I’ve recently rescued two Guinea Pigs. We’ve named them Thelma and Louise.
It appears to me Thelma is overweight compared to Louise. They are just getting slowly comfortable with us and I’ve read a ton already regarding their care and what to do and not to do!!! Wow- a lot!! Thelma will eat out of my hand when I soak her feet right now :)
Back to topic - Thelma was hopping away from me and I noticed he little hocks were quite red. Looked it up and thought oh crap. Sooo I’ve been doing a soak in a dish with a quite saturated cloth in the bottom and sprinkling some Epsom salts on top to let dissolve into the water. They are eucalyptus Epsom salts and have very very little scent esp with the small amount I’m using. Her tummy seems to get wet naturally so I hold her after and get her warm and pat her tummy and then try to rub it down so it’s just a little damp. Then I’m rubbing coconut oil on all 4 feet esp the hocks where they are so red :(
She is eating drinking and pooping fine and doesn’t seem bothered by them. Should I be rinsing her tummy or is the drying off and rubbing it down enough?? Her feet should be fine as I’m lathering them with coconut oil. I would post a pic but I can’t seem to figure out how on here!! She is for now on carefree paper bedding and I’ve been changing it generally every two days and the areas she sleeps and pees the most everyday
Note the warnings on the pododermatitis page regarding the Epsom salts.
Note the guidelines for determining if your guinea pig is at a good weight on this page:
She did not get red feet from here. She came to me with them which doesn’t surprise me based on the appearance of her cage at the sanctuary. I just didn’t know to look at her feet when I picked her up.
I kindof feel like these threads get very shaming of people. I just rescued a guinea Pig from deplorable conditions and it’s been only a few days. Most people would just return them. I’m doing what I can given it’s been a couple of days. Just an answer to my questions is all I would like. Please. I find people here jump on others like they aren’t caring for their pets. These pigs are living in a palace here and will be cared for very well. I just wanted helpful answers
- And got the T-shirt
Nobody has said, or suggested, that you're not caring for your guinea pigs. You posted, we tried to respond with helpful information.
But you should realize that this is a forum for exchange of information, and that our focus is on the care of the guinea pigs. We're not much into hand-holding, unless you've got a very sick pig or have lost one. You're very welcome here, but if you don't want us to answer you with what we think your pig needs, then don't post. Just read, and nothing will be directed to you.