Guinea Pig Urine Scalds

Guinea Pig Urine Scalds

Guinea Pig Urine Scalds are where they have laid in there urine which has reached their skin and caused inflamed red skin to be visible. Prompt treatment should be started before a more serious condition develops.

There are many reasons for Guinea Pigs to suffer from Urine Scalds. This list is not exhaustive but shows the most common causes. They are :-

  • Post Operative Urine Scalds – This is due to animals that have under gone major surgery and are not as active as they should be. The urinate in the same spot which leaves there Hair and Skin in constant contact with Urine.
  • Bullied Guinea Pigs – This is due to a Guinea Pig being picked on by it’s cage mate and is to scared to come out of its sleeping compartment, and again is caused by urinating and defeating in the same spot and not moving around enough.
  • Incontinence – Guinea Pigs suffering from an underlying medical condition which is not able to control bladder movement. See list below for common causes of incontinence below.
  • Poor Cage Hygiene – Owners who are not cleaning the cage regularly enough, leaving there Guinea Pigs sitting in there own urine. Poor Cage Hygiene is also the common cause for Bacterial Infection which can be detrimental to their health. (URI, Fly Strike and other complications)
  • Spinal Injury – Guinea Pigs that have suffered from a spinal injury causing them not to move around also leaves them more prone to  Urine Scalds.
  • Old/Less Active Guinea Pigs – Guinea Pigs in their old age may also be prone to Urine Scalds as they are not as active as they used to be.

Painful Urine Scalds are Easily Treated!

Ill Guinea Pigs sometimes develop painful Urine Scalds. This may be caused by Incontinence caused by :

  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Bladder Stones
  • Cystitis
  • Reproductive Organ problems like Pyometra

While Urine Scalds are relatively easy to clear up, be sure to also check and treat the underlying Condition.

Treatment

A diaper rash type ointment (Long Used on Human Babies) clears up Urine Scalds Quickly.

  • Rinse the affected area with warm, clean water.
  • Flush with a diluted antiseptic solution
  • Dry
  • Apply a sparing amount of the ointment (Desitin, Balmax, Desinex)

Great Success has also been reported to using a Micronazole cream. It is effectively treats the scald and is very soothing and moisturizing. Preparation H also appears to be very effective.

WARNING

Please be aware Urine Scalds on their feet left untreated may lead to further conditions.

Most Common Condition From Untreated Urine Scalds On Feet – Bumblefoot (Pododermatitis) which if left untreated may lead to amputation