I have recently adopted two female piggies that have been doing really well until recently. I've been looking at the info provided on the main site for help and advice, and was thinking about joining the forums. Unfortunately, I have ended up having to introduce myself at a not so good time.
Mayahuel and Oxomo are my guineas. Below is a picture of what they look like normally. I assume they're both younger (typical pet store age?). Mayahuel had a slightly irritated looking eye about a week after coming home, but I figured she may have just bumped it against some hay, and it cleared up after a day or two. When I was checking on her today however, I noticed that she is now missing some fur on the opposite side of here face.
Here is a picture of what is going on with Mayahuel's face.
I've done a bit of digging around on the internet and I think the best candidate is probably a fungal infection. I wanted to get opinions from you guys in case there may be details that I am missing. Oxomo seems to not have anything on her at all, but I will be checking on both of them frequently. Neither appear to be suffering from a loss of appetite, nor are they acting aggressive to each other. I've got them bedded on fleece, and they have access to pellet food, papaya treats, and timothy hay, as well as a water dish that I make sure to clean frequently.
Thank you all in advance for any help or advice. I just got these girls, but I want to take as good care of them as possible. Should I separate them, and if so, what is the best way to do this? i just have one
Right now I am leaning towards getting an ointment of some sort. Have any of yo had experience with using these? good news is that i've got them in a fairly large home right now, but the material is pretty easy to clean. I've already begun to rewash all of their spare fleece and towels too.
As I understand, it takes a little while for the ointment to actual get rid of all the fungus. I also got them the recommended dandruff/antifungal shampoo to bathe with, and will be able to start them on it tomorrow night. I will also be doing the ointment twice a day.
Do you know if the spot will still likely increase in size when you start the cream, or should I be alarmed if it does so after a day or so?
Also it's good to hear that the spot shouldn't grow. I've applied the ointment twice so far, though to be honest Mayahuel is making it a fight. Luckily I've been able to get my roommate to help out with the process. Any advice on how to have her be more calm when I'm applying it?
Also, I got some Nizoral for them as well. I am hoping I won't have to end up using it (The info said to use it if the infection is on the trunk), but if I see any signs of spreading I will probably give it a shot. Thank you all so much for the help!
Besides applying antifungal cream, provide your new piggies with good, varied food, plenty of spaces to feel safe and comfortable, and they wil get better in no time.
What is the seedy looking thing in the picture of your two guinea pigs?
If you haven't read the dietary guidelines on the site, this is a good place to start:
And to simplify:
@Lynx: And thanks to you for taking care of the images. I'm guessing you guys have a lot of trouble with photobucket dropping the images through time?
The seed things are treat bars. They're these here. https://www.chewy.com/kaytee-forti-diet-pro-health-honey/dp/ ... gclsrc=aw.ds
Looking through the information you provided on food, I see that seed treats are not actually reccomended? I've been giving those sparingly but I will stop if they really are bad for the Guineas. Why would this be the case? (I already knew to avoid the yogurt covered ones. Didn't seem right feeding something like that to an herbivore) And while we're on the topic, do you see the little chew wheel in the corner of the picture? They're not mineral/salt wheels, but a flavored chew wheel that was marketed as being something hard for them to chew on. They've loved the "Banana" flavored one so far. Do you think something like that is fine, or should I take them out?
@bpatters: I will try that tonight, thank you. I was able to apply some by myself last night and this morning, but she's struggling against it pretty hard. I think she can feel the q-tip on her whiskers and it freaks her out.
Thank you guys again for all the information, help and advice!
The seed treats list:
There are too many red flags in this product. Corn especially is a poor feed. And peanuts? Raisins? Honey? Corn Sugar? Put them on your do-not--buy list.Nutritional Info
Sunflower, Small Yellow Corn, Milo, White Millet, Oat Groats, Wheat, Shelled Peanuts, Peas,Toasted Wheat Flakes, Pumpkin Seed, Gelatin, Raisins, Honey, Corn Sugar, Sun-Cured Alfalfa Meal, Ground Corn, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Ground Oats, Ground Rice, Wheat Middlings, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Ground Flax Seed, Cane Molasses, Salt, Algae Meal (Source of DHA), Corn Gluten Meal, Fructooligosaccharide, Soy Oil, Vitamin A Supplement, Choline Chloride, Yeast Extract, Dl-Methionine, L-Lysine, Magnesium Oxide, Potassium Chloride, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Mixed Tocopherols (a Preservative), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Propionic Acid (a Preservative), Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Rosemary Extract, Citric Acid, Cholecalciferol (Source of Vitamin D3), Calcium Pantothenate, L-Carnitine, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Calcium Iodate, Biotin, Cobalt Carbonate, Sodium Selenite, Dried Bacillus Licheniformis Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Product, Artificial Colors.
Yes, photobucket images disappear. To conserve space on the server, I don't have people randomly uploading pictures. Many people don't know how to manipulate them and could upload giant/fuzzy/inappropriate pictures. I look for permission to use clear medical pictures and crop and resize them from the originals.
I've come with an update, though I am uncertain on what it means. Here is a picture of what she's looking like now. (Feel free to officially add the photo Lynx). It doesn't appear to be actually larger, and it's really hard to tell, but we4 think that the black stuff in the upper right corner may be hair starting to grow back? She's still got what appears to be a fair bit of blood on the area, though we're not sure if that may just be dried.
We checked her cage-mate Oxomo last night (She was humping Mayahuel. I think they're establishing dominance.) to see if she could be a male (Not thankfully!), and while we were at it we checked to see if she had anything. She appears clean, and Mayahuel doesn't have any other spots on her, though her eye on that side is looking a bit crummy. It's not got any secretions or gunk, I think she's just stressed from having to be handled for her ointment.
That's the status update. What do you guys think?
I'll go add your new pic (thanks).