Thanks guys for helping (here´s presuming you will;)).
I would just read the Guinea Lynx page on parasites (click on button above, select "Parasites" from the index). There is a link to flea advice on it too. Personally, I would use topical ivermectin. It will take care of most of this type of parasite (not 100% sure about the fleas though).
Tried the blood test, to no avail. Does this mean they aren´t fleas?
Went to the feed store today to get some shampoo or something. Didn´t find anything intended for small animals, so I asked the bloke serving, who took me to the dog shampoos. He did alot of "umming and ahhing", and then read the label, trying to find out if it was safe for guinea pigs. Didn´t find anything on the label, so he rang a vet, who also owns the company that makes the brand of shampoo he was "umming and ahhing" over, and the vet told him that the best bet would be to use bird lice and mite spray, so that´s what I´ve come home with. He said that if it didn´t work, then he might be able to order in some intended for small animals. Nice bloke.
Just wondering, will the spray work? What should I do to make sure their cages are pest-free?
You could try and find ´Animal Science Mite and Mange Spray for Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Rats and Mice´. I buy it at the petshop and have used it to successfully treat my rat for lice. My flatmate has also used it on her pet mice and I´ve used it on the pigs too, with no ill effects. It´s pyrethrin based so works for lice (although does bugger all for mites). Just spray it on the animal (mind the eyes and ears) and repeat if necessary.
Mind you, Advantage sounds like it would be more thorough in eradicating lice, so there you go.
Take a look at :
A search on Google.com under Australia and ivermectin seems to show some of the testing was even done there.
I am confident you can track it down somewhere.
They also were selling Advantage right there at the front counter.
Perhaps some of our other Aussie friends know of where you can get some?
- Slug Whisperer
We adopted a pig from a family that had neglected him and he was covered in lice (white tiny moving bugs) and 3 doses of ivermectin and a couple of good shampooing´s cleared up the problem.
We used a shampoo that was espically made for bunnies and guinea pigs (the name of it escapes me).
I know people that also use Advantage on their pigs and it does a good job of keeping them "bug free".
I haven´t run into any brown specks in the coat problems though. Good luck.
More likely to be a type of mite or fleas if they aren´t white. Fleas will jump and resist crushing with your fingers, they have hard bodies. Mites have soft bodies and are much smaller.
I get ivermectin from my vet - enough to treat 7 pigs cost me about $8! Although I did pay a consultation fee on top. The only ivermectin I could find at the feedstore was for cattle, and came in a 50 litre tub!
I had my arms full of hay and was in a hurry so could not check the dosage level but they had a range, including one for kittens, which I imagine would be most appropriate.
It´s a bit pricey (around $35); not sure how much there is.
What area of Sydney are you in? I´m in the Inner West.
Thanks for that Alfie, we have a Pets Paradise not far from here, so I´ll have to check it out. I live in the southern suburbs of Sydney.
You´re quite persistant pinta, I´ll credit you with that! Like I said, I´ll check it out.