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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-22-2008, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Possibly Ill?!

One of my guinea pigs [a male near 4 months of age] is acting strangely. He has been for the past month or so. He has got really rough feeling fur/skin...I really can't tell what it is really. Anyhow when I pulled some fur out it had a lot of dandruff looking stuff on it. He often scratchs at the spots when I touch them. So to inspect him I had to hold his head back cause he scratches with his mouth usually. I don't know what this stuff is, but it's a sort of greyish-white color and it feels very rough and disgusting; it breaks apart very easily. Note: all fur is still attached [besides the little amounts I pulled out], there are no bald spots!
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Other than his almost excesive scratcing, he eats fine, he drinks fine, he walks fine. He acts completely fine. However, I've heard that they do act healthy when they are not sometimes for defence from predators. Is this true?

Please help! Piggie might be ill.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-23-2008, 05:20 AM
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I think you should take him to a vet. It could be mites. If it is mites it should be relatively easy to treat. At least with my bunny it was simple.
It is true that prey animals often hide their illness until it is too late.

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Yes, please get your pig to the vet, it does sound like mites, and he's probably in terrible pain. In the future, don't let an animal have a condition for nearly a month before seeking help!

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I wasn't aware of how bad his condition could get, but it did worsen a lot! As I noticed it all over his back really.

Some people are saying it might be Vitamin C deffinciency, some say it might be scruvy, others say it might be mites! I really just don't know what it is cause everyone is saying dif. things. =P
Well I have to get him to the vets probably, but I don't have a car [not old enough anyways] and mom refuses to take me. Poor piggie might have to wait until I can convince someone to take me! =(

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Can you take a taxi or other forms of public transportation or something? I don't have a car either but there is a taxi survice that doesn't mind having pets in the car as long as they are in a carrier. Also, some train lines allow pets as well.


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I wouldn't trust myself to do that.
Not many around here anyhow.
I'll just ask dad.

In fact I suppose I'll give them lots of vegies or fruit with vitamin c to see if their skin gets any better. Some people think it's vitamin c definicincy and so that is why. If it doesn't get better all 3 piggies will be sure to visit the vets.

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Scurvy and vitamin C deficiency are the same thing. And if you haven't been feeding them vegetables they could possibly have it. Fresh fruits and veggies are a very important part of a guinea pig's diet. However, if he does have such severe scurvy, he needs chewable vitamin C tablets to help him get better -- you won't be able to give him enough in vegetable form.

He also needs to be treated for mites, as a precaution. Mites are extremely common and invisible to the naked eye. Either way, this poor piggie is in a LOT of pain, and should see a vet for pain medication and possibly antibiotics if he's got open wounds.

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Scurvy and vitamin C deficiency are the same thing. And if you haven't been feeding them vegetables they could possibly have it. Fresh fruits and veggies are a very important part of a guinea pig's diet. However, if he does have such severe scurvy, he needs chewable vitamin C tablets to help him get better -- you won't be able to give him enough in vegetable form.

He also needs to be treated for mites, as a precaution. Mites are extremely common and invisible to the naked eye. Either way, this poor piggie is in a LOT of pain, and should see a vet for pain medication and possibly antibiotics if he's got open wounds.
alright I'll have to see the vets.
As for the other guinea pigs they seem to have minor case...very minor almost not noticable. I will probably only have the boy go into the vets as what I should do for one should be similar to the others.

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Take all three to the vets, they will all need treating as the vet will probably inject / administer cream to them ... GO TO THE VETS.. he is obviously gonna be in pain

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Yes, take all three to the vet. If it's mites, they're all going to need treatment, and if it's scurvy they're all going to need treatment.

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Take all three to the vets, they will all need treating as the vet will probably inject / administer cream to them ... GO TO THE VETS.. he is obviously gonna be in pain
I'll do so asap. I already know which vets I can take them to.

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Yes, take all three to the vet. If it's mites, they're all going to need treatment, and if it's scurvy they're all going to need treatment.
Okie dokie. [same as reply to above quote]

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