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Abigail has a patch on her ear

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Abigail has a patch on her ear that looks dry and slightly white in colour, it only appeared today, she has been a little subdued since yesterday, although eating and drinking well 10 minutes ago she started chirping like a bird and this went on for about 5 minutes. I will make an appointment for her to see the vet first thing Monday morning, I take the girls to the Cat and Rabbit, but should I take her into our local pets at home vets tomorrow?
 

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If you can go to another vet tomorrow so that a diagnosis and any treatment can be started then that would be a good thing as long as you trust them to make a good diagnosis (ie exotic specialists). If she as been not acting her normal self, then that would be enough of a sign for me to act rather than wait too long. Don’t rule out going to cat and rabbit though as I know that they are good vets.
 

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Do you think it could be ringworm? if so how would Abi have got it. she is an indoor guinea pig. We adopted her from the Blue cross about 8 months ago along with Rosie they have had no contact with any other animals. Does the spores come in the hay? We get pillow wad hay from Vet UK and Burgess hay with Marigold and Dandelions from Vet UK.
 

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Not having contact with other animals is not a factor I’m afraid. If you’re worried it’s best you take her to the vet. You could always take them both for a general check.

Post a photo as well if you can.
 

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I am going to ring the Pets at home vets in Banbury when they open at 10am, as her ear looks worse this morning, has anyone been to these vets before? I am a little worried, was hoping if things stayed the same I could get her to the Cat and Rabbit first thing Monday morning as they are brilliant. Abi is eating and drinking well. I always take both girls together to the vets as they came from a big group and hadn't bonded properly together when I first got them and scared time apart will break the bond, it can still be a little fragile at times when one is in season. Do you think this is a good idea or should I just take Abi as I am worried Rosie could catch it if close contact in travel case or do you think she might have already caught it.
 

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We obviously can’t confirm anything, but if it is ringworm then Rosie is already at risk. I would leave them together. I never separate my boys and always take them both to any vet appointments. The vet might want to give Rosie a check over depending on the diagnosis.
 

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We obviously can’t confirm anything, but if it is ringworm then Rosie is already at risk. I would leave them together. I never separate my boys and always take them both to any vet appointments. The vet might want to give Rosie a check over depending on the diagnosis.
Thank you for your reply, I will take them both together. I have tried a few times to post photo, but my phone is not allowing me for some reason.
 

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I have phoned the Pets at home vets at Banbury over Abigails ear and they said as she wasn't registered with then they wouldn't see her and to ring our own vets that's the Cat and Rabbit they are not open, will a emergency appointment be given by a vet covering for them? as she is fine in her self its just her ear.
 

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I’d ring the Cat and Rabbit Clinic they will have an emergency cover number on their phone x Good luck x
 

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To be honest, for a suspected fungal patch that isn't impacting anything else, ie no weight loss, loss of appetite, change of behaviour etc, I would be inclined just to wait until tomorrow when your regular vets open. I wouldn't personally say that it's urgent enough to warrant the emergency vet
 

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Some excellent advice there from everyone, its good to have an emergency vet lined up just in case (our vet gave us a leaflet about their out of hours emergency cover, so I keep the phone number and address of the emergency clinic saved in my phone in case we ever need it!) but I think a small fungal ear patch will wait until Monday morning, our emergency vet prices start at £110 for a consultation rather than £22 for our usual vets!
 

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I have phoned the Pets at home vets at Banbury over Abigails ear and they said as she wasn't registered with then they wouldn't see her and to ring our own vets that's the Cat and Rabbit they are not open, will a emergency appointment be given by a vet covering for them? as she is fine in her self its just her ear.
Hi!

A fungal ear is not an emergency problem that cannot wait for a few days if necessary and where booking a normal slot during regular daytime hours is perfectly adequate. Ringworm is very unpleasant, highly contagious and takes a major hygiene effort to clear out for good, but it is NOT a potentially lethal disease. ;)

If you ring up the Cat&Rabbit Care Clinic first thing tomorrow, you will have the best chance of booking a free slot. ;)
The same goes for more local vets.

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Thank you all for your advice, I am ringing the Cat and Rabbit first thing in the morning. I panic a bit over the girls, I suffer with anxiety and didn't sleep last night worrying about Abigail. Sorry I will keep all information on this thread. x
 

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Thank you all for your advice, I am ringing the Cat and Rabbit first thing in the morning. I panic a bit over the girls, I suffer with anxiety and didn't sleep last night worrying about Abigail. Sorry I will keep all information on this thread. x
Please don’t panic. I say that, but fungal always fills me with dread because it is a pain to deal with. BUT piggies with fungal are not ill as such. They (and their cage mates) just need treating with a course of itrafungol and deep cleaning of their cages and that’s all. Here is a link to our ringworm advice thread. I know it’s sound advice as I’ve been following it with recent foster piggies with fungal. We have contained it to the one pair and not spread to others in our care. Ringworm: Hygiene And Pictures
 

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Thank you all for your advice, I am ringing the Cat and Rabbit first thing in the morning. I panic a bit over the girls, I suffer with anxiety and didn't sleep last night worrying about Abigail. Sorry I will keep all information on this thread. x
Take a deep breath!

The time between infection and actual outbreak is 10-14 days. This means that you have also got all this time to break the cycle and stop any further spread (including any potential transmission to yourself) as long as you can start ringworm treatment at some point during this period. ;)

With oral (if not cheap) itrafungol you usually get on top of the acute symptoms in the affected piggy within a week; but it is worth the expense as treatment is a lot less stressful than baths for everybody every three days!
Give the companion and yourself an all body nizoral shampoo during this time to stop any spores that may have landed on your bodies from causing an infection. Alternatively give the companion some itrafungol, too, and only yourself a nizoral bath.

With another deep clean once the fungal has been stopped and another nizoral all-body shampoo for all your piggies and yourself once the itrafungol has done its work on your affected piggy, you also make sure that there are no tiny spores left anywhere (including in the fur coat) that can be carried around and cause any later outbreaks, so you all can start with a totally spore-free clean slate into the observation period.

With the practical tips in our ringworm hygiene guide you can get on top of it within 1-2 weeks with another 2 weeks observation period afterwards to make sure that there is no further outbreak. Please take the time to read the guide at every stage. I have made it as clear and precise as possible.
If it helps you, I have managed to keep my last outbreak two years ago in a room of 30 piggies to just the one affected piggy with practising my own ringworm care tips, so I know from my own experience that it can be done! :tu:
Ringworm: Hygiene And Pictures

Most of the ringworm trouble in pet guinea pigs comes from inadequate treatment and lack of hygiene because it is the single most contagious issue between species. If you get the two things right within your 'period of grace' (i.e. the time between infection and acute outbreak), you can get on top of it comparatively easily with the application of a little application - which is a pain in the neck but it is doable as long as you follow our advice and close off all possible ways the spores can be passed on. ;)

I hope that this makes sense to you and calms you down a bit?
 
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