Guinea pig skincare should ALWAYS be carried out by RESPONSIBLE ADULTS. We DO NOT recommend that guineas with skin problems are treated by children, either with Veterinary products or our own products.
Check out our photo gallery and see what some of the most common skin problems look like if you aren't sure.
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- Pregnant sows: ONLY use the products recommended as being suitable and not containing Essential Oils.
- Guineas under 12 weeks of age: ONLY use the products recommended as being suitable for Mini-Pigs (Mini-Pig Shampoo / Lotions / Creams / Gels and MicroNeem). Guineas under 12 weeks of age should not need to be bathed unless they have a skin problem.
- Small areas of Fungal skin (eg around the face / eyes / ears): Kwench Lotion or if there are thick crusts, Super Souffle Cream.
- Large areas of Fungal skin: CocoNeem Melt / Manuka & Neem Shampoo / Kwench Lotion or if there are thick crusts, Super Souffle Cream.
- Lice / External Parasites: Lice ‘n’ Easy Shampoo.
- Mouth / Nose Sores: F & M Ointment (formerly Happy Soles Ointment).
- Ringworm: MicroNeem / Manuka & Neem Shampoo / Kwench Lotion.
- Sore Feet: Perfect Paws Ointment where there is just a small amount of redness / tenderness or hard, cracked skin.
- Bumblefoot: F & M Ointment (formerly Happy Soles Ointment). Can also be used on ears where there are thick crusts from a Fungal infection.
- Crusty Nipples: Perfect Paws Ointment or Super Souffle Cream.
- Mange Mites: MUST be treated with Ivermectin by your Vet. Most will now recommend Xeno 50 or Xeno 450 which are spot-on products instead of painful injections. Always follow the instructions carefully. Ivermectin is a very effective product and if your piggy is not showing signs of improvement within a couple of days, he may have a Fungal problem. Guineas often get Fungal and Parasitic skin problems at the same time. If this is the case, use the CocoNeem Melt / Manuka & Neem Shampoo / Lavender & Myrrh Lotion as above. You MUST leave 48 hours in-between using Ivermectin and these products on your guinea so that you don’t overload their little bodies.
- Open surface wounds: Aloe Vera Gel can help to keep the skin moist whilst the healing process starts. Check out our Article: 3 Steps To Natural Wound Management.
- Preventative Maintenance: Guineas bathed every 4-6 weeks and kept in the correct environment and on appropriate bedding (ie not wood shavings / sawdust) are less likely to get skin problems. Guineas under 12 weeks of age should not need to be bathed unless they have a skin problem. If the guinea has never had a skin problem, use one of the Conditioning Shampoos, if the guinea has had skin problems, use the Manuka & Neem Shampoo instead. Check out these Top Tips for more information.
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