Strange growth coming out of Elsie´s foot

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GP Lover
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Post   » Sat Feb 23, 2002 10:22 am


Can anyone tell me what this is growing out the side of Elsie´s foot? It is very hard and looks almost like a nail but growing up in the opposite direction. It doesn´t seem to bother her but it looks awful and I would imagine it would hurt if it gets caught on something. I feel bad that I just noticed it last night!

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Jill

Post   » Sat Feb 23, 2002 11:06 am


Simone has something similar on her foot. I was told it is a spur, and that it can be clipped off. In fact, I did just that last night and other than not liking to be fussed with, I don´t think she felt a thing.

I´m not very cavy knowledgeable, so you may want to wait for another reply from some who is.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Feb 23, 2002 11:35 am


I think you got it right, IAMPM. Looks like a spur to me too. This is what Snowflake´s spur looks like (oops -- wrong one -- here it is):
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Evangeline

Post   » Sat Feb 23, 2002 12:06 pm


Yeah, a spur. 5 of my 8 pigs have them.

GP Lover
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Post   » Sat Feb 23, 2002 12:20 pm


So, is it okay to clip it off? It´s rather long.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Feb 23, 2002 12:23 pm


Pinta says so (I´ve never done it -- I´m a wimp). Just don´t cilp too close to the foot. You could work your way closer until you are satisfied.
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Evangeline

Post   » Sat Feb 23, 2002 12:25 pm


I clip it off when I do the nails. It´s just dead skin.

It´s actually dangerous to leave it on. It can get cought in something and tear, leaving the foot susceptible to infection and even bumblefoot.

GP Lover
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Post   » Sat Feb 23, 2002 12:27 pm


Thanks Evangeline. I am going to go cut if off right now.

Jac

Post   » Sat Feb 23, 2002 1:28 pm


Hi,
I think it is a spur, my three (brothers) have them also. The vet told me to trim them, and put "H-Cream" on (for piles in humans). It seems to help, but they are still coming back. I just keep trimming them back when I trim the nails, it doesn´t bother them, so I´ve not taken further action. I wonder if it´s genetic? None of my other pigs have had it, and none of my friends pigs either. Anyone have any ideas on this?
Jac

pigpal

Post   » Sat Feb 23, 2002 1:52 pm


I think they are just a form of callous, a build up of dead skin. Perhaps more active cavies, on a natural surface of dirt and rocks rather than soft bedding don´t get them as often as caged cavies?

I don´t know, it´s just a thought.

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Sonia

Post   » Sat Feb 23, 2002 8:16 pm


Both Piggy and Tizzy, my two abby girls, have them. I´ve been trimming them for ages with no ill effect. As stated by Pigpal, it´s just like dead skin. Be careful you don´t clip the foot, while you´re at it, though !!!

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Sonia

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