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Scab in middle of rosette

Smudgeflofifi

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Hi guys, I've noticed that my long haired Guinea pig has a scab in the middle of the rosette. I've attached a picture but it's not very clear, is this something to be concerned about?
 

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I would want this checking out a vets this week, could be Fungal or start if mites, needs a vet to check it over.
 

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Always worth a vet check if there is a potential skin problem in case of mites or a fungal infection, these things are best caught and treated early!
 

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Always worth a vet check if there is a potential skin problem in case of mites or a fungal infection, these things are best caught and treated early!
Okay thank you. Are mites/fungal infections serious?
 

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It depends on whether it is mange mites that live inside the skin (can be very serious) or fur/hay mites that are only on the surface (less serious) or if it is ringworm (serious and very contagious fungal infection that humans and other pets can catch too) or something more mild and fungal more like athlete's foot would be in people.
Mange mites and ringworm can get pretty bad pretty fast, and are best diagnosed and treated with prescription strength medication from the vet as soon as possible or they can be difficult to get rid of and very distressing for the piggy. Which is why a prompt vet check is recommended, ideally the same week as you first notice the signs, if you see any scabs/fur loss/dandruff type symptoms, just in case.
Let us know how you get on at the vet!
 
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