Wry Neck

Signs/symptoms: Head held at tilt to one side, may stagger and/or fall over when walking Causes: Infection in middle or inner ear Treatment: See your veterinarian. Once treated, the head may remain tilted if the infection causes severe damage to the ear, but otherwise the guinea pig will be normal

Sores and Wounds

Signs/symptoms: Open wound or scratch Causes: Fighting if overcrowded or incompatible, injury from unsafe cage or surroundings Treatment: 1. Trim hair around wound 2. Clean wound with antiseptic soap 3. Apply Panalog Cream or apply topical antibiotic ointment (such as Neosporin)

Slobbers

Signs/symptoms: Slobbering, drooling, weight loss, mouth does not close all the way Causes: Overgrown molars, possibly due to lack of chewing or herediatry malocclusion of molars Treatment: See veterinarian. Molars may need to be filed. Do not use this animal for breeding, because this condition may be hereditary and could be passed on to offspring […]

Scurvy

Signs/symptoms: Hair loss, weight loss, loss of coordination, loose teeth, bleeding gums, swollen and painful joints, listlessness, dehydration (lift loose skin to see if it stands up instead of failing flat and tight on the body)   Causes: Lack of vitamin C Treatment: Do not use a multivitamin product that could cause potential toxic overdose […]

Ring Worm

Signs/symptoms: Bald patches, usually beginning on nose and face then spreading to abdomen and back, skin may be a little dry and/or scaly or crusty Causes: Fungus       Treatment: 1. Isolate guinea pig 2. Wear rubber gloves and clean cage and equipment thoroughly 3. Wear rubber gloves and clean affected areas on guinea […]

Mites: Ear

Signs/symptoms: Shaking head, sratching head and ears, dirty, reddish brown “wax” inside ear Causes: Tiny parasites brought in on bedding or spread by an infected guinea pig Treatment: 1. Separate infected animals from noninfected animals (keep a close watch on noninfected animals) 2. Clean ears gently with cotton swabs and a tiny amount of alcohol […]

Mites: Skin

Signs/symptoms: Scratching, severe hair loss, dermatitis, pruritis, skin thickened, dry, scaly, scabby sores   Causes: Tiny parasites brought in on bedding or spread by an infected guinea pig Treatment: 1. Separate infected animals from noninfected animals, treat all as if infected 2. Clean cage thoroughly 3. Dip guinea pig in pyrethin dip. Follow label directions.(wear […]

Mites: Fur

Signs/symptoms: Scratching, hair loss possibly in the shape of a V on the back or belly, scaly skin Causes: Tiny parasites brought in on bedding or spread by an infected guinea pig Treatment: 1. Separate infected animals from noninfected animals, treat all as if infected 2. Clean cage thoroughly 3. Sprinkle floor and bedding with […]

Lice

Signs/symptoms: Scratching, severe hair loss, dermatitis, pruritis, skin thickened, dry, scaly, scabby sores, lice may be seen around ear and rump Causes: Tiny parasites brought in on bedding or spread by an infected guinea pig Treatment: 1. Separate infected animals from noninfected animals, treat all as if infected 2. Clean cage thoroughly 3. Dip guinea […]

Heatstroke

Signs/symptoms: Drooling, rapid breathing, weakness, listlessness, blood-tinged discharge from nose and mouth, increase water intake, sunken eyes, bony over rump, unconscious Causes: Air temperature over 75 degree F with humidity of 70 percent or above, exposure to direct sun, crowding, lack of water Treatment: 1. Spray with water via spray bottle set on fine mist […]

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