Guinea Pigs/Skin Problem


Jo-Anne wrote at 2015-11-18 10:07:24

Just had the grease gland problem with my little piggy.  Coconut oil and I am not kidding! No I don't sell it or own any coconut oil companies.  It really works for messy jobs.  It is also antiseptic so may help to prevent infection.  Seems to break down animal messes that are dry and difficult to remove from fur (and grease glands).  

Noticed problem night before last - Earlier in day, applied coconut oil (to soften).  

Later on dipped his rear in warm water washed with vet oatmeal shampoo and rinsed.  Then with alcohol washed tweezers tried to pull a little out to see if it would work.  It was soft enough I was then able to squeeze everything out.  I also cut the fur around the gg to keep clean.  Did not re-wash as I was afraid I might actually cause an infection. Made sure he was clean, applied more coconut oil.

Day 2 I did not do anything but I should have just applied more coconut oil.

Day 3 after I checked again (this was tonight).  Should have applied more oil to him though day 2.  He was too dry but I was able to squeeze more out tonight.  I did not want to squeeze it out two days in a row because afraid of injuring him.  Also, thought he could be sensitive from day one.

So now he is looking much better.  This time applied mixed coconut oil and a small amount of polysporin CREAM not ointment.  Will check him tomorrow again. Obvious relief for him.  Did not move allowed me to do all of this without complaining.

I really don't sell coconut oil although it sounds like it.  It really works.  Love it for my cats too.  Very good for skin issues as well.

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Raised and shown cavies for many years, having aquired my first cavies in the early 1970's as pets. My caviary currently handles 65 + animals in two different breeds and several varieties. Having been in the health care industry as a licensed nurse for 35 years I have hands on experience with care and needs in both humans and cavies. Member of American Rabbit Breeders Association and American Cavy Breeders Association.

Awarded Lifetime Membership in of one of the oldest cavy clubs in the United States, on whose Board I served as Sec/Treas for six years and currently serving as President. Also editor/publisher of the club's quarterly newsletter. We are strong supporters of our youth exhibitors, most of whom are 4H members who are working on cavy projects. Through these projects they become good responsible citizens. We deal with all aspects of showing, breeding, caring for and sharing experiences in the fancy. The cavy fancy is not a new one but in some areas is still relatively unknown. Our goal is to inspire interest in high quality, responsible breeding to improve the species, not just the reproduction of guinea pigs. Our job is to educate owners to help them make the right decisions and choices in the care of their cavies.

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