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    Flaky, hard, bloody skin.

    Hello,

    I recently discovered a small patch on Tundraís bum that is not covered by hair, large, flaky, dark, hard, and scabby. I do not know if this is mites, an infection, dry skin, or what. I am hoping on getting some insight on what it could be or if he needs immediate vet action. We rescued him so we do not know how old he is. He doesnít get along well with our other pigs and is kept separate so it could not be from them. Please help!!!
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    Re: Flaky, hard, bloody skin.

    I'd assume fungus to start with. Lotrimin is a good medication -- apply it sparingly twice daily with a q-tip and rub it in well. Do this for several days, and if you don't see any improvement, post back here and we'll try something different. If it does improve, then keep applying it even after the hair starts to grow back -- fungus can be hard to get rid of.

    Does he scratch the area?

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    Re: Flaky, hard, bloody skin.

    He does scratch it. The area has a little bit of bloody scabs. I purchased the Lotrimin over the weekend and have began to give it to him. Should I take him to the vet? Also the medication doesnít sting or hurt him in any way right? He wasnít happy with me applying it or even touching the area. His fur is falling out more and more. I just want to help him): hopefully this works. Thank you for the help

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    Re: Flaky, hard, bloody skin.

    He wouldn't be happy with you applying it. Mites make pigs very grumpy and reluctant to be touched, but it needs to be done for you to apply the medicine. Also, the liquid may make the mites temporarily more active, so the pigs feels the irritation more than usual.

    You can always go to the vet, but unless this turns out to be a very stubborn case, it's something you can treat yourself for much less money than a vet visit. It'll take a few days to take effect, but if the problem is fungus, you should begin to see some improvement by the end of the week.

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    Re: Flaky, hard, bloody skin.

    Hello, my other guinea pig now has something near his eye. Is this the same thing? His other eye is crusty but his right looks bloody. It didn’t look like this yesterday. This pig had a poke in his eye a month ago and needed drops from the vet. But in the opposite eye. Please help! Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: Flaky, hard, bloody skin.

    It looks fungal to me.

    Did you apply an antifungal cream to your other pig? If so, did it help?

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    Re: Flaky, hard, bloody skin.

    That’s what I thought too. Yes I used the cream on Tundra the first pig who got it and it seems to be much better! Thank you for that information on the cream. I will try to use that on ollys eye to prevent more spreading. Do you have any tips to getting the medication on his eye easier? He’s very squirmy and when I had to give him eye drops for his scratch and it took me almost an hour to do it every time. ):

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    Re: Flaky, hard, bloody skin.

    You'll just have to hold him firmly. Grasp his head behind his jaw, so his jaw won't get yanked out of place if he jerks his head, and hold on for dear life. He'll think you're killing him, but you'll both survive.

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    Re: Flaky, hard, bloody skin.

    Iíve managed to get it on him, but he keeps scratching it off and the scab. Now itís like an open wound. I donít know if I should continue the cream or use something to help it heal): Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: Flaky, hard, bloody skin.

    Help! Olly my same pig who is always prone to something has a big numb on his nose/head that also is giving him a hoppy crusty eye. I don’t know what happened! I open someone has an idea or knows if I should take him to the vet.! Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: Flaky, hard, bloody skin.

    It looks like fungus, and ordinarily you could treat it yourself with something like Lotrimin. But because it's so close to the eye, and you can't get Lotrimin in his eye, you will need to take him to the vet. Just be sure to see an exotic vet -- small animal vets mean cats and dogs, and they're not trained in the care of pocket pets.

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