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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-07-2005, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Black specks

My guinea pigs have black specks coming off of them. It's not flea dirt, but my vet and I are both baffled by it. Does anybody know what it is?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-08-2005, 02:08 AM
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i think is mite too

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-08-2005, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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There aren't any scabs and they've had this since I got them. Their skin isn't irritated at all... There's just a lot of black specks. And it's only my black and my agouti pigs that have it. My red one doesn't. I'm thinking it's just skin oil that's built up over time, but I don't know.

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i think you're probly right...that sounds like what came out of hagrids ears when it almost got infected....vet man gave me a rinse to do every week, and black "stuff" comes out when i do it.....hope that's all it is!

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It could be fecal waste from parasites (i.e. mites)?


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I cleaned out their ears the other day and I got like 15 Q-tips full of black stuff between the three of them... I didn't stick them in the ear, just scooped around the outside... I'm going to get another swab and take it to the vet for him to look at under the microscope to see if he can see anything.

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