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Signs Of Bumble Foot / Swollen Feet?

Raefire

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So, I have two female guinea pigs one named Cookie, and the other Cream. Just about 45 minutes ago I was cleaning their cage and Cookie was running around the cage I was not cleaning at the time and I noticed her feet are reeaaally red. So, obviously I got concerned and since neither of them like being picked up, I put some hay in a box to make her go in it so I could try to examine her. Cookie is really outgoing and loves to be pet, but doesn't like it when two hands are by her, or when somebody picks her up so it was hard to examine her. The best thing I could really do was have her walk around a little and I could examine her feet from behind as she was walking. She's really fast too, so I wasn't able to get really "good" glimpses of her feet but I got some. From what I saw, I couldn't see any sores on any feet. Just redness. I should also mention, Cream is VERY shy and also doesn't like to be picked up, or to even be pet. She also doesn't like it when people (or guinea pigs) get in her personal space (Except Cookie on some circumstances) making it very hard to trim both of their nails. Therefore, both of their nails are very long. I'll definitely be taking them to a vet soon to get their nails trimmed within the next month at the greatest. I should also mention, my family isn't really a wealthy family so we can't really afford the high quality bedding they like. When we first got Cookie and Cream we were able to give them the Carefresh bedding (which they love) for the first 3 or 4 months but we can't really afford buying them that bedding 4 times a month, so we switched to a bedding that doesn't have dust, but isn't really comfy either. It's not wood shavings, it's like if you're crawling on a rug with shorts on for too long and getting rug burn. We will soon be switching to fleece bedding once we find a seller. Anyways, as I was putting Cookie back, I noticed Cream's feet were a little red, but not as bad as Cookie's. Cream's extremely jumpy and cautious (Like I said before) so I know for a fact that if I even tried to put her in a box or examined her, her stress levels would be at maximum. Do you think it's bumble foot or maybe just the beginning of bumble foot? Maybe something else? I haven't noticed this until just now and their feet were definitely not red when they had their Carefresh bedding. Last thing: Cookie's nails are starting to become black at their tips so I'll definetly be taking them to a vet soon to get them trimmed. Sorry for the long post lol :b
 

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So, I have two female guinea pigs one named Cookie, and the other Cream. Just about 45 minutes ago I was cleaning their cage and Cookie was running around the cage I was not cleaning at the time and I noticed her feet are reeaaally red. So, obviously I got concerned and since neither of them like being picked up, I put some hay in a box to make her go in it so I could try to examine her. Cookie is really outgoing and loves to be pet, but doesn't like it when two hands are by her, or when somebody picks her up so it was hard to examine her. The best thing I could really do was have her walk around a little and I could examine her feet from behind as she was walking. She's really fast too, so I wasn't able to get really "good" glimpses of her feet but I got some. From what I saw, I couldn't see any sores on any feet. Just redness. I should also mention, Cream is VERY shy and also doesn't like to be picked up, or to even be pet. She also doesn't like it when people (or guinea pigs) get in her personal space (Except Cookie on some circumstances) making it very hard to trim both of their nails. Therefore, both of their nails are very long. I'll definitely be taking them to a vet soon to get their nails trimmed within the next month at the greatest. I should also mention, my family isn't really a wealthy family so we can't really afford the high quality bedding they like. When we first got Cookie and Cream we were able to give them the Carefresh bedding (which they love) for the first 3 or 4 months but we can't really afford buying them that bedding 4 times a month, so we switched to a bedding that doesn't have dust, but isn't really comfy either. It's not wood shavings, it's like if you're crawling on a rug with shorts on for too long and getting rug burn. We will soon be switching to fleece bedding once we find a seller. Anyways, as I was putting Cookie back, I noticed Cream's feet were a little red, but not as bad as Cookie's. Cream's extremely jumpy and cautious (Like I said before) so I know for a fact that if I even tried to put her in a box or examined her, her stress levels would be at maximum. Do you think it's bumble foot or maybe just the beginning of bumble foot? Maybe something else? I haven't noticed this until just now and their feet were definitely not red when they had their Carefresh bedding. Last thing: Cookie's nails are starting to become black at their tips so I'll definetly be taking them to a vet soon to get them trimmed. Sorry for the long post lol :b
Overall red soles are just a sign that feet are warm. Signs of potential trouble are localised red spots on the soles. Open bumblefoot sores generally only happen on the weight bearing pads of the front feet unless you talk wire bottom cages or long term living in never cleaned places.

Please be careful to not overtreat foot soles, as too much creaming can soften them and expose them to more trouble.
 
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