Question About Boar Hygiene

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So I have a couple questions about boar hygiene- is there anything else I can use to clean the anal sac besides mineral oil? And can I clean the grease gland with any other type of oil besides coconut? Thanks!:)
 

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I've used Swarfega to clean mine's scent gland - it's this gel mechanics use to get oil off their hands, but it's still nice and gentle :) Anal sac wise, perhaps povodine iodine? Or just run it under a slow moving tap instead :) Hope that helped ;D
 

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Personally, I wouldn't even consider cleaning a boar's anal sac without tuition - either from a Cavy Savvy vet or a good rescue.

I agree Swarfega is good for cleaning grease glands
 

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I have used swarfega for the grease gland - but as with piggy owner wouldn't do the anal sac without getting my vet to help - although someone on here or it might be on guinea lynx there is a video on how to do it and with what . - but personally would be too worried about doing him a damage if i did it myself.
 

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I have used swarfega for the grease gland - but as with piggy owner wouldn't do the anal sac without getting my vet to help - although someone on here or it might be on guinea lynx there is a video on how to do it and with what . - but personally would be too worried about doing him a damage if i did it myself.
:agr:

I have seen a video where owner uses Q tips. I accept this may be necessary for some boars but ... :yikes:




However, this is a good link ...


Boar Health Advice
 

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I have 4 boars and only ever give them a bum bath using the Swarfega to break down the grease on their hair around the grease glands and then use piggy shampoo to wash it off and then use clean water to remove the shampoo.

For the anal sack we just remove any debris and then leave the piggies natural body secretions to do the rest. I would never use anything internally on an animal or human for that matter and if I thought it was needed I would ask my vet to deal with it. I would never use anything like a cotton bud to clean them with either cause if they jump imagine the damage that could be done :yikes:

If it ain't broke don't fix it and leave nature to do it's job are my thought's.
 

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Dont see any need for deregants :hmm:I scrape the main stuff off with my fingernail , then wipe with a warm damp cloth,
 

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I've used Swarfega to clean mine's scent gland - it's this gel mechanics use to get oil off their hands, but it's still nice and gentle :) Anal sac wise, perhaps povodine iodine? Or just run it under a slow moving tap instead :) Hope that helped ;D
Personally, I wouldn't even consider cleaning a boar's anal sac without tuition - either from a Cavy Savvy vet or a good rescue.

I agree Swarfega is good for cleaning grease glands
I have used swarfega for the grease gland - but as with piggy owner wouldn't do the anal sac without getting my vet to help - although someone on here or it might be on guinea lynx there is a video on how to do it and with what . - but personally would be too worried about doing him a damage if i did it myself.
:agr:

I have seen a video where owner uses Q tips. I accept this may be necessary for some boars but ... :yikes:




However, this is a good link ...


Boar Health Advice
I have 4 boars and only ever give them a bum bath using the Swarfega to break down the grease on their hair around the grease glands and then use piggy shampoo to wash it off and then use clean water to remove the shampoo.

For the anal sack we just remove any debris and then leave the piggies natural body secretions to do the rest. I would never use anything internally on an animal or human for that matter and if I thought it was needed I would ask my vet to deal with it. I would never use anything like a cotton bud to clean them with either cause if they jump imagine the damage that could be done :yikes:

If it ain't broke don't fix it and leave nature to do it's job are my thought's.
Dont see any need for deregants :hmm:I scrape the main stuff off with my fingernail , then wipe with a warm damp cloth,
Thank you all! I have one more question- is it safe to wipe the "outer" genital area with a q-tip dipped in warm water? Thanks :)
 

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I have 5 boars, I use swarfega for the gland and sorry but q tips for the anal sac. 3 get quite bad so I feel I have no choice, never had a problem. If you're cleaning his bits, I was told only to use your fingers as (obviously) it's quite sensitive and you need to know the pressure you're applying so not to hurt them.
 

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Thank you all! I have one more question- is it safe to wipe the "outer" genital area with a q-tip dipped in warm water? Thanks :)

Yes - but. a piece of gauze or a flannel may be a better size .
 

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Do you have a rescue near you ? I went to Cavy Corner to learn about boar hygiene - they were very helpful.
 

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Please don't use povodine iodine, it is a strong antiseptic that has no benefit to the cleaning of anal sacs, and it stings like hell when you put it on cuts and open wounds.
I don't like to use Swarfega as it is an agressive chemical but it does the job very quickly compared to other products. Be sure to rinse until all the smell has gone.
Olive oil is good for anal sacs too. The oil is to lubricate the sac lining, to ease the next compaction along.
Oh! just remembered this post.
Calling All Boar Owners ;)
Have fun.
 

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This post is probably enough to put any newbies off of boars, unfortunately it is too late for me :o
 

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Please don't use povodine iodine, it is a strong antiseptic that has no benefit to the cleaning of anal sacs, and it stings like hell when you put it on cuts and open wounds.
I don't like to use Swarfega as it is an agressive chemical but it does the job very quickly compared to other products. Be sure to rinse until all the smell has gone.
Olive oil is good for anal sacs too. The oil is to lubricate the sac lining, to ease the next compaction along.
Oh! just remembered this post.
Calling All Boar Owners ;)
Have fun.
I would never use pov. iodine with open wounds or on broken skin, and have never applied it to the inside of the anal sac, and even after that only on instruction with no issues. I've never had any problems with Swarfega on grease glands either and always wash it off thoroughly, and again have only used it during my RHA training at the CCT :) I think products can be a matter of opinion sometimes :)
 
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