- Supporter in '16
I'd probably do it again anyway. These guys are too cute to resent. But seriously: yuck. I thought I had maxed out my pet-owner-grossness points when my dog ate a canister of bleach wipes and they had to be pulled (gently!) out of her booty the same way they would have been distributed out of the can!
Besides, better to know about it now than to show up at the vet with a "worm" right. :-P
A video would be great to establish the easiest way to extrude the penis though.
- Supporter in '16
Oh man, this is all over the Boars Behaving Badly thread too. If you really want to be grossed out, you can spend a few hours reading all 20 or so pages. :P
AldenM1, I know, I was not aware of all of this when I first started looking at adopting a boar (I'm a total sucker for sad shelter cavy stories and he looked like he was knocking on death's door in his petfinder picture), but I quickly learned and was horrified. Once we got used to it, checking for and clearing out impactions and all that happy stuff just got routine and it doesn't really bother us so much anymore, although we still can't get used to the smell of the impaction when it comes out.
With boars you get the risk of impactions, really bad adolescent and pubescent attitudes towards cavies in many cases, boar stank, humping, boar glue and penis cleanings. With sows you get heat cycles (usually involving aggression, dominance or humping of cage mates), the risk of ovarian cysts and uterine infections. They both come with their own lack of pleasantries unless you're lucky.
And what do you do when the angry nips start coming and you havent put your pig in the right way again?!
At least I've worked out how to make the penis fully visible, that's comlex until you get it the first time. Havent had to clean it, Chiral takes care of that himself (frequently, and out in the open). He has no shame. No bloar glue on any fur though :)