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Guinea pig scabs

ashleyhaywood0

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My guinea pig has been scratching and biting at his back. I looked at his back and it looks like there are red scabs and some dry skin. I decided to wash him with some special shampoo and after that he stopped constantly scratching and biting but he still has these red scabs on his back and hair loss. It doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Does anyone know what these are from? Mites? Dry skin?
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Definitely agree with Sport Billy - it looks like mites, but of course it's impossible to diagnose from just a photo.
Mites are extremely painful for guinea pigs as they burrow under the skin and cause extreme itching.
Please pop your guinea pig along to a vet and have a proper diagnosis made.

Please also do not try to treat at home with special shampoos or drops from the pet store, as they simply mask the sympotoms without curing the problem and make it harder for a vet to give an accurate diagnosis.
 

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I fully agree with my previous posters.

Please see a vet and do not treat on spec. Fungal and skin parasites require different treatment and good quality care to get on top of them, not cheap broad spectrum low dosed shop stuff.

If you have had your guinea pigs for less than two weeks before an outbreak (UK) /1 month (US), you can reclaim any vet costs from the pet shop.

Here is more information on all these points: What to check and look out for in new guinea pigs (vet checks, sexing, parasites&illness)
 
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