I'm just asking for advice about antibiotics treatments. I've seen the overview on the webpage, but I'd like to hear if anyone has any personal experience with cases like mine.
My piggy boy, Mr. Pancakes (3 years) had some teeth issues earlier this year - they'd grown too long. We had xrays, teeth were fixed, so far, so good.
Shortly after, he developed a boil under his chin. Mind you, not tooth related, since the xrays showed it wasn't a tooth root that had grown downwards (or however it's called).
He had surgery to cut open the boil and clean out the puss, and we cleaned it for a couple of weeks after that daily, plus treated with Baytril. This was in June.
This weekend, he got a boil again. Same spot.
My vet was considering a different antibiotics, but she's unsure if it will help. Do any of you have experience? She mentioned one - I forgot the name, sadly, but she said it has been used with good effects on bunnies, but she couldn't find any documentation of it being used on piggies, and therefore is hesitant to try it.
Has anyone tried similar? What antibiotics did you use?
Thanks in advance!
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If not, antibiotics are unlikely to help the situation. Guinea pig pus is very thick and cheesy, and unless it's flushed out, the antibiotics probably won't clear the infection by themselves.
Unless you can remember the name of the antibiotic she suggested, there's no way for us to know if anyone has any experience with it. And given the difficulties that GPs have with antibiotics in general, I'd be reluctant to try one that hasn't been used on them before.
Last time she gave me some salve made for eyes that I had to squeeze into the wound once a day. No flushing.
I'm going to pick him up from there in a half hour, and then I'll try to get the name of those antibiotics. We agreed not to try it, but I would like to know if others have experience with it, if so I'd pass that on to her.
I'll ask if we can try flushing it instead. I saw some other posts about the topic here where some vets were using shunts. I don't think this is a method any vets in Denmark (where I am) use, but I'll ask her about it.
She said it was a "soft" abscess, which is supposedly less dangerous/bad than a "hard" one? (though, to me it felt like a hard ball both times, but eh, I'm not a vet)
I've never heard of Danish vets doing cultures on bacteria, I don't think it's part of their routine, sadly.
But hopefully, all is now well.
To be honest, a bad tooth would explain why his teeth had gotten too long (possibly it has been painful for him to eat the tougher foods like hay and grass) and explains the boil as well that came almost at the same time as the overgrown teeth.
For now, we're only giving pain killers and antibiotics (baytril).
Tomorrow we have a check-up again where the vet will decide if I need to flush the boil. They cleaned it out yesterday, and the cause has hopefully gone, so she's not sure that more pus will come, but that's what we're figuring out tomorrow.
This particular pig is very much a food lover, he was eating as soon as he got home yesterday, despite still being hazy from having been under and having a tooth removed. That's why no one suspected a bad tooth - he eats like a champ always, and he's on the heavy side, despite my attempts at getting him to eat less.
Anywho, perhaps my story here will help others - double check those teeth!