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Running Lice

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kedwards

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Morning,

During nightly cuddles last night I noticed one of my little fellas (Earnie) had running lice on his head. They're easily identifiable thanks to all the posts and links on these forums. I assume my other piggie probably has them too (Dexter) and so will bath both of them in special treatment shampoo to get rid of lice.

I will then clean out the hutch using the disinfectant pet spray I have and change all their shavings and hay (both which are from P@H). We are very vigilent and keep a good eye on the boys but is there anything else I should be doing? I understand lice are a common occurence in guinea pigs but with our boys being 8 months old this is our first infestation.

As I say I've read all the posts and links but if there is ANYTHING else I can do to prevent this in future / help the little ones out to get rid of them, please let me know.

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The guineas will need bathing at least twice - the first bath gets rid of the lice and eggs and the second bath 7 days later gets rid of the second cycle of egg/ lice, they may need a third. Each time you bath them the hutch needs treating with Lice spray, not discinfectant - that won't kill the lice or eggs. I use Johnson's cage and hutch spray, for lice etc - spray it out, let it dry, put fresh bedding etc. back in.

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