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    My guinea pig had bald spots

    My pig Bacon has bald spots on her side, back of neck and butt. She isn't scratching them and they're not red or inflamed. What should I do?

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    Re: My guinea pig had bald spots

    Do you have any pictures of the affected areas? I don't know much about skin issues but pictures might help another user : )

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    Re: My guinea pig had bald spots

    Yes, do post pictures. It could be a vitamin deficiency.

    How old is the pig?

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    Re: My guinea pig had bald spots

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    Yes, do post pictures. It could be a vitamin deficiency.

    How old is the pig?
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    Re: My guinea pig had bald spots

    Does she live with another pig?

    I'd start with the assumption that it's a fungus, and treat for that. Get some Nystatin or Lotrimin and apply sparingly twice a day with a q-tip, rubbing it in well. Do this for a week or so and see what happens. If the bald spot gets larger, the switch to a triple antibiotic cream and treat the same way.

    We start with antifungal medicines first because antibiotics can sometimes make a fungal infection worse, whereas a fungal medication won't do anything to a bacterial infection.

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    Re: My guinea pig had bald spots

    She does live with 2 other pigs. Thank you SO much for your advice!

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    Re: My guinea pig had bald spots

    Then watch and make sure the others aren't barbering her. I don't think that's the problem, because the barbers don't usually do that good a job of getting ALL the hair in a spot off. But maybe.

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    Re: My guinea pig had bald spots

    I don't really think they would barber her but i'll keep watch, thank you!

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    Re: My guinea pig had bald spots

    UPDATE! I have taken her to the vet and they gave me some medicine to treat all of them and it seems to be working! thank you for all of your help!

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