Bumblefoot In Guinea Pigs
Bumblefoot, technically called pod dermatitis, is characterized by foot pads that are inflamed or overgrown. Sores may also develop. At first glance, it may appear that the guinea pig’s foot pads developed calluses or small tumors. Without treatment, the infection can become severe and complicated and amputation of the infected leg may be the only viable option. Other symptoms of bumblefoot that pet owners should watch out for include reluctance or inability to move or walk normally, hair loss on the affected foot, pain and discomfort can cause the guinea pig to lose their appetite, and swelling of the joint or tendon. The most frequent cause of bumblefoot in guinea pigs is the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, which enters the feet of the animal through tiny scrapes or injuries in the foot. Some important predisposing factors include obesity, wire floor caging, excessive pressure on the guinea pig’s feet, lack of vitamin C, humid environments, and poor hygiene and sanitation.
Your veterinarian Fox Lake, IL may choose to take blood samples for bacterial culture to make sure that it is caused by Staphylococcus aureus so the appropriate antibiotic can be given.