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Crusty/scabby Nose

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REBrowning

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Hi, my male guinea pig has this on his nose it looks like a big scab but it's solid and seems to be quite deep in him. I thought he had had a fight with another one of our guinea pigs and had gotten it from that but I don't think it's the case anymore. Is this something we should be worried about? Thanks for your help in advanced :)

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Hi, my male guinea pig has this on his nose it looks like a big scab but it's solid and seems to be quite deep in him. I thought he had had a fight with another one of our guinea pigs and had gotten it from that but I don't think it's the case anymore. Is this something we should be worried about? Thanks for your help in advanced :)

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HI and welcome!

Please see a vet for it; it could be fungal, a bad case of cheilitis (lip infection) or a growth; difficult to say just from a picture.

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We have got a recommended UK vets locator on the top bar. Here is a link for recommended piggy savvy vets in some other countries: Veterinarians - The GLX-Files (Guinea Lynx)
 

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Thank you for your quick reply, will add in these details :) is this likely to be contagious? Should we keep him away from our other guineas until a vet has seen him?
 

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Thank you for your quick reply, will add in these details :) is this likely to be contagious? Should we keep him away from our other guineas until a vet has seen him?
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If it is cheilitis or a growth (which is more likely) then it is isn't. Cheilitis is usually caused by feeding too much fruit and tomato, which contains acid that causes tiny cracks in the lips into which fungal and bacteria can get into. someguinea pigs are more sensitive than others. I would recommend to stop feeding fruit and tomato until you have got a diagnosis from a knowledgeable vet.
If it is a crust, your vet may have to check for some issue in the nostril for URI (respiratory infection) that could have caused it.
Guinea Lynx :: Cheilitis

Thank you for adding your location. That helps with other members being able to give you local tips and recommendations and us knowing which medical brands etc. you are dealing with.
 
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