How Do I Know If My Guinea Pig Has Fungus? Symptoms. The major symptom associated with ringworm in guinea pigs is bald patches. These usually begin around the head, and may have red, flaky patches in them. The bald patches are first seen on the nose, ears, and around the eyes, but can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated.
What does a fungal infection on a guinea pig look like? Lesions are usually found around the head area and typical show hair loss, with crusting and scabbing. You will find that the hair falls out very easily at the edges of the lesions. If it is a mild case, it is usually not itchy. If the case is more severe, it can spread to other areas of the body and become itchy.
How do guinea pigs get a fungal infection? Fungal skin infection (ringworm) in guinea pigs is most often caused by Trichophyton mentagrophytes. This infection is contagious to people and animals directly or through contaminated objects like bedding.
How do you treat fungus on guinea pigs feet? You want to give the animals a bath as well. Put a small bowl in the sink to put the pigs in use lukewarm water. Put a bunch of the shampoo in a layer of water enough to cover the feet and soak the feet first for about 10 minutes. Then lather them up real good and let the shampoo sit for 2 minutes and then rinse.
How do I know if my guinea pig has an infection?
Infected guinea pigs may be off food, have discharge from the eyes or nose, sneeze, or have trouble breathing. Cultures of the ocular (eye) and nasal discharge can be taken to identify the causative organism so that the appropriate antibiotics can be prescribed.