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Q: Need Help with topazs hair!!!!

June 28, 2009 | By Tess | 4 answers | Expired: 1963 days ago

Tess

my texel guinea pig, topaz, has a HUGE knot on his hindquarters, with 3 large balls of knoty hair. how do i get that out??? i am not sure if i want to cut it i am afraid i will cut his skin. should i call a the vet? please help!

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cassie w.
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Jul 01, 2009

i have a silikie guinea pig. silkies have very long hair and what i have learned is that i comb from the bottom of the knot to the top and try to get out as much hair possible. then i take very small sissors and cut of as least hair a s possible.
what i do to prevent knots is to use a special shampoo that has conditioner in it. u dont have to bath ur guinea pig but it is a good idea to do so once every 3 or so months. then i blow dry her on a low setting. idk if u can hair wrap texels but u should look up how to hair wrap guinea pigs because it is a very easy way to prevent knots!
u could also try to bath ur piggy first to see if the conditioner can work out the knot itself. good luck :)

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erica m.
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Jun 29, 2009

you should take a fine tooth comb and comb between the knot and his skin and lay the comb on his skin so it wont allow you to cut that close. then you just cut the knot leaning your scissors on the comb as a guide. it will stop you from cutting your baby. you should ask someone to hold him, while you snip out the knot.

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Kavykeeper
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Jun 29, 2009

Don't try and cut out the whole thing. Cut a very small amount at a time with a slim pair of sharp scissors. Have a comb handy. Each time you cut some of it, try and comb to see if it will start to undo. You'll probably find there is hay bits in there and bedding bits that you'll have to pull out. Keep snipping until you get it out. You can ask someone to hold him while you trim his fur which might make it easier. I've cut out lots of knots from rescue pigs. The best way to keep them from forming is to keep a fine tooth comb handy and comb out the fur daily. It's the back underside where they seem to form the most. After it's out, you can bath him and trim the back end so it's more even. It will grow back out. Hope this helps. I have a long haired one that I regularly trim to keep her hair more manageable.

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daryl b.
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Jun 29, 2009

i would find a groomer that you can trust. the only way to do it would probably be to cut it off. you could ask kavykeeper

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