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Injury Strange cut/ hole in back (picture included)

cmeyers13

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Hello all, I am looking for some advice/ direction.

I was away all weekend and my boyfriend was watching over my boys. He did a wonderful job, but of course did not have them out as much as I normal do.

Today I had Russ out on my lap, and I felt something strange on his hip, after I finally got his hair out of the way I found this:
Strange cut/ hole in back (picture included)
I do not recall there being a bump or anything there before, but it kind of seems like something that popped!? It also looks green, which I know means infection.

I have tons of first aid knowledge when it comes to horses, but I am not sure how to treat this. So far I have cleaned it of with antibacterial soap, and then dabbed it with some quick stop. I was going to put ointment on it but I was worried that if he ate it, he would get sick.

Should I go to the vet? or is something I can take care of from home?

I have no idea how he got this, I highly doubt Kevin did it, I'm not sure how he could ever get him there.
 
I'd make a vet appointment. It could be a cyst or growth that needs to be removed. It doesn't look like an abscess to me. Abscesses are usually larger, although it could be a new injury that's just showing signs of infection.
 
It is like a little indent, like a growth was there before. I didn't think it was an abscess, I have seen lots of those on horses before, YUCK!

Ill call first thing in the morning and make an appointment.

What should do in the mean time. Is antibiotic ointment GP safe?
 
I'd be tempted to watch it a day or so and see what happens. Check it two or three times a day, and if it looks like it's getting worse, then take them to the vet. You don't want it to form an abscess, as those can be difficult to treat.

Pigs can have skin tags just like humans do, and if that's what it is, he could have snagged it with a tooth while he was grooming himself. Is there any pus in it? Does it seem painful to him?
 
I'd be tempted to watch it a day or so and see what happens. Check it two or three times a day, and if it looks like it's getting worse, then take them to the vet. You don't want it to form an abscess, as those can be difficult to treat.

Pigs can have skin tags just like humans do, and if that's what it is, he could have snagged it with a tooth while he was grooming himself. Is there any pus in it? Does it seem painful to him?


No pus that I have seen. If it's painful hes not letting on. Not one Wheek while I was cleaning it or looking at it. He had not problem with me messing with it.

My only concern is that if I wait longer and it gets worse Ill have to make an appointment and then wait even longer.
 
Also, what can I use to clean/treat it?
 
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You really don't need to put anything on it. Just keep it clean and dry. It looks like a sebaceous cyst, to me.
 
If it is a cyst, your vet can easily remove them. Over the years,I've had five cysts removed on three guinea pigs with no surgery. My vet was pretty much was able to squeeze them and clean them out since the cysts were nearly solid. I applied the ointment she gave me and none of them returned. I don't think I'd be comfortable trying to remove them myself. Two females had them on their bodies and one of my males had one on the tip of his nose. She thought his might come back but it never did. I think some cysts need to be removed surgically due to their size but the ones my guinea pigs had were smaller than a dime. Cysts can be painful sometimes and guinea pigs can scratch them, causing them to bleed or get more infected so I prefer to have them removed if I spot them.
 
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