I'm taking her to the vet now, luck of the draw whether I get someone knowledgeable or not.
As I understand it, the options are surgery to remove it, or putting a stint in it and flushing the pus out daily somehow?
Has anyone ever had a pig with an abscess on the leg like this before? Does it complicate things that it's where it is?
She is on baytril, and I have been told to squeeze the pus out of the abscess daily if it regathers. I wasn't given a syringe or told to use saline, though I may well be able to obtain saline. Do you mean the syringe would be used to squirt the saline into the wound hole?
It seems wrong to me that she's got an open wound with no anti-septic on it at the moment. I take it is either wrong or not helpful to put human anti-septic ointment on it?
- Cavies 'n Cobwebs
If you need to get the curved syringes you can buy them online from here or here. Jaycey also found them at her local Hobbycraft shop.
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Make sure to have a few practice runs with it first before using it on Smee as the solution comes out very quickly.
I found syringing alot better than squeezing. I squeezed my Listers abscess a few times and nothing came out. A quick flush with the syringe and out came the pus.
Good Luck !!
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I am currently doing Jessie's which is on her jaw, she actually seems to like the taste of the pus NOT that we have let her lick it but she always seems to want too.
I am in Oz and I got my curved syringe On-Line from the USA. Good luck!
So, I got some 'saline solution' from Asda, which I hope is fine, and I have ordered a curved tipped syringe. I might go and try and get one from homecraft at the weekend though. I don't have a car so that's trickier for me.
I had a go at squeezing some pus out today and really nothing came out but blood even when I squeezed pretty hard :/ It looks a little swollen like there might be some stuff in there. Doesn't smell bad though.
I also managed to get the tip of an ordinary syringe into the wound and squirt the solution inside to give it a slight flushing. Not much really came out that way either.
She was remarkably calm about all of this, not squealing like I thought she would. She doesn't even take baytril by syringe without making a fuss and struggling so I'm surprised.
- Cavies 'n Cobwebs
If there's nothing coming out with GENTLE squeezing I'd leave that and just do flushings from now on to let it heal from the inside. The curved syringe seems to work better at getting right in there so should help keep it clean and pus free.
So I didn't really squeeze it much today, it didn't seem any bigger as a swelling than yesterday. The curve tipped syringe arrived unexpectedly early today (yay!) and I used that (er... rather falteringly and with much accidental force) to poke inside the wound and squirt the stuff in there. Still not really pus coming out.
I feel kind of bad about breaking the bloody scab that forms on it- it seems like I'm aggravating the poor pig's wound even though I get that the flushing is necessary.
She is still remarkably quiet about the process, considering. I think I'd squeak if someone stuck a syringe into a wound I had and squirted salt water in there! [/i]
Any tips on the flushing? Should the pus come out with flushing even given how solid it is? The water goes in fine and comes out mildly pus and blood tinted. None of the solid matter came out though. I don't want to poke in too deep with the curved syringe and end up hurting the inside- already paranoid I am!
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I didn't flush Smee's abscess yesterday because the wound seems to be scabbing over and what I did before to remove the hard crust wasn't working to remove it. Today I notice that it seems flatter than it did before, and it's not soft any more. It doesn't feel like there's any soft pus in there, and it's far less of a 'sac'.
I'm cautiously optimistic that this is a sign she's healing. She has to go back to the vet tomorrow anyhow so we'll how she is then.
She was given more antibiotics. He said there was the potential that it might not properly close up and heal still and that she might need it removed.
As nasty as some of these piggy medical issues can be, some of them recover quite wonderfully. I hope Smee has a speedy and comfortable recovery!