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Help! My Guinea Pig Is Going Crazy!!

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Valentina

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Hello everyone, I desperatly need some help. My 4 year old guinea pig( Whitey) has been going crazy during the night time and in the mornings as well. Three weeks ago his brother(Chunky)started acting strange by not letting me touch him from the head to midway on his back and every time I tried to stroke him he'd run away petrified. A week later Whitey started doing nearly exactly the same thing, but worse because he just runs around the cage like mad. Two vets have seen them, one of them specialised in guinea pigs and the other one just local but still contacted a specialist and none of them have ever seen anything like that before. I kept both boys on metacam now for two weeks and it hasn't changed anything. I've tried swaping woodshavings with paper, I've tried them in different cage, the vets told us that their skin is ok( no mites, lice or fleas). At the moment Whitey is eating fine but he is my bigger concern because He has been running around the cage for over two weeks now and after every run he kicks his back legs out ( a bit like a rabbit ) and when I pick him up he truelly looks petrified and I just want to help him. I haven't found anything in Google and I've been looking for hours for some answers. Any suggestions and help would be great, thank you!
 

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Hi and welcome!

Has any of the vets you have seen considered mange mites? They are the most frequent skin parasite in guinea pigs and are invisible to the naked eye. Mange mites burrow their eggs in the skin. This is very painful and a guinea pig typically does not like to be touched on the back where the eggs are most often burrowed in the skin. There won't be any hair loss if the mite eggs are sitting in an area the piggies can't reach.
Mange mites can kill if not treated properly with a good quality ivermectin product. Please do not home treat with low dosed shop products that are geared towards the prevention, but not the full treatment of mange mites. In an advanced case, injections are preferable and more effective than topical treatment, as it can trigger fitting.
http://www.guinealynx.info/mites.html

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We have got a piggy savvy UK vet locator on the top bar, but may be able to give you links to recommended vets in other countries.
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Hello and thak you for your time. This is what me and my husband were worried about but when we asked the vets they said that the skin would be inflamedif they had mites and their skin seems to be ok. I'm gonna have to go for 3-rd time again and insist to get it sorted
 

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Where are you please, so we can help you better?
 
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