Q. An abscess has burst on his back and I don’t have a way to a vet right now.

Tue, Sep 19, 2023

I noticed an abscess on his back and it popped. He hasn’t been acting unusual and is eating and drinking like normal.
What are causes & treatment?

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I'm sorry to hear about your guinea pig's abscess.

An abscess is a localized infection that can occur in any part of the body. It is often caused by bacteria entering the skin through a wound or a bite. In your guinea pig's case, the abscess on his back may have developed due to an injury or an underlying skin condition.

When an abscess bursts, it can release pus and fluid. It's important to keep the area clean to prevent further infection. Start by gently cleaning the area around the abscess with a mild antiseptic solution or warm saline solution. You can use a clean cloth or cotton ball soaked in the solution to gently wipe away any discharge.

And if your pet tries to lick or chew at the abscess, you may need to use an Elizabethan collar (cone) to prevent them from irritating the wound further.

After cleaning the area, monitor your guinea pig closely for any signs of pain, discomfort, or worsening of the abscess. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is crucial to seek veterinary care as soon as possible. Additionally, if the abscess continues to discharge pus or if it appears to be getting larger, it is also a sign that veterinary attention is needed.

There's not much you can do at home for him, and it's not going to be very effective. Unfortunately, veterinary care is the best option.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.