Julius the Famous Bumblefoot Pig
And how to treat bumblefoot in guinea pigs at home.
Julius arrived after being rescued by a family after being given away for free on Craigslist. The family that took him in had no idea that he was a very sick guinea pig until they got home and were able to have a closer look at him. They agreed to surrender him to us so we could treat his foot.
Since Bumblefoot is a fairly common ailment with different conflicting treatment options we wanted to share how we treated Julius successfully in the hopes to help other piggies suffering from the same.
Bumble foot occurs usually in older guinea pigs living in too small cages. Small cages are bad for a number of reasons but when it comes to Bumblefoot they contribute by not providing space enough to go for a stroll and blood flow to the area becomes restricted. Soiled bedding stacks up in the small space and the bacteria in the poo combined with acidic content in urine find a weak spot into the paw. The other main contributor is the bedding. I have seen guinea pigs that lived on just newspaper develop bumble foot. Wire cages are the worst and is pretty much a guarantee that the guinea pig will become unhealthy.
Please help us care for the piggies that find their way to us!
Manuka Honey, Antibiotics, Daily Soaks and Bandage Changes
- Oral antibiotics 2 daily for or three weeks depending on how fast the healing is going. We recommend Enrofloxacin (Baytril) or Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole)
- Pain medication. vetwrap
- Soak in Epsom Salt 2x daily for the 1st week, 1 x daily for the 2nd and every other day or the 3rd week if still needed.
- Disinfect after soak with Betadine or Iodine
- The wonder "drug" Manuka honey. We used a small gauze piece with they honey to cover the wound and then a non stick pad around the rest of the paw.
- Then wrap the paw with a little more gauze. and use some vet wrap to keep it in place (careful not to wrap too tight, in fact around the actual paw the bandaging should not be tight or restricting and there should be plenty of space .
- Change bandage every after soak.
- Vitamin C 1 x daily. Liquid vitamin c without added sugar. "A Childs Life" is a good one to get. Give .05 in an syringe by mouth. No vitamin C in the water bottle because it disintegrates and may make the water taste funny.