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URINE SCALD

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Painful Urine Scald is Easily Treated

Ill guinea pigs sometimes develop painful urine scald.

This may be due to incontinence caused by:
    Urinary tract infections
    Bladder stones
    Interstitial cystitis
    Reproductive organ problems like pyometra

Urine scald can also be the result of injury or aging-related problems resulting in decreased mobility.

While urine scald is relatively easy to clear up, be sure to also treat the underlying condition. Click on the cropped picture above for larger view of Athena's guinea pig. See also: One day post treatment

5 days post treatment
Photo at right =>

    Read UTI Prevention Tips.

TREATMENT

A diaper rash type ointment (long used on human babies) clears up urine scald quickly.
    Rinse the affected area with warm, clean water.
    Flush with a dilute antiseptic solution (see SUPPLIES).
    Dry.
    Apply Desitin, Balmex, Desinex, or a similar ointment. Cautions on product label warn it should not be swallowed. Apply sparingly.

Great success is also reported using miconazole cream. It effectively treats the scald and is very soothing and moisturizing. Another poster found Preparation H to be extremely effective.

See also a second case of severe urine scald on Becky's guinea pig:
    Photograph
    Close-up

Thanks to Athena for the photographs of her sow and its quick recovery.
Thanks to Becky for her two photos of a severe case of urine scald.

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