How Do Indoor Guinea Pigs Get Mites? Yes, guinea pigs can most definitely get mites from hay, as well as bedding, food and even toys. This is because the parasites can live for up to three weeks without a host. Unsuspecting cavies can quickly become infected if exposed to parasites in their hay or grass.
How did my guinea pigs get mites? The two common guinea pig fur mites are Trixacarus caviae (sarcoptic mange mite) and Chirodiscoides caviae. Your guinea pig may acquire these fur mites from other infested guinea pigs that she comes in contact with or from previously contaminated bedding. Mites can affect a guinea pig of any age or sex.
How do you keep guinea pigs from getting mites? While you can’t always prevent a compromised immune system or contact with other infected materials, you can take steps to reduce the risk of a mite infestation greatly. First, keep your guinea pig’s cage and living environment clean and sanitary at all times, keeping a regular schedule to ensure maximum cleanliness.
How do I know if my guinea pig has mites? The first sign of a mite infestation is when your guinea pig begins scratching frequently. Occasional itches and skin irritation caused by hay or bedding dust are commonplace, but if your guinea pig has extended scratching fits or seems to be perpetually uncomfortable, it may be due to mites.
Does my guinea pig have mites or lice?
If you notice that your guinea pig seems to have dust in its fur, it might have static mites. Try blowing or brushing away the dust – if it doesn’t move, your guinea pig likely has static mites. Check for bald patches. If your guinea pig has bald patches and is biting its skin, it likely has sarcoptic mites.
Can you treat guinea pig mites at home?
Both static mites and sarcoptic mites can be treated with Beaphar Anti-Parasite Spot On for Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Ferrets and Rats or Beaphar Anti-Mange Spray.
How often do you treat guinea pigs for mites?
Treatment. Mite infestations are generally treated with ivermectin by injection, orally, or topically (usually placed on the skin behind the ears because the fur is so thick). Two or more doses spaced 7 to 10 days apart are required.