My first boar Simon taught me all about all this stuff. Since then I have had a couple of boars that would get very large collections of smegma if not cleaned often enough. The first time I discovered that, I found a penis looking four times it's size with all the gunk that was on it. After that I knew frequent checkup were a must.
- For Rocky
I actually put in in further. If you're careful and gentle it shouldn't hurt the pig too much. The sac is a much larger area than the anus, so I think it would be hard to get the q-tip (swab or cotton bud) into the actual internal parts of the pig.So do you just only go as far in with the q tip as the sac opens? Like do not bury the q-tip at all?
I think it's sort of to each side of the of the testicles, but to the inside. Between them. I'm not really putting pressure on the testicles. More just pulling apart the skin near them.Also, so when you put your thumb and finger on either side of the butt opening, do you mean on his testicles, since that is right by the sac? Or to each side OF the testicles?
If I have time tomorrow and we have enough light I'll try to convince my husband to help me video cleaning one of our guys. None of mine suffer from impaction at this time, so it would be just a regular maintenance cleaning. They're due for that anyway.
- Supporter in '16
What's interesting is that he was making these little "uh! uh!" noises -- not really squeaks, more like grunts -- that seemed to be really upsetting Snickers. Snickers ran back and forth and back and forth in the cage until I put Charlie back. Maybe penis-cleaning needs to go on in a different room?
ETA: I would still LOVE a video. I think Charlie's butt looked pretty good today -- but I'm still really not sure how far I'm supposed to be looking up it. This talk of "inversion" and such freaks me out.
- For Rocky
First is Apollo getting his sac cleaned with the hold I usually use (wrapped in a towel, his head tucked into my elbow and his butt in my hand):
Next is Hermes demonstrating the turn the piggy over and rest his back against your stomach hold. Sorry my hands are in the way. It wasn't the best angle to film this from (I'm not used to cleaning sacs for an audience).
Hermes and Apollo are both about 5 years old. Like I mentioned before, they've never been impacted. This was just the usual monthly maintenance cleaning. The material that comes out is mostly just bits of hair or hay with some smegma (or something) mixed in.
First I have the say....you are SO cute! "Hello.....time to clean your butt." hee hee I laughed so hard at your matter of fact voice while saying it, too.
Great videos. It helped a ton!!! So you said you soaked the q tips in mineral oil, right? I want to make sure I heard it right.
I am going to clean Cosmo tonight when the kid's are in bed. Otherwise they will be asking what I am hurting Cosmo for and freaking out.
Now we need someone to post a penis cleaning video, then we are SET! :)
- For Rocky
You'll have to find someone else to film the penis cleaning videos. This was all I could convince my husband to help film.
ETA: Butt cleaning is very matter-of-fact! "I know you don't like this, but too bad. It's time to clean your butt."
It REALLY stunk though. Oh my!!! No impaction or any poop. There was a bit of hair though and some of that smegma or something yellowy/cream colored. So, he's nice and clean down there.
Once again, I couldn't get his penis out. I think it will have to wait until he's older? I dunno.
Thanks again for the video, Brimstone. I made me confident enough to do it. Hopefully, next time he won't fight so hard. I feel so badly.
- Supporter in '16
Sunshine_Kenya, I can't get Snickers's penis to come out very far either. All I can tell you is it was SO easy with Charlie, and he was SO dirty, that I'm just assuming Snickers is fine up in there. :)
Excellent videos! Especially the important part at the end of the first video :-)
I imagine it is important that room temperature is low or medium - not overly hot as it could be in the summer - so the guinea pig does not get overheated being wrapped.
and he farted in my face. That was wonderful.
Also, the boars I fostered sometimes get their hair caught in their prepuce? (Probably from walking on their hair, or from humping?) so just keep an eye out for that and gently remove if you see it.