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Our chincilla has developped ( over two days ) a lesion on

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Our chincilla has developped ( over two days ) a lesion on its neck about an inch long which appears to have a lump underneath it. We will take to vet on thursday morning - local vet closed. He appears lively and is eating- can we do anything to help in the interim to thursday ?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  knstrand replied 3 years ago.

knstrand :

Hello, my name is Dr. Strand. I can try to help answer your question about Apollo

knstrand :

This lump could either be an abscess (infection under the skin, from a small scratch or wound that may have healed over)

knstrand :

Is the lump soft or firm?

knstrand :

Or it could also be some sort of a growth at his age

knstrand :

It's good that he is still eating/drinking and otherwise behaving normally.

JACUSTOMER-2r6xolmq- :

THe lump is quite firm and crusty , he lives with his sibling who has no wounds

knstrand :

In the meantime, if he will allow it. You can do warm compresses on the area with a warm moist wash cloth (~10 min twice a day)

knstrand :

Sometimes they simply play to rough, and even a small scratch or nick in the skin can introduce infection. Sometimes the outer wound heals before we even see the abscess develop

JACUSTOMER-2r6xolmq- :

ok the wound is about the size of a 2 p piece and is much bigger than the wounds previously had when fighting

JACUSTOMER-2r6xolmq- :

the lump is on his neck - usully the fight wounds ( not that many ) are around his ears

knstrand :

If they have fought and created wounds on each other in the past, this is likely the case again. He probably just got bitten in a different area. And the abscesses will swell much larger than the wound itself.

knstrand :

Warm compresses may help it come to a head, and rupture before thursday.

knstrand :

But he should still be seen by your regular vet to assess whether the sight needs to be drained, and to start some antibiotic therapy orally

knstrand :

Hopefully this helps

knstrand :

Do you have any other questions?

knstrand :

You still there?

knstrand :

If there is a visible open wound, you can also gently clean this area with hydrogen peroxide

JACUSTOMER-2r6xolmq- :

Thank you - we will try all the above, that's very helpful

knstrand :

You are welcome.

knstrand :

Have a happy new year!