Ringworm In Guinea Pigs

ringworm-in-guinea-pigsGuinea pigs with ringworm have bald patches that usually begin on the face, head, around the ears, eyes, and nose, and eventually spread to the rest of the body, especially the back. Ringworm can be transmitted among guinea pigs by direct contact or from contaminated surfaces or items.

In most cases, ringworm infection in guinea pigs resolve on their own as long as they are given optimum care and maintaining clean and sanitary conditions. Take note that you and your other pets can get ringworm from infected guinea pigs, so be careful about handling your infected pet.

In guinea pigs, the most common cause of ringworm is the fungus Trichophyton mentagrophytes.

In addition to common signs of ringworm infection, your veterinarian may use other diagnostic tools, such as ultraviolet light and laboratory analysis of skin scrapings.

In severe cases, treatment involves a 5-6 week course of antifungal medication given orally. A few bald patches can be treated with antifungal topical ointment for at least 7-10 days. For more information pet clinic Buy Practice, click on the link.

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