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Jakjak

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Hi, my pigs are kept indoors in lounge. Just wondering about regular treatments they may need, flea, mite, worming etc. Cant find anything about this. Surely would be similar to other pets but not sure.
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They don’t need anything like this as routine. Piggies don’t have a species specific flea so that isn’t relevant. Worms are very rare and they only need mite treatment if they have an active infestation of mites. Regular and routine treatment of mites with off the shelf pet shop treatments can cause problems with resistance forming making it hard to properly treat an infestation should one occur. If you should have a mite issue then seeing a vet for the proper course of prescription strength treatment and not using pet shop treatments is best
 

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Guinea pigs don't need regular treatments like other pets. They only need treatment if something has been diagnosed by a vet. There are no species specific fleas, and they rarely get worms. The only thing you need to do is to weigh them weekly at the same time and give them a once over, and clip their nails as needed.
 

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Hi, my pigs are kept indoors in lounge. Just wondering about regular treatments they may need, flea, mite, worming etc. Cant find anything about this. Surely would be similar to other pets but not sure.
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There are no vaccinations for guinea pigs and they don't have species specific fleas or communicable fatal illnesses. So no routine treatments necessary. No additives or 'preventative' low dosed treatment needed. The latter of which is not strong enough to actually prevent an acute outbreak but can contribute to resistancy - and we only have got a couple of related substances that work against mites.
In an acute outbreak, it is much better (and overall cheaper) to see a vet promptly for a diagnosis and to treat appropriately with the recommended vet strength treatment to get on top of the problem pretty straight forwardly. Chances are that you'll never have an issue with them.

The species specific parasites that guinea pigs have (two types of mites and one type of lice) are usually kept perfectly under control by a fully operational immune system; a good general grass hay based diet will take care of that (please note that grass and good quality hay, which should make around 80% of the daily food intake) contain vitamin C and are the reason why guinea pigs never had the need to make their own. The only cases of scurvy from well kept pets we see on here are from piggies that are kept on too high vitamin C supplements. when that high level drops for some reason, like illness, then they will reacti with deficiency symptoms even though the actual vitamin C level is still above normal. Much more effective to just to a 2-3 week vitamin C booster course in case a piggy of yours is really ill and they really need one.

There is a whole supplement industry out there because when it comes to pets, owners tend to not think and just throw the kitchen at their beloved ones - that is a proper money maker but it doesn't say anything about whether it is actually necessary. Instead it is much better to concentrate on a balanced general diet and enrichment (again, the really interesting stuff that makes piggies happiest doesn't cost much or at all) but very little in the way of treats. Turn dinner time into enrichment time - MUCH healthier and actually more satisfying for both sides.
A good diet is not just at the basis of long term health in all health respects that are influenced by it but it can also make the difference between a healthy piggy living to the lower or the upper end of the average life expectancy or even beyond because it is the best immune system booster you can provide. The closer you can keep your diet to a natural one, the better.
Instead of wasting money on supplements, use that on good quality hay that is not mass produced and harvested and imported (avoiding a much higher risk of hay mites) but produced here in the UK and harvested in a way that churns up less soil during the process and minimises the risk of more bugs getting into the hay. There are some good online hay suppliers in this country. Other members may advise you to currently best one.
And save up in a vet fund to be able to afford any necessary treatment or operations; they can quickly run into the hundreds of pounds (or dollars).

New piggy problems: URI - ringworm - skin parasites
Long Term Balanced General And Special Needs Guinea Pig Diets
A Comprehensive Hay Guide for Guinea Pigs (incl. providers in several countries)
 

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Thank you everyone for your replies, all ok and happy with their diet and overall hralth thanks to everything learnt here on the forum ! 😉
 
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