The color seems really weird to me, is it normal for scabs to be this bright red color? At first when I saw it I thought it was some fuzz so I tried to brush it out of her eye, so I know it's fairly solid right now and not bleeding any more as far as I can tell.
Would sterile saline solution for contacts be okay to use on a guinea pig? I was thinking I could try to flush the eye a little in case something's stuck in it. I don't have any eye products for guinea pigs specifically.
Have you been using any antiseptic on her scrapes? When my piggies have had wounds my vet has always got me to clean them with antiseptic once a day to help prevent infection.
According to the antiseptics page povidone iodine is safe to use near the eyes. So if you're worried about the scratch near her eye getting infected you could use that to clean it. Cleaning wounds is pretty easy -- you just put a little antiseptic solution on some gauze or a Q-tip and gently wipe the wound.
I'm not sure if scabs can scratch the eye or not (I feel like they wouldn't be solid or hard enough to do any damage, but as I said I'm not 100% sure.) I'd just keep an eye out (pun intended, hehe) for any signs of injury to the eye itself.
Whenever I've had a pig scratch their eye it's always been pretty obvious (the injury would form an abscess and go cloudy). If you notice any signs of eye injury from the link above take her to see the vet. But otherwise I wouldn't worry about it too much.
Oh and Hazel is super cute btw :)
Sterile saline makes a good flush for an injury. You would primarily be concerned with infection and watch for redness, tenderness, warm to touch, etc. (what an infection would be like in a human).
I haven't been using antiseptic on her injuries, but I have been dabbing very very small amounts of Neosporin on the bigger ones, just barely enough to coat the wounds to hopefully stave off infection. I am being very careful about it, have been keeping in mind the negative effects in case of ingestion. Dunno if such a small amount of it is really doing anything to help, they probably wouldn't have gotten infected without it anyway buuuut everything's looking pretty good right now including her poops, so who knows? I do think I'll go out and get some povidone iodine, that sounds like a lot less risky than Neosporin and a good thing to have on hand anyway. Thank you!
I also flushed her eye a little bit with the saline, again who knows if it really did anything to help but at least it doesn't seem to have hurt anything (except making Hazel super mad at me and giving her a wet ear).
So right now the set-up I have is just a small cardboard box (probably ~6x8x12) with two small holes cut in it, on the bottom on one side and the top on the other- that way if the big pigs flip it over while she's outside (or inside for that matter too, I guess) she'll still be able to get in and out. She doesn't leave it much if at all though, so I've switched to feeding her outside the cage more times a day... she could probably use the extra calories anyway even if she's eating more than she normally does. I'm more worried about her staying hydrated. My big sow's taken to chewing on the doorway of the box because she is a whiny princess poopface who has to have everything she wants including Hazel's butt apparently, so I patched it up with a cardboard scrap and some duct tape, which they don't seem to like chewing on- tomorrow I'm going to go get some of those little hard plastic portfolio binder things to line the edges of the doorways with so I don't have to worry about them deciding they do like duct tape and giving themselves blockages.
Anyway, that was a wall of text, but that's my game plan for now! Seriously thank you all so much for all the help!
Hazel's looking better again this morning, and she's still slowly but steadily gaining weight.
Last night I started her on that, and I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions for how to give it to her. This isn't something I'm supposed to syringe feed her with pellet slurry, is it? I moistened the pellets and sprinkled the BeneBac on top, but it seemed like all the powder fell off and she just ate the pellets, there was a good amount of just powder left in the bottom of the bowl this morning. So this morning I put more water with the pellets before sprinkling, and mixed it all up a lot better. Seems like it's sticking to the pellets much more, it's just been 4 hours and she hasn't touched her pellets yet. Am I misunderstanding the directions? Anyone have experience with BeneBac powder instead of gel?
(Side note: Hazel is now separated from my other pigs by a grid. She just never came out of the cardboard box and it was getting stinky. So I am able to keep track of her input and output quite well now!)
- Supporter in '13
However, my vet also prescribed me benebac in a gel form (squirted from a syringe which dispenses the correct amount every time you click the syringe to release the product). I found this more effective than the powder form. It is more expensive though and I have seen it available on-line on Amazon.
Still haven't heard back from the vet about her fecal and urine tests.
(poop and urine tests from the last post both came back clean, for any wondering)
Also a little bit worried about her lump. It feels a little less symmetrical than Violet's lump felt. But I guess there's no point in worrying about it now. Just gotta get her to the vet tomorrow.