During my research, I learned that abscesses in guinea pigs have to heal from the inside out. Forget trying to close up the wound, and disinfect it from the outside. Usually, the abscess has eaten rather deeply into the guinea pig's surrounding flesh, and like a puncture wound, the healing has to start from within.
Despite reading cautionary statements about not using particular products, I assembled a few things, and "went to work" on poor, frightened Amber Lynn.
My assemblage consisted of:
- A few different sized needle-less syringes, with straight and curved plastic tips
- Sterile saline solution
- Hydrogen peroxide, which some people caution against, but I used it
- Colloidal silver spray and liquid
- Vitamin C drops for guinea pigs
- Several small hand towels
- A few small sterile containers
I lifted her gently from her cage securely, wrapped a hand towel around her, and escorted her to the bathroom counter. I held her there, wrapped in the towel, and reassured her that I was trying to help her. She was not convinced, as you can see in the photos, from the frightened look in her eye.
Then, I filled a syringe that had a long, soft, curved tip full of hydrogen peroxide, and thoroughly flooded the deep cavity the abscess had left. Lots and lots of putrid cottage-cheesy looking debris bubbled up from the hole, and spilled over onto her fur. She was NOT happy with me, and let me know it by pathetically, frantically "tweeting". I felt awful, but I had to clean the infection out.
Next, with a different syringe, I flushed the infected cavity out with the sterile saline solution. Then, I washed the area outside with Betadine, and sprayed it thoroughly with the collodial silver spray. Finally, I poured some collodial silver liquid into the hole, dried her off, and held her and comforted her for a while.
Please do forgive the quality of the photos. Amber Lynn was scared, squirming, squawking, and squeaking!