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    very tiny black bugs on guinea pig

    I was petting one of my pigs today and I saw some very tiny black specks I look closer and I can see them moving! It looks like they are all over his butt. I would add pictures if I could but my dads camera is really cheap

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    Re: very tiny black bugs on guinea pig

    It sounds like fleas :(

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    Re: very tiny black bugs on guinea pig

    What should I do for fleas? No one in my family has got bitten yet... Should I just like give them a bath? I don't have any guinea pig shampoo

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    Re: very tiny black bugs on guinea pig

    read over the link I sent to you, it has plenty of suggestions for what you can do for fleas like the use of Kitten Advantage.

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    Re: very tiny black bugs on guinea pig

    Quote Originally Posted by GiuneaPigLover View Post
    read over the link I sent to you, it has plenty of suggestions for what you can do for fleas like the use of Kitten Advantage.
    I won't be able to buy anything at the moment. Could I like give them a bath with just warm water?

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    Re: very tiny black bugs on guinea pig

    Bathing doesn't do much to affect fleas unless the shampoo is medicated, and even then, it only affects adults. Flea treatments like advantage are the most effective for killing eggs and larvae. Water might wash away some of the fleas' waste, but it wouldn't drown or remove them.

    You could try to remove some with a very fine toothed comb, but at some point you will need to medicate.

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    Re: very tiny black bugs on guinea pig

    I am going to ask my dad to take me to the vet. It isn't a guinea pig vet but, the first visit is free and I could ask him to prescribe a guinea pig safe treatment. @bpatters or @CavyMama Do you know what guinea pig safe treatments would be?

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    Re: very tiny black bugs on guinea pig

    I have read about Revolution for Puppies and Kittens where would I get that? Do I get it from a vet or can I just go to a petstore and buy it?

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    Re: very tiny black bugs on guinea pig

    @CavyMama or @bpatters I might be taking them to the vet today so I would like to know if I will need to ask the vet for the Revolution for Puppies and Kittens

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    Re: very tiny black bugs on guinea pig

    What about like flea shampoos for kittens? Or squeaky clean guinea pig shampoo? would that work for fleas?

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    Re: very tiny black bugs on guinea pig

    No flea shampoos at all, they can be toxic for guinea pigs. The only special shampoo you could try is the Lice'n'Easy from Gorgeous Guineas, but it would have to ship from the UK. http://shop.gorgeousguineas.com/lice...-30ml-50-p.asp

    You can try bathing with Squeaky Clean but that's not going to kill all the bugs because you can't wash the piggie's face and there isn't anything toxic to insects in it.

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    Re: very tiny black bugs on guinea pig

    Quote Originally Posted by PandaPiggle View Post
    No flea shampoos at all, they can be toxic for guinea pigs. The only special shampoo you could try is the Lice'n'Easy from Gorgeous Guineas, but it would have to ship from the UK. http://shop.gorgeousguineas.com/lice...-30ml-50-p.asp

    You can try bathing with Squeaky Clean but that's not going to kill all the bugs because you can't wash the piggie's face and there isn't anything toxic to insects in it.
    My dad said that we can't take them to the vet.... What should I get for the fleas?

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    Re: very tiny black bugs on guinea pig

    You can get Kitten Advantage flea control. Also read the link for fleas I provided for you. It give you some things you can use.

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    very tiny black bugs on guinea pig

    The only problem @GiuneaPigLover is that Advantage II (which was reformulated in 2011 and is basically all they sell now) is not cavy safe - http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2488

    If you've got time, either order the Lice'n'Easy from Gorgeous Guineas, or get a flea comb and rubbing alcohol and follow the instructions from post #4 on this link: http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/...-fleas-on-pigs

    Also be aware that the fleas are on everything so you need to clean their cage like crazy and also all of the area around their cage, because if it is fleas and not lice then they can go after you as well.

    But better would be to take your pig to the vet and get Revolution, but it's Rx only in the U.S.
    Last edited by PandaPiggle; 07-17-15 at 04:44 pm. Reason: autocorrect typo on my phone

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    Re: very tiny black bugs on guinea pig

    Quote Originally Posted by PandaPiggle View Post
    The only problem @GiuneaPigLover is that Advantage II (which was reformulated in 2011 and is basically all they sell now) is not cavy safe - http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2488

    If you've got time, either order the Lice'n'Easy from Gorgeous Guineas, or get a flea comb and rubbing alcohol and follow the instructions from post #4 on this link: http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/...-fleas-on-pigs

    Also be aware that the fleas are on everything so you need to clean their cage like crazy and also all of the area around their cage, because if it is fleas and not lice then they can go after you as well.

    But better would be to take your pig to the vet and get Revolution, but it's Rx only in the U.S.
    I have read that a homemade citrus spray works for like beds and stuff. Would it be alright to use this in my room?

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    Re: very tiny black bugs on guinea pig

    Citronella or citrus? There's a difference and I know citronella hurts fleas, I'm not so sure about citrus. I think it's going to be a lot of vacuuming and washing anything that can be washed (sheets, towels, stuffed animals etc.), not just spraying a citrus spray, unless you go see an exotics vet and get confirmation as to whether your pig has fleas or lice, because if it's lice then you don't need to clean neurotically because they can't live without a live host.

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    Re: very tiny black bugs on guinea pig

    Quote Originally Posted by PandaPiggle View Post
    Citronella or citrus? There's a difference and I know citronella hurts fleas, I'm not so sure about citrus. I think it's going to be a lot of vacuuming and washing anything that can be washed (sheets, towels, stuffed animals etc.), not just spraying a citrus spray, unless you go see an exotics vet and get confirmation as to whether your pig has fleas or lice, because if it's lice then you don't need to clean neurotically because they can't live without a live host.
    I don't know the effectiveness, but many natural flea treatments are formulated with orange extract, cinnamon, clove, and a sulfate (detergent). I have no idea if these ingredients are cavy safe, but companies like Vet's Best make spray formulas out of these ingredients and I've heard positive anecdotes about them for dogs and cats.

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    Re: very tiny black bugs on guinea pig

    Quote Originally Posted by PandaPiggle View Post
    Citronella or citrus? There's a difference and I know citronella hurts fleas, I'm not so sure about citrus. I think it's going to be a lot of vacuuming and washing anything that can be washed (sheets, towels, stuffed animals etc.), not just spraying a citrus spray, unless you go see an exotics vet and get confirmation as to whether your pig has fleas or lice, because if it's lice then you don't need to clean neurotically because they can't live without a live host.
    Citrus. And I was planning on washing all the bedding and clothes in my room.

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    Re: very tiny black bugs on guinea pig

    I really want to get rid of the fleas. Since I can't take them to a vet my dad says if it comes down to it I will have to take my pigs to an animal shelter! I really don't want that to happen!!!

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