• Discussions taking place within this forum are intended for the purpose of assisting you in discussing options with your vet. Any other use of advice given here is done so at your risk, is solely your responsibility and not that of this forum or its owner. Before posting it is your responsibility you abide by this Statement

HELP: Crusty nose.

Petelixon

Junior Guinea Pig
Joined
Dec 26, 2017
Messages
14
Reaction score
4
Points
80
My guinea pig Donald has had this for months (will post a pic in the comments). We took him to the vets the first time we saw this. It was a 1-2 minute appointment where the vet glanced at him quickly and told him that this is due to Vitamin C deficiency and that is nothing serious. Then they asked me what pellets I feed him and started listing veggies high in vitamin C. They also decided to prescribe me some vitamin C tablets. They told me I should call them on Monday so I could get the prescribed vitamin C. So I did and they told me that they aren't able to do it. So in the end I didn't get any vet help and had to pay £50 for a 2 minute appointment.

Anyway I ended up putting the matters into my own hands and buying some Oxbow Natural Science Vitamin C online and feeding him that. But it wouldn't clear up.
Then I started putting some Sudo Crem on him, but he absolutely hates it and wipes it off even if it does help him a bit.

I would go back there again but it is most likely that I will be told the same and will be forced to pay the same amount. There aren't many vets who specilise in small animals where I live, which is a shame. It doesn't bother him at all and he eats, drinks well and just overall acts normal. But it would be great to hear some advice from others.
 

LittleGems

Teenage Guinea Pig
Joined
May 1, 2018
Messages
516
Reaction score
276
Points
450
Location
London,Britain
HEY,
I'm no expert but I would go to the vets ASAP again just to check . It could be respiratory infection or fungal which can be fatal.
 
D

DM030819

From the position @Petelixon I wonder whether it's cheilitis. That would need a vet visit for some antibiotic ointment.


Guinea Lynx :: Cheilitis

Or it may be a different fungal issue which again would need vet intervention.

The Vet Locator on the forum may offer a different vet option for you as the first vet doesn't sound too piggy knowledgeable.
 

Petelixon

Junior Guinea Pig
Joined
Dec 26, 2017
Messages
14
Reaction score
4
Points
80
Thank you so much, I will book an appointment. :)
 

Wiebke

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Mar 10, 2009
Messages
66,883
Reaction score
33,454
Points
3,466
Location
Coventry UK
Here is the picture:
HI! I agree with @Jaycey . Please see your vet promply for cheilitis (lip infection). This is usually cause by feeding too much/too often fruit/tomato, whose acid is causing tiny cracks in the skin through which fungal spores or bacteria can get into the skin. In the UK a lethal pox virus can also get into the cracks. Ideally your vet does a two-pronged treatment with both antibiotics and an oral systemic fungal like itrafungol (UK)/ketoconazole (UK). This looks like a pretty advanced case!
Guinea Lynx :: Cheilitis

Please stop feeding any fruit and tomato asap!
Long Term Balanced General And Special Needs Guinea Pig Diets
 
Top