Eye Socket Swelling


Post   » Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:20 pm

Yeah, I figured gently wiping it would be fine, which I have done. Her weight hasn't dropped any lower, so hopefully her pain isn't any worse.

And got the T-shirt

Post   » Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:18 pm

I don't know either whether you can safely flush an eye socket or not. With a regular cyst somewhere else in the body you can, because you're flushing into a mostly closed sac. But with the eye socket, there's that opening to the brain along the optic nerve. I sure wouldn't want to do it without instructions from the vet.

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Post   » Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:56 am

This reminded me of Erin's Pistachio, so I checked her thread to see if she ever flushed his eye. She did not but apparently Pistachio seeped pus for the rest of his life after his surgery. After trying several rounds of antibiotics, they just left it alone. I remember he had one cagemate who would clean him off. Pistachio lived a full, happy life despite his eye issues.



Post   » Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:26 am

Thank you so much for that link, that makes me feel a bit better! I will have to ask the vet about that option, then we may be able to have it so the eye socket is partially open instead of letting it heal over fully shut...


Post   » Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:22 pm

Ok, vet update.

Vet confirmed that it was not pus, it was some type of non-pussy discharge instead. A vet tech who had seen Chainsaw on both visits told me that last time the socket was definitely gross and pus filled, this time not. They cleaned the socket out again (it was indeed Betadine) and closed it back up. I still have a follow up scheduled for Wednesday.

Unfortunately, the vet there today was not one of the exotics specialists. She knows enough about guinea pigs I trusted her to be able to tell whether it was/was not pus and clean out the area, but I did not discuss much else with her. I will talk more with one of the exotics vets on Wednesday.

Looking at the thread on Pistachio, and the fact that the recent discharge was not nasty pus, it seems possible to me that that eye socket is periodically seeping discharge. Since the eye socket healed shut, it had no way of leaving the eye cavity and stayed there, getting gross and pussy and causing the swelling. If space can be left for the discharge to leave her body naturally, that may help the issue. She could also, potentially, have vet visits periodically to drain the space. I'll have to talk to the vet about her options.

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Post   » Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:10 pm

That is an interesting idea. I know an open wound can kind of weep. Your pictures did make it seem it was pus though.

No matter what, I hope she improves!


Post   » Sun Dec 24, 2017 1:26 am

Belated update, travel meant my internet was limited.

Chainsaw saw the vet again on Wednesday. It looks like her eyesocket is filling itself in/healing closed. It was recommended that we leave the hole in her skin open and let the area heal on its own. She was taken off Baytril, and I was given a wash to clean the area with daily, and some silver sulfa anti bacterial/anti fungal cream to put on it as well. The opening is definitely shallower than it used to be, and pus/discharge is less frequent. I made sure to get some more Metacam just in case, but she hasn't needed it. She no longer seems to be in pain, and as of today her weight has returned to normal.

Fingers crossed that once it heals up the eyesocket will pose no further issues, but I'm going to be monitoring her obsessively for a while, I think.

I will post pictures later if anybody would like to see them.

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Post   » Sun Dec 24, 2017 9:31 am

Pictures would be welcome. Also hoping it heals completely. I know you will continue to keep an eye on it.


Post   » Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:59 pm

Pics from today:
How it looked when I picked her up

After cleaning the area

With the cream

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Post   » Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:32 pm

I hope your little one heals completely. Thanks for the update.


Post   » Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:47 pm

Quick update:
Eye socket is still 'weeping' pus almost constantly, we are seeing the vet again on Friday. Over winter holidays I took Chainsaw to another vet I trust near where my parents live (holiday travel with guinea pigs is Fun), who gave roughly the same assessment. Chainsaw's weight has remained pretty stable in the 'good' zone during this time, other than a few days a bit light during travel (which all the pigs experienced, unfortunately).

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Post   » Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:13 pm

I know of a couple other members whose guinea pigs had difficulty healing. I hope the vet has some ideas.


Post   » Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:31 pm

Okay, vet update time:
They're going to try a different antibiotic (Chloramphenicol), specifically a slow acting gel version they put inside the socket itself. I believe she will take the same antibiotic orally for a short time as well. She has an appointment for this set up for Tuesday.

Based on her x-ray they still don't think it's tooth related, but they're going to do a more in-depth mouth examination on Tuesday as well.

Here's a photo of her x-ray for anyone interested (bit streaky due to being a photo of a screen).

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Post   » Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:09 pm

I so hope you have success.


Post   » Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:22 pm

Ok, new antibiotics in place, Chainsaw is eating and grumping at me as per usual, so looking good so far. Now to wait and see how the Chloramphenicol works. We have a recheck scheduled for 10 days from now.

Fingers crossed!

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