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She's had one lot of mites treatment, was due to go back this week, potentially for a second. I've taken her to the vets twice, both times I've asked specifically to check to see if it's ringworm, first wasn't sure so treated for a cut, second said ringworm was unlikely so treated for mites. The cut turned into a bald patch before the mites treatement, and the hair has since grown back.
It looked like the mites treatment had been effective, however, now two of my other pigs have scaly patches on ears, I'm wondering if it was ringworm after all. Would ringworm clear up on it's own/ xeno 50?
Xeno may temporarily suppress ringworm but it won’t cure it.
Ringworm spores can live in the environment for years so incredibly thorough cleaning (using F10) of the cage,
throwing away anything you can’t clean etc, thorough hygiene for yourself also including any clothes you use to deal with the piggies etc, so as to not cause a repeat outbreak, is needed
I just need the vet to diagnose them first though... this is my problem! If it is ringworm, then she's been shedding spores for a month now, despite me taking her to the vets immediately, asking specifically if it's ringworm and spending ££ on treatments. Can I just assume it is now the rest of the herd have it and buy the dip online?
Your guinea pigs do need to be seen by another piggy savvy vet. Not sure why they have said ringworm isn't common, as it actually is quite common in pigs that have reduced immune efficiency or are older or stressed.
The vet should take a culture to confirm ringworm/mites. You have already had some excellent advice above re disinfecting etc, but I would agree with the others that it is imperative the piggies are seen by another vet.