I have read that mouth sores can be caused by apples, so I stopped the supply of apples. This hasn´t really helped. In a book I have read it also mentions that gentian violet can help I have been to numerous chemist and it is no longer permissable to make up these solutions. So I have turned to antiseptic cream (that was the another suggestion from the book). I have been using tea tree cream which says on the tub that it is suitable for guinea pigs. Does anyone know if tea tree cream is ok?
This morning the scabs wiped of very easily (previously I hadn´t been able to move them), so it may be that the cream is working?
If anyone has any suggestions I would be grateful.
When my Ruby had mouth sores when she was younger, I didn´t do anything. She had them twice. They cleared up on their own, and she hasn´t had them since.
He often nibbles at his cage bar and run wire. I thought this might be slowing down the process of healing but he has sort of grown out of the habit and doesn´t do it much anymore.
It is quite hard to see if there is much damage or blood even as he has a dark brown coat and is a coronet type so has plenty of facial hair.
- Little Jo Wheek
- Little Jo Wheek
(Pic is from the Self-Assessment Color Review of Small Mammals, by Susan A. Brown and Karen L. Rosenthal, both competent and respected cavy and exotics vets).
- Little Jo Wheek
It is not fungal, but an awful bacterial infection. I tried topical chlorhexidine and betadine as well, but the ointment seems to work the best. Systemic (oral/injectable) antibiotics don´t seem to help. I´ve tried several. In addition, I do supplement with extra vitamin C (50 mg) daily. The quality of the hay may or may not have something to do with predisposing the pig to the disease (introducing the scratches where the staph enters the body). I have a hunch immune function is impaired in these pigs. Quality hay is a must for fiber and chewing exercise.
I apply twice daily to the lesions when they are bad and maintain once daily when they are gone. The problem is that the mouth looks completely normal after awhile, but the condition reoccurs/worsens whenever I´ve stopped treatment. I try not to get the ointment in her mouth, but I´m sure a bit is licked. The ingredients aren´t the best for cavies, but I´ve not had a problem thus far and it is the least benign medication that has worked. I would certainly keep an eye on the pig to make sure it is eating/drinking/pooping well. Topical Baytril also works, but it has to be applied more often and stings (I tried it once myself on a scratch). The ointment is moisturizing and a protectant.
This is another case where penicillins might be the best drugs for the job. Unfortunately, they are toxic to cavies and will kill them!
I now have medication to clear the problem. I was given antibiotics (baytril), a pro-biotic to include in his water to help his tummy because of the antibiotic (cannot remember the name). Then vitamin C tables to help his immune sytem and finally an antiseptic wash to bathe the area. I have to take him for a check up next week to see if there is any improvement.
She has heard that many probiotics don´t really make it past the stomach and into the intestines. Fresh poops from a healthy pig reported have a coating enabling that bacteria to make it back into the intestinal tract.
Sprinkling a very tiny amount on a wet leaf just before feeding, a couple hours after giving medication, should work much better than putting anything in the water.
What I have been doing is dipping grass and vegetables in the water so there is a good covering of medicated water on the leaf and hand feeding him with these. His appitite is still as strong as ever, so he greedily munches down the medicine. The main antiobiotic is fed by syringe into the mouth so that is always measured.
I have an extra bowl of ordinary water so he still drinks enough.