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    Guinea pig with skin problems & question about medicine

    We have two female guinea pigs- Paprika and Molly. Earlier this summer we noticed that Molly had a small bald patch on her left side. We started reading online about possible causes: mites, cysts, etc. We gave her ivermectin- 3 doses once every 10 days from mid August to the 1st week of September. Molly weighs about 1260 grams and we gave her about 0.0625cc of the ivermectin each time, behind the ears.
    But Molly's bald patch got bigger, and we noticed a new one starting on her right side. And around the bald patch on her left side: there are some very short hairs that look like they have been chewed off. I do notice Molly scratching herself every day, although not constantly. She has not scratched to the point of bleeding or scarring. Other than that, she acts like her normal piggy self- she gets excited for her meals each day and sounds the alarm squeaking for veggies. Also, her sister Paprika doesn't have this problem- no hair loss at all.
    We finally took her to the vet yesterday. Since we had already given her the ivermectin, the vet didn't think it was mites. She also said that she couldn't feel any cysts.
    So the vet told us to give Molly another medicine: prednisolone, which she said should decrease any itchiness/discomfort that is causing her to scratch. We're supposed to give this to her twice a day for two weeks and see if it works... but I was just reading online about prednisolone and I'm wondering if it is safe to give to my piggy? Has anyone here used it before to treat a guinea pig with skin problems?
    Sorry I don't have any pictures to post right now. I need to charge my camera's batteries, but I'll try to post a picture soon.

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    Re: Guinea pig with skin problems & question about medicine

    Here are some pictures of our little Molly. We would appreciate any advice.
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    Re: Guinea pig with skin problems & question about medicine

    Hi - here is a great reference for medications: http://www.guinealynx.info/analgesics.html

    The small hairs could be new hairs growing in, not chewed off. The second pic does not show any signs of scratching. It seems there should be more visible signs if this is from scratching. http://www.guinealynx.info/hairloss.html

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    Re: Guinea pig with skin problems & question about medicine

    Did your vet say ovarian cyst is a possibility?

    ETA: Opps just read that your vet ruled out cyst!

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    Re: Guinea pig with skin problems & question about medicine

    Typically....balding in that area, is a sign of ovarian cysts.

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    Re: Guinea pig with skin problems & question about medicine

    Seeing as the skin(from what I can see) is healthy, I would be leaning torwards hormonal hair loss. Cushings disease is one of them. I wonder if even a small cyst could cause such a hairloss?

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    Re: Guinea pig with skin problems & question about medicine

    Guinea Lynx has great reasons on hair loss. Have you noticed if her sister Paprika has been chewing that area? She might be "barbering" or maybe even "self barbering" for some reason.

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    Re: Guinea pig with skin problems & question about medicine

    You have to be careful anytime you give a steroid (prednisilone is a steroid) as it can cause issues with fat deposits and what not. If the vet ruled out cysts and mites, I'd be looking at other hormonal imbalances, or possibly self barbering. I have one that barbers, but not to the skin.

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    Re: Guinea pig with skin problems & question about medicine

    None of the cavy savvy vets I took my girl to could feel any cysts either, but she had many, many small & medium sized ovarian cysts. So many that the vet couldn't safely do a complete spay because of the risk of heavy bleeding & only removed her ovaries. I should also add that she only had hairloss on one side which didn't show up until a year after the cysts probably developed.

    I wouldn't rule out ovarian cysts without an ultrasound.

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