How do you treat fungus on guinea pigs?
Your veterinarian will likely diagnose ringworm in your pig through a simple physical examination. A course of antifungal medications will be prescribed to rid your pig’s body of the infecting fungus. The use of these medicines might last for up to six weeks or more, depending on the severity of your pet’s infection.
What causes fungal infection in guinea pigs?
Fungal skin infection (ringworm) in guinea pigs is most often caused by Trichophyton mentagrophytes. This infection is contagious to people and animals directly or through contaminated objects like bedding.
What does a guinea pig fungal infection look like?
The primary sign of ringworm infection is bald patches, usually starting at the head. Irritation and itching may also be seen in infected guinea pigs. The bald patches will generally have crusty, flaky, red patches within them; when these patches appear on the face, it is usually around the eyes, nose, and ears.
What antifungal cream is safe for guinea pigs?
However, it is likely that guinea pigs are, if anything, more susceptible to topical ototoxins than are humans. The specific antimycotics clotrimazole, miconazole, and tolnaftate appear to be safe.
Can you use human antifungal cream on guinea pigs?
Your vet may prescribe an antifungal ointment to rub into your guinea pig’s skin. Talk to your vet about how much of the ointments to use, as well as for instructions for proper application. Never use an antifungal cream unless it’s prescribed by your vet.
Is apple cider vinegar safe for guinea pigs?
The malic and acetic acid in apple cider vinegar have antimicrobial properties which makes it useful to feed if a rabbit or guinea pig is off colour. Nutritionally it is good source of minerals, although not much else, and it does not contain sugar.
How do you treat a guinea pig with skin problems?
The problem is usually solved when patients are treated with two to three doses of ivermectin, 14 days apart. Ivermectin is very effective and usually works within a few hours to relieve the pruritus. Topical spot-on preparations are available for use in guinea pigs and other small animals.
Can you put baking soda in guinea pig cage?
Unfortunately not. Baking soda may cause health problems for guinea pigs. Baking soda is a lung irritant. Before anecdotal accounts started to bring light to the issue, it was common practice among many well-intentioned small pet owners to use baking soda in guinea pigs’ enclosures.
Do guinea pigs carry diseases harmful to humans?
Guinea pigs can pass the bacteria to people through their feces. Salmonella is usually not serious but can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps and fever. Guinea pigs can carry salmonella while still appearing to be perfectly healthy.
Can guinea pigs get ringworm?
Ringworm is the most aggressive and transmittable form of a fungal skin infection. It is most common in young pet shop or breeder guinea pigs or in guinea pigs rehomed privately or from shelters and rescues with no medical care and quarantine. It can also be transmitted from you and other species pets to your guinea pigs.
What are facts about guinea pigs?
Here are some more fun facts about guinea pigs: In the wild, guinea pigs live in social groups which are referred to as “herds”. Domestic guinea pigs need to have lots of attention and love to be with you when you are around. Guinea pigs are incredibly sensitive to loud noises. A guinea pig that stretches out shows they are relaxed and happy.