How To Check Your Guinea Pigs' Hair

Start off by holding your guinea pig on your lap. The principle things you’re examining are the consistency and the cleanliness of your guinea pig’s coat. Once you’ve got a good idea of the general condition of your guinea pig’s hair, then you can give them an examination for some particular problems that guinea pigs can suffer from.

It’s important to be aware of what parasites guinea pig’s coats may have living in them, so that you know what you should be looking for. The main parasites that affect guinea pigs are mange, static lice and running lice. Mange is caused by mites and fungus. Static lice and running lice are lice and mites respectively. All can cause discomfort and stress to your pets, so it’s important to part the coat and have a good look for these things when you give them a health check.

even young guinea pigs have lots of hair
Guinea pigs can suffer from a lot of different parasites

If your guinea pig has bald spots, then this could be due to mange mites or a fungal infection, both of which are easily treatable with a special shampoo. Many owners assume that guinea pigs lose their hair as they get older, but this isn’t true. Any loss of hair in guinea pigs that isn’t behind the ears should be investigated. An exception is that sometimes guinea pigs may have a bald patch on their behind, caused by the substance they use to mark their territory. This is normal, especially in boars, but if it looks a bit sore then there might be another underlying problem.

Guinea pig’s hair loss can also be caused by … guinea pigs. Guinea pigs can sometimes chew off each other’s or their own hair, in a behaviour known as barbering. Barbering can be caused by boredom, stress, and lack of roughage like hay. Keep supplying hay, and try and provide some objects of interest for your guinea pigs and see if this helps.

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Tessa, 27 January 2020

I am scared cause My Guinea Pig doesnt Have the amount Of fur On his Belly and His feet That He should Have! What can i do Maybe I can take him to the Vet Or Something I dont know!!

Tiffany, 24 January 2020

My guinea pig I have has a bald spot above his butt and one on his side it's pink and some sore places that's scabbed over

Mia, 6 January 2020

I have recently noticed that my Guinean pig Butter, who is 10 months old, has recently gained some black hair. He is a cream and white colored guinea pig, and he has never had black hair until now. Is an illness causing this? If it is, what should I do? I’m worried about my sweet little baby boy.

Oop, 30 November 2019

I'm confused as to why my guinea pig has missing patches of fur all down the same line, she has little white bugs crawling around the top of her head too. I'm concerned for my little child.

Elizabeth, 7 November 2019

Hi . I just noticed a small bald patch on my guinea pigs ear . I inspected the spot and see just a small scab but it looks like it could be from him scratching. He does not do it often . There is no redness or anything out of the ordinary inside ear or about bald spot . I have another pig as well . Could he have caused this by scratching or should I be concerned

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