The site suggests ointment and a bandage...but I can't seem to keep the bandage on his foot, and he FREAKS out when I finally put him down in his cage to walk with it on.
It's still swollen, but the vet says she's doing great... I do 3 things for her...
1. She's on oral TMS 2x a day until it clears up.
2. I soak her foot as often as I can stand it in a chlorhexidine solution.
3. I don't do a pressure bandage, but I do use NEW SKIN Wound & Blister Dressing.
The dressing is great. After I soak her foot and let it dry while I hold her so it stays clean... I cut a patch of the dressing and cover the sore. It stays on pretty well, it lets the wound drain and it doesn't hurt her when I remove it.
I don't use any ointments. You can't with this dressing anyway.
How bad is it? You need to keep it as clean and dry as possible. If it's super bad and not clearing up, I would hope your vet would prescribe the TMS.
Anything that introduces infection could cause it... but the cleaner and drier the cage floor is, the better.
Magnolia's foot looks so much better that it did... she was like the poster child for bumblefoot... the worst that Teresa showed in her selection of pictures on Cavy Spirit. Other pigs had it bad too... I am grateful Mag's was just on one foot. Other piggies had it on more than one foot!
Lynx... I'll let ya'll know when Magnolia's foot is better... if it ever is. I swear I have noticed improvement in the last couple of months, but it is so slow. At least the infection isn't spreading and she isn't in pain. The vet said there is the chance it will never be back to normal again, but I'm not giving up on her!
If it weren't for the NEW SKIN stuff... I think I would have lost my mind trying to bandage her up. The adhesive from bandaging was hard on her healthy skin, I had to keep clipping the fur around her foot... what a pain. Once I got a bandage on as nicely as I could and she was afraid of it... maybe it pinched her hair? She was bolting back and forth trying to escape the bandage... Poor thing.
Let us know how it's going Laceyjess... Also, I love your avatar piggy. Could you post a picture we can see better... I want a closer look at that cool looking piggy!
All I can say is figure eight the gauze around the ankle at least once and attach the tape around the ankle half to fur and half to bandage. The hair pulls out when changed and then you have clean skin for the next bandage.