Interesting article came in my email from Guinea Pig Medicine WA advising that guinea pigs need to be wormed.
Has anyone heard of this pin worm and do we need to be concerned?
New Research Suggests Worming Guinea Pigs
'Pin Worm' Found Inside Guinea Pigs
New research suggests a worm found inside Guinea Pigs can be the cause behind gut upsets and bloat. This worm is named the 'Pin Worm' and can be diagnosed with a simple faecal test. It is currently advised to medicate only if the worm is found present in your guinea pig, ongoing preventative treatment is not considered applicable at this stage.
We do treat with revolution or ivermectin because lice seems to be a really prevalent occurrence with piggies here in our area. Most that come in have it, most come from owners that got them from petstores that likely got the lice from the pet mills or even the petstores because of the horrific hygiene protocols they have.
I would imagine if you keep them outdoors then you would be more susceptible to them. Another great reason to keep them indoors!
- Supporter in 2014
Back when I was doing my Rodent Health Advisor course with the CCT in 2009 (I think) they were talking about it then.
They recommend a product called Panacur.
I don't work my pigs, but have tried it before on one of my boys many years ago when he was suffering with some unknown problem that was affecting his skin and makes his eyes dull and crusty. It didn't fix him but it didn't hurt him.