As a guinea pig owner you may have heard of fungal infections. These can occur on any mammal – so don’t think that because you have a guinea pig, this pet is more prone to them.
Fungal spores can be spread from one mammal to another so this is one of the reasons why it is important to practise good hygiene.
So what is a fungal condition?
A fungal condition can occur on a guinea pig as a result of fungal spores. The first sign of a problem could be any of the following:
– Hair falling out with peices of skin still attached
– white scaly /flakey areas of skin
– a hardened whitish area raised in the fur of your guinea pig
Fungal spores cause piggies to become itchy, scaly and loose hair which results in great discomfort and your piggie potentially dying.
What causes a fungal problem?
Fungal spores can be airborn and can be trasmitted from virtually every mammal. You (or your guinea pig) can easily harbour a group of these spores and you will not notice any problem or issue. In the case of your guinea pig, when the conditions are just right, such as damp and humid times, or a decrease in their immune system – fungal conditions can flare and become an enormous problem.
How to keep my piggie fungal free?
In rescue I see this all the time where cages are kept dirty and guinea pigs are walking in dirty wet faeces laiden cages – fungal will be rife. In other instances where they have ill health or mites, fungal will alway be a secondary condition taking hold. Some guinea pigs will be more prone to fungal if they have very thick coats and humidity is high. This causes a perfect enviroment for fungal to thrive.
So it is important that you:
– keep your guinea pigs cage clean
– change with fresh regular bedding that removes the moisture away from them, at all times.
– Check them regularly to ensure that there is no sign of anything occuring. As part of checking them regularly – make sure that you check their ears. Inside and out.
Now watch this video on how to identify and check for fungal!