Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum and joined because poppy has an abscess and I'm looking for some advice. I noticed the abscess on her rump about 2 weeks ago. Took her to the vets, who said they rarely see g'pigs with abscesses, which did worry me a bit as would be nice if they were more experienced. Maybe I'm just a more thorough pet owner perhaps, not sure. Anyway, she numbed the area and inserted a needle, she wasn't sure at this point whether it was definitely an abscess or maybe a tumour. She decided it must be an abscess so made an incision - this was incredibly tough! The skin was so so tough, and poppy barely seemed to notice anything. Once the incision was made, she drained lots of really thick pus, and flushed it with hibbi. Since, I have been cleaning it daily with hibbi and giving her anti-biotics. I'm a bit worried as reading about other peoples experiences, my vet hasn't told me to remove any scabs, and hasn't given me anything to flush it with, just adviced me to clean it with hibbi and cotton wool. Poppy went back for a check up and the vet said the wound is healing from the outside 1st (which obviously it would be as she's not told me to remove the wound) which is not what she wants. She's suggested now that we operate, so she's booked in for 2 days time. I don't really know what to do - not sure if I should listen to the vet, or try to find a better one, but all the vets in this area are linked, and the only alternative would be a specialist vet which as a student I can't afford. I'm worried about my pet being operated on as you hear that so many die in surgery or after. Don't know if i should apply warm compresses and try to remove the scab either. Part of me hopes that surgery doesn't have to be an option but the only alternative would be to continue with the hibbi scrub but without keeping the wound open I'm not sure how effective this will be. Any advice would be very very welcome!