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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-24-2008, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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My guinea pig is eating her own fur; I would like to know if it is a disease or what it might be and how to stop it so she can grow her hair back. Anyone with suggestions?
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Where is she eating it from? Is she actually eating it and digesting it or is she pulling it out? Is there any chance she is pregnant?

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Pigs don't nest, so they don't pull out their hair when they're pregnant.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-25-2008, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Guinea pig eating its own hair! What is it?

She is eating it off the sides of her abdomen. She has never even seen a male, so she is not pregnant. It has been going on for a couple of months or more. We have tried covering her cage to give her more security, and have a pouch in her cage to crawl into. Nothing seems to help. We have been feeding her dry hay thinking it might be a protein deficiency, but to no avail. Uggh.
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Do you see her chewing her sides? She probably has mites -- a parasite, not any sort of deficiency. They're extremely common and easy to treat. Hay doesn't provide protein, it provides fiber, btw.

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also they should always have as much hay as they want

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