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Urine Scald And Potential Fungus?

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Squishymoth

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Here I am posting yet again about my piggy Chamomile. I've been treating her urine burned feet by washing them in warm water every night and putting on a general pain /infection relevant on her feet. (I rub it in well and wait a while to make sure she doesn't eat it. Also recently I've been cleaning them with saline solution on a gauze pad. It's cleared up somewhat and I'm planning on getting something to specifically treat the urine burn. Oh and also I got some vet bed! (I guess this portion is just an update on her situation) recently though I've noticed a red pimple looking thing on her ear, after searching I decided it was probably some sort of fungus and have been treating it with anti fungal cream for two nights (again making sure it's fully rubbed in to avoid eating it) along with this the skin behind her ears is dry feeling I'm planning on using coconut oil there since I've also read it has anti fungal properties. I guess Chamomile is just a sickly piggy or maybe her UTI and the resulting urine burns have just lead her to lay in her own waste (due to pain etc) making her less healthy. I say this because her cage mate Clover has been healthy. So after this long winded explanation I want to ask for any further advice or corrections on the issues mentioned above or anyways to improve Chamomiles general health (I clean/spot clean the cage regularly, provide floor time a variety of veg and fruit sometimes, along with hay, food and water) I feel bad for my poor piggy and she definitely doesn't enjoy the treatments..
 
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How old is your piggy? Urine scald can happen when a pig doesn't move around much. This can be a sign that they are in pain and don't want to move. Older pigs can get arthritis, which needs to be confirmed by a vet and pain relief will be described. If she is younger and not moving then a vet visit will be needed to determine why.

UTI can cause urine scald if the pig isn't aware that they are peeing. If she been taking antibiotics and still hasn't recovered then I suggest a trip to the vet. Maybe it's something different like a bladder stone. An xray would confirm that.

Ensure you spot clean as often as possible, removing any wet bedding to reduce the risk of the scald getting worse.
 

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It sounds like Chamomile has a lot going on right now.
I would strongly recommend that you get her also to a vet as soon as possible to diagnose fungal (or not). Depending on the type and severity of the fungal, coconut oil probably won't be enough to treat it, although this could be used once it has cleared up as a preventative.

And like @Jaycey said above it might also be worth investigating why she isn't moving much and seeing if she needs some low does pain killers to help her feel better.
Personally I wouldn't use sterile saline on her burned feet as this can be quite drying and if she has any open sores it could also be painful for her.

it sounds like you are doing a good job with he,r and sometimes piggies (even the best cared for ones) get sick, so don't blame yourself.
 

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I would recommend a vet trip as I've experienced urine scalds for 3 reasons - UTI, ovarian cysts and arthritis. All 3 of them need specific treatment otherwise you are only treating the symptoms of the cause.

In regards to fungal this could be contagious, not only to your other piggy but to you too so a proper diagnosis will prevent a nasty outbreak for you all
 

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Hi, so sorry to hear about little Chamomile, it does sound like she has a lot of complex issues and needs to be seen by a vet to figure out the root cause then you can focus on the recovery.

I had a Guinea who was old with urine issues and scald on her paws and bottom. With her we worked with the vet to manage her. She was on fleece etc. However what did help was working with Chrissie at Gorgeous Guineas in the UK. She produces natural products to help with scald, fungal etc as well as everyday stuff. She made some ointment for me for my girls feet and the difference was amazing. I know she ships globally and would always be happy to help a piggy in need. Her website is www.gorgeousguineas.com just email her through the site, explain the situation and see if she can help? She is a rodentologist as well so can often provide some great advice too in conjunction with your vet.
 

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It does sound like she has a lot going on bless her. I agree with the others that a vet visit is best (though you may have mentioned that on your other thread?). For fungal I don't usually recommend coconut oil as it can make the skin heat up and so make the fungal worse. I know a lot of people do recommend it though. You also need to the vet to confirm that is what you are dealing with too. The vet bed will help the urine scald but you need to get tot he bottom of why she has it.
 

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Thank you all, I'll get her to the vet as soon as possible. Also since I wasn't clear she previously had a UTI (how she got the burns in the first place) which was treated with antibiotics, and I doubt it's arthritis since she's only about a year old. Thanks for being so helpful and I hope Chamomile recovers.
 
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