Develop your knowledge and understanding of pododermatitis in guinea pigs, commonly known as Bumblefoot. This is a one-part course that can also be taken as part of the Guinea pig skin conditions course bundle.
This module looks at pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and outcomes of pododermatitis in guinea pigs, including:
Cause – trauma to plantar surfaces of feet, commonly from wire or coarse woodchip bedding.
Signs – inflammation, infection often scab-covered, hemorrhagic, cutaneous ulcerated plantar surfaces of feet. May cause generalized swelling of the feet.
Diagnosis – history, environment observation, clinical picture, radiography.
Treatment – placement on soft, dry clean bedding and a solid cage surface. Affected feet: cleanse, trim toenails, debride ulcerated, topical antibacterial, protective covering. Systemic antibiotics and NSAIDs as these are usually infected and painful.
Prognosis – guarded: often difficult to heal completely if lesions are deep, osteomyelitis, and have been going on for a while before the owner noticed.
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This online module includes an e-Book with content from Vetstream's Vetlexicon Exotis (guinea pigs) followed by a quiz leading to a personalized certificate. Written by some of the world's leading veterinarians, ensuring accuracy and depth of content.
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This module is worth approximately 30 minutes of CPD.