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Aimee&Chrispigs

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One of our girls recently developed cuts on both sides of her mouth which looked quite sore and we immediately took her to the vets. The vet said that he thinks she may have tried to chew something that was a bit sharp which caused the cuts and prescribed baytril and told us to clean it twice daily. This was about two weeks ago now and it still hasn't healed, we took her back to the vets yesterday along with her sister who now has the same sort of thing developing but was told the same thing again to use baytril and clean twice a day. I did ask if there is anything else that can be tried but the vet was unsure and was going to call a specialist and get back to me, any thoughts on how we can solve this would be great.
 

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As the baytril is not working, I would consider asking your vet to try a course of an oral antifungal like itrafungol. What you are describing is called cheilitis and is caused by the acid in fruit and tomatoes; it can be either bacterial or fungal, depending what gets into the cracks.

Please cut out all fruit and tomatoes from your diet, at least for the time being, and only ever feed any in small quantities no more than twice a week.

http://www.guinealynx.info/cheilitis.html
https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/threads/recommendations-for-a-balanced-general-guinea-pig-diet.116460/

We also have got a piggy savvy vet locator on the top bar: https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/pages/guinea-pig-vet-locator/
 

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I'm not sure why the vet has prescribed baytril here unless it's a true infection? It could be fungal or something else. What sort of housing are they in? Do they bar bite? Have any wooden chews etc. And do you have a picture you could post?

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