Skin complaints are sadly an all too common issue for pet guinea pigs. Find out what you need to do to keep your piggies comfortable, healthy and itch-free
Posted: 04 November 2019
Gorgeous guinea pigs are susceptible to a number of skin complaints, which is why owners of these chatty cavies need to be vigilant and keep a close eye on their pets. Constant scratching is a warning sign and it’s vital to check for dry or flaky skin around ears, nose or mouth, spots or lesions, or fur coming out in clumps. These symptoms signal that an immediate trip to the vet is required.
Read more about the regular checks to carry out to keep your piggies in the best of health here >>
Check out Dr Suzanne Moyes healthcare advice for guinea pigs here >>
It’s thought that a key reason for skin problems is because, in the wild, guinea pigs live in a dry climate in the Andes region of South America. When kept as pets, their sensitive skin cannot always cope with the humidity they often experience. That’s why, to help your piggies stay healthy, good housekeeping and regular grooming are a must.
Grooming is a vital part of the routine care of guinea pigs. Long-haired varieties need daily grooming as their coats can quickly become matted and uncomfortable. Regular grooming is also a great way to bond with your small pets so they learn to relax and enjoy your gentle attention – and it gives you the opportunity to check their overall health and spot if something isn’t right.
For more tips, read our guinea pig grooming guide here >>
Keeping your piggies’ accommodation dry is essential throughout the year. Damp and dirty bedding creates the ideal environment for bacteria, fungi and other harmful things to thrive in, which ups the chances of your pets developing a nasty skin condition.
Paying particular attention to your guinea pigs’ environment and feeding them the right food will help keep their skin in tip-top condition. Happy piggies!
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Sources: pets4homes.co.uk, netvet.co.uk, bluecross.org