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greasy pig?

Mulengro

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i've noticed my older male's coat seems to be a little greasy to the touch, is this sweat? do guinea pigs sweat? or is it some fungus? or some other such ailment? or is it natural? thanks!

-mulengro
 

mom to cujo

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There is a gland right where a tail would be if they had a tail that does excrete a grease-like substance. i does require cleaning on occassion. I just gave Cujo his first bath for the same reason, but I have had the vet clean it before with a bit of peroxide on a cotton ball. A damp mildly soaped and watered cloth should do just as well.
 

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The condition of the coat is a very good indicator of general heath - if it's dull and greasy then it's best to get them checked out at the vet. It could indicate something like a fungal skin condition or something like an infection which is making them run down and making their fur become in poor condition (or stopping them from grooming properly). Definitely best to get any change like that checked out.
 

Mulengro

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yeah i'm taking both my pigs in next week, monday i think. thanks for the tip!

-mulengro
 
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