enter image description hereHeidi's toenail (Zoom in if you need to)I woke up to trim my guinea pigs', Heidi(female), toenails, and noticed that her skin was getting really big and swelled up around it. I tried trimming it, and it really hurt her. I don't know if I should trim it, or go see a vet. If this is a bad thing, I will most definititly see a vet without risk of hurting my piggie, but I need to know if I could just buy medicine, or trim it and give Heidi some sort of attention or care.

P.S. For all of you guiinea pig lovers out their(I am one myselfC:)Don't worry if you think Heidi is lonely! She has a sister, Hazel, and they live together in a spacioius and happy cage. No need to worry!

  • Its not really clear from the picture, the headline and the actual question text: is it the nail itself that is thicker than usual or the tissue surrounding the nail that is swollen?
    – Elmy
    Dec 7, 2018 at 7:49
  • The nail is really thick, and the skin is starting to stretch around it a little bit, I'm not a vet so I don't really know but that's my best guess. I have another picture that I will change it to.
    – user13706
    Dec 7, 2018 at 13:40

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You should go to the vet, that looks like swelling from an infection.

  • Okay, thank you! Would you happen to know what the possible infection could be?
    – user13706
    Dec 7, 2018 at 13:58
  • @SheridanGapp it is really hard to tell by a photo. Anything that could cause a broken toe to also lead to an infection. See this and this Dec 7, 2018 at 14:18
  • I do not have a wire bottom cage it is just smooth and I have bedding, but I do have a wood platform that my piggies love to climb on. They also climb that wooden ladder in the picture. She may have sracpen it.
    – user13706
    Dec 7, 2018 at 16:37

Same thing happened to my guinea pig once. He bumped his foot on the wooden bridge and got a swollen toe. The vet gave him antibiotics and after some time the swollen disappeared. Later we changed the bridge to a lower one and it never happened again.


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