usually the boys...!

I also understand the difficulties of trimming those nails that curl tightly towards the foot pad, I find I can only cut them with human nail clippers, the only thing that will get around the curl.
 

kirst10

New Member
Joined
Oct 22, 2010
Messages
383
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Location
West Midlands/Merseyside
He seems happy enough now - but all of his nails need a trim =/ some of them have dirt underneath, from where i have no idea, unless he's been fighting with his poo.
He's such a girl - over the last month we get squealing if we pick him up, he's only happy if you let him have it his way haha, such a teenager.
The nail and fingery bit seem to have healed up nicely, so i guess i'll have to pre plan another trimming sesh after i've worn him out.
Thank you ^_^
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top