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Suspected Fungal Infection

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Niki

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What a time i'm having with this pair! First Wallace with mites now Wilbur is showing the classic signs of the beginnings of a fungal infection. Just a small part on his back is greasy and having done the "tug test" the hair is definitely coming out, thankfully there are no bald patches............yet.
I can't say there's definite flakes of skin, it looks like the hair root or tiny specks of skin. Anyhow's i've emailed Chrissie at GG and am awaiting her reply for the best treatment. I'll keep you all posted.
I feel really bad at the mo' :'( is it something i'm NOT doing as to why it's happening to them? I recently bought some Genie Pet Disinfectant and am using that (recommended on the GG Site), i use newspaper and soft shredded straw on their hutch floors.
I only bathed them on 24th August-just bathed W & W again today in a medicated shampoo-thought i'd better do something! (as i don't know if it's contagious.)
I'll keep you posted on his progress
Niki x
 
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Niki, it isnt' you, fungal is rife this year, 4 of my girlies had it earlier on in the year! Have you given them a bath, in head and shoulders or something? I am not very good at advice but hopefully Chrissie will be in touch soon.
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Hi Niki,

I emailed you earlier, so hopefully you will have the info you need. As Nik said, at this time of year there are a lot of fungal problems, so don't beat yourself up about it. The main thing is that you've noticed the problem and are taking action, so well done for that :)

There is also a big problem with lice at the moment and I'm selling Lice 'n' Easy shampoo by the bucket-full! Again, there's not much you can do to prevent piggies picking up lice, especially if they are out on the grass. As above, the most important thing is to check their skin regularly for any problems and act quickly if you find a problem.

Good luck and do let us know how you get on. Chrissie
 

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Got your email Chrissie, thanks for replying so quickly.
I've ordered the products you suggested, now i'll just keep an eye on them and hope things don't deteriorate too quicky.
Oh and thanks for telling me bout lice/fungal probs that has made me feel better knowing it's not something i'm doing/not doing
Niki x
 

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Well now this is strange.
When i found the suspected fungal infection I bathed Wilbur in my Polytar Plus Shampoo (an antiseptic medicated scalp cleanser for seborrhoea, psoriasis, itching scalp & dandruff), thinking i had to do something.
My GG products have arrived so have been and done the patch test today, however, there is no sign of any greasy patches or flakes - NOTHING but beautiful silky fur.

I'm still going to do the oil soak and shampoo them all with the Manuka & Neem Shampoo as Chrissie's instructions but isn't it strange, fungal infections don't just disappear do they?
 

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If you suspect a mite or fungal infection, the best treatment I would recommend (and is on the peter gurney website so is safe) is to shampoo in prioderm shampoo ( not lotion) followed by Nizarol shampoo. Leave both on for a couple of minutes and then rinse off. Follow up a few weeks later and the condition will be sorted. I've had a few piggies with these problems and this is by far the best treatment.
 

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linda.b said:
If you suspect a mite or fungal infection, the best treatment I would recommend (and is on the peter gurney website so is safe) is to shampoo in prioderm shampoo ( not lotion) followed by Nizarol shampoo. Leave both on for a couple of minutes and then rinse off. Follow up a few weeks later and the condition will be sorted. I've had a few piggies with these problems and this is by far the best treatment.
Thanks Linda, it was definitely looking fungal, when i bathed him the plug hole blocked with all the hair but today nothing.
I've seen the Peter Gurney website and the shampoo's to use and was going to do that but was in such a panic with myself (after Wallace had suspected mites the previous week) that i used my polytar plus until my GG products arrived.
 
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Ive just used selsum shampoo on two of my guinea pigs. And it has worked lovely
you can buy it over the counter at any chemist.Get a good lather then leave on for three min
rinse really well it worked for me
 
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