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My guinea pig has an abcsess under her chin. we took her to

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my guinea pig has an abcsess under her chin. we took her to the vet yesterday and she have her a course of antibiotics and we go back in one week. she trid to lance it but not much came out as it is thick. I have tried to lance it also but as it is so thick I can't seem to get anything but blood out. My question is how can I thin the pus down so I can draw it out of my guinea pig?
Hi there,

Thank you for your question regarding your young guinea pig Fluffy who has an abscess under her chin. Good on you for taking her along to your local vet to get this looked at. Unfortunately guinea pig abscesses aren't as simple to treat as those in dogs and cats. One of the main issues for this is the fact that the pus is indeed so thick as you are finding here. This thickness occurs because guniea pigs (and rabbits for that matter) are missing an enzyme that is present in other animals, that helps to break the dead cels in the pus down (which makes it more liquid). Add on to this the fact the guinea pig abscess tend to form tracts, and it makes them even harder to treat.

You are best to keep on gently massaging the abscess to try and encourage as much of the thick pus out of the lanced hole. Warm water may help to loosen up some of the pus, and when you go back to your vet in a week's time, flushing the lanced hole may help. In many instances with these abscesses however, the best chance of cure is via complete surgical removal of the abscess. This would require an anaesthetic for Fluffy, but it may be the best course of action if there isn't much improvement by the time you return to your vet.

The other very important thing in the meantime, is to continue to ensure Fluffy gets a balanced and complete diet, and to clean her cage out daily. This will help to ensure her immune system is kept to it's full capacity while she attempts to fight off this skin infection. There isn't a lot else you can do during the next week. Do be gentle when you are attempted to massage the abscess, and if the area becomes any larger, or the lanced hole closes up, be sure to see your vet sooner than the scheduled revisit time.

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Dr E

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