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Long haired piggies eyes

Bethanie97

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Hi
I’m looking for a bit of advice, I have a sheltie breed guinea pig, and the hair above where her eyes are (shown in picture) keeps growing and catching her in the eyes which has started making them look sore and occasionally crusty, I don’t want this becoming a serious problem.
I’ve tried trimming around which helps until it starts to grow back into her eyes, I’ve also tried using a bit of Vaseline to flatten the hair down which was working at first but it’s seems to have made it worse now.
Any advice please?
Many thanks

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Hi
I’m looking for a bit of advice, I have a sheltie breed guinea pig, and the hair above where her eyes are (shown in picture) keeps growing and catching her in the eyes which has started making them look sore and occasionally crusty, I don’t want this becoming a serious problem.
I’ve tried trimming around which helps until it starts to grow back into her eyes, I’ve also tried using a bit of Vaseline to flatten the hair down which was working at first but it’s seems to have made it worse now.
Any advice please?
Many thanks

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Hi!

It is unusual for hair growing directly into the eyes, but the only measure you can take is to please keep the offending hair cut short to prevent that from happening. Guinea pig hair will grow to its genetically determined length, whether that is short hair or long hair (where it grows to an extent that greatly impedes natural behaviour if was left to grow out fully).

If you cut any hair, it will grow back, so hair cutting is a very regular job for owners of long-haired piggies anyway.
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Four of mine are long haired and I have to regularly trim them all over to keep hair out of their eyes and to keep their bottoms clean (they get wet 'skirts' at the back).

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Bethanie97

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Thanks everyone
I do regularly clip and cut her hair especially her bum area, but I can be abit wary near the eyes as she likes to move very suddenly, but think it’s going to be the best way forward to trim round the eyes to stop any further issues occurring. Il just have to bribe her with plenty of yummy treats.
 

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I bought some curved scissors from amazon with rounded ends to make trimming a bit easier. Same ones that my vet has.
 
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