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Nervy pig with possible mange

katew

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Just wanted to ask for some advice.

We have a very nervy long hair female - long story but it has taken ages for her to get used to handling, especially round the bottom area. Because she is a long haired she needs regular trimming which she hates. We have noticed that she is scratching a bit more than normally recently and she has small scabs/dandruff in her hair but given her mental state it is quite hard getting them out. We are taking out as much as we can but she isn't happy about it. She doesn't have any bald spots and her partner isn't itchy at all. Is this likely to be dander or is it mites? Is there an over the counter medication/shampoo that might work? She is going to the vets for her teeth soon anyway ( another problem). Would it be worth raising it then?

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Definitely worth raising with the vets just to err on the side of caution, don’t self medicate with any over the counter treatments as this could effect the outcome of any tests the vet wants to run.
 

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Just wanted to ask for some advice.

We have a very nervy long hair female - long story but it has taken ages for her to get used to handling, especially round the bottom area. Because she is a long haired she needs regular trimming which she hates. We have noticed that she is scratching a bit more than normally recently and she has small scabs/dandruff in her hair but given her mental state it is quite hard getting them out. We are taking out as much as we can but she isn't happy about it. She doesn't have any bald spots and her partner isn't itchy at all. Is this likely to be dander or is it mites? Is there an over the counter medication/shampoo that might work? She is going to the vets for her teeth soon anyway ( another problem). Would it be worth raising it then?

Many thanks
It is definitely worth to have her checked for skin problems when you see your vet anyway. By then any developing problem should be more obvious and easier to diagnose - and to treat correctly.

Please don't home treat on spec, as much as this is your initial instinct. Your vet will not thank you making their job much more difficult by wiping the crime scene! Whatever it is, is still at the worst in the very early stages anyway and can be much better brought under control if the correct treatment can be administered promptly.
What to check and look out for in new guinea pigs (vet checks, sexing, parasites&illness)

You may find these tips, especially the piggy whispering tips via the link below, helpful. Invite your skittish girl into your group so she sees herself as a members of your herd. Tell her that you love and cherish her; that will calm her down. Try to gently lure or chivvy her into a conveyance of some kind so you don't have to chase her around and catch her.
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katew

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Definitely worth raising with the vets just to err on the side of caution, don’t self medicate with any over the counter treatments as this could effect the outcome of any tests the vet wants to run.
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katew

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It is definitely worth to have her checked for skin problems when you see your vet anyway. By then any developing problem should be more obvious and easier to diagnose - and to treat correctly.

Please don't home treat on spec, as much as this is your initial instinct. Your vet will not thank you making their job much more difficult by wiping the crime scene! Whatever it is, is still at the worst in the very early stages anyway and can be much better brought under control if the correct treatment can be administered promptly.
What to check and look out for in new guinea pigs (vet checks, sexing, parasites&illness)

You may find these tips, especially the piggy whispering tips via the link below, helpful. Invite your skittish girl into your group so she sees herself as a members of your herd. Tell her that you love and cherish her; that will calm her down. Try to gently lure or chivvy her into a conveyance of some kind so you don't have to chase her around and catch her.
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Thank you
 
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