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Either way, at a minimum, the pig needs antibiotics and the lesion needs to be flushed with sterile saline twice a day to get the pus out and let it heal from the inside out. Guinea pig pus is very thick and cheesy, and it's almost impossible for antibiotics to penetrate it. So you have to get rid of the pus, but the antibiotic is needed to clear up any remaining infection.
So if it seals over, soak the scab with a warm wet compress until you can pick it off, and keep flushing. As it heals, it will get shallower and shallower, until it finally heals at the top.
However, if it recurs in the same place, the pig may need surgery to determine if there is a capsule that keeps refilling. If that's the case, then the capsule needs to be removed to prevent that from happening again. However, as surgeries go, it's not too bad, and the pig generally recovers well.
Broomfield Vet Hospital has two vets with exotic experience, according to their website. So does The Animal Doctor. It's definitely a good move to see an exotic vet -- most small animal vets have no experience with or knowledge of exotic pets.
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There's also no guarantee that the abscess won't recur. But I'm not convinced this is an abscess. Lumps under the neck are usually cervical lymphadenitis. A good exotic vet could tell you.
You might investigate Care Credit with your vet. Or if you can't afford his medical care, maybe you can find a rescue to surrender him to. I know money can be tight, but pigs depend on you for everything, and medical care is just as important as food and housing.
FYI, it will make your posts easier to read and you'll get more responses if you break them up in paragraphs with double spaces.
- Catie Cavy
- Supporter 2011-2019
I had a pig with an abscess under the chin that had two surgeries (there were complications) to remove/drain it. After the complications were taken care of, she recovered quite well and is still living comfortably 2 years later. Total cost was around $500, but if you don't count what I paid because of complications it would have been a bit less than $300. This was in Utah, though- I live in Colorado as well and surgeries/appointments have been a little more expensive here. I would expect the base cost of noninvasive surgery to be around $300-$400. It will be more expensive if more diagnostics are necessary, or complications develop that require a second surgery or additional medications, etc.
Bpatters is right, though- a pus-filled wound on a guinea pig will not go away with only antibiotics. In order for the antibiotics to work, the pus has to be removed or else it will just sit there re-infecting the wound.
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If you are not currently doing so, I would also weigh daily so you have an extra method of evaluating how well he is doing.
If you have clear, crisp pictures, I can add them to your thread:
Some swelling post-surgery is normal, but a LOT is not. Here's what that looked like, this photo was taken a little less than 24 hours after the last one:
She needed a surgical (Penrose) drain put in to keep the wound from closing up, and flushed several times a day with saline solution. And then other stuff happened too, but hopefully that won't be relevant to your pig's case. :') Every pig and every surgery is different of course, but given the similarity of the locations and concerns I thought you might find it helpful to compare your pig's swelling with mine.