I'll see a vet on monday. Wondering if there could be an abscess that needs stuff removed, would there be lots of bleeding?
I think Josephine said culturing it is best in which case maybe I should not until seen by vet. I'll see if I can get some chlorhexidine anywhere tomorrow.
Poor Nina. It was a shock to see it all swollen. I wonder if I missed it.
Sorry, I have virtually no experience with foot injuries, but I would have done the same as you did. When I had to deal with abscesses (not on feet, though) and was flushing them out, pus would come out at first. When blood alone came out, it meant there was no pus to be flushed anymore.
Now, why do these things always happen on the weekend???
Any advice appreciated. I'm going to have to get either some of that newskin or some tape and gauze I guess for wrapping. The bandage I put on is still there. and some new triple antibiotic ointment? This is BNP, right?
Man, I am such a wimp.
When flushing, I have noticed some whitish tissue down in there even after all the pus has been squeezed out (E is right, blood can be a good sign). I think this might just be necrotic tissue. Usually I can tell if there is pus in there because it will have lumpy pockets underneath the wound.
Pinta has said, I think, that nu-skin is not good for open wounds. I would stick with cleansing and dressing with bnp.
The betadine can be diluted until it looks like weak iced tea.
Ever bought any chlorhexidine?
What I saw looked white/peculiar. It didn't lend itself to coming right out so maybe it was part of the foot. Maybe I should just stick with soaking.
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I have only found concentrated chlorhexadine at the vet.
However, I'm not sure if it would be the best thing for an open wound. I've had great success with the povidone-iodine (betadine).
But with a lot of blood, it doesn't sound like an abcess. Usually I don't get blood out of an abcess until I've squeezed a good deal of pus out.
I guess this means if your pig is acting at all unusually, you should at least give them a once over.
A brand name for chlorhexadine is Nolvasan. My horse vet has me dilute it ten to one. There are different kinds--it comes in a wash, in a wound cream, in a disinfectant too, I think. I have been using it to clean out Dust Bunny's abcess.
Good luck! Let us know how it goes.
- I GAVE, dammit!
And of course, it's a weekend. Has anyone EVER had a pig have an emergency at noon on a Monday-Friday?? Not me.
- I GAVE, dammit!
They know my voice at the ER clinic. Everthing seems to happen after hours. I just chalk it up to Murphy's law.
Blood is much better than pus in a wound. A culture is worthless once you've started antibiotics.
You can get Betadine over the counter but I believe Nolvasan is by prescripton only or from vet supply companies. I've always gotten mine from my vets.
I know the flush is highly diluted Nolvasan. I had the undiluted with the chemo pig and it needed to be diluted about 10 to 1. It makes it a very light blue rather than an bright bue. Undiluted Nolvasan is used as a vetinary cleanser and surgical tool disinfectant. It is way too strong for wound use that way.
Blood with no puss sure sounds like a cut rather than an abcess.
My animal physical therapist recommends aloe vera. If you have a plant, break off a piece and squeeze the gel right on the wound and then wrap it.
Combined with the sharp breathing, I would say Nina could be a candidate for Enacard or Fortekor. Any other peculiarities like Pea Eye, weight loss, inactivity, chronic URIs?
Peony has easily ulcerated feet that take overly long to heal (currently sporting 3 bandaged feet) and can't keep her weight on. She has Malocclusion from TMJ and has recently developed Pea Eye.
I have noticed that most if not all my heart pigs have also had to deal with malocclusion. I believe the malocclusion is due to them not working their teeth enough. With bad hearts they have to make a choice between breathing and eating.
With all these red flags we put Peony, who will be 7 in July, on Fortekor. She has only been on it for a few days, but I am noticing a better activity level and less weight loss overnight. Hopefully we won't need Lasix as well. She has just come down with a URI, most likely because of a compromised immune system. But she is eating well, in good spirits and the lungs are almost quiet after 3 doses of Doxcycline.