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Parasites Is this normal?

lilsoldier218

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Hey I have a 2x3 c&c cage I just built today and was looking for a pair of guinea pigs and this one adoption center I went to, said the female pigs had lice and were being treated so I wont be able to get them until then. I thought lice cant live on things for more then 48 hours so are you sure this isn't mites? Any help would be necessary and if so I could call them and ask them if its mites. I just want to get my piggies to my home as fast as possible. Their so little and cute.
 
You can kill the lice but also need to be sure the cycle doesn't continue once any eggs hatch so you have to be sure you have them treated properly and follow the recommended quarantine. Lice are species specific. "You" can't catch lice from the guinea pigs but the lice or their eggs can get on you, and you can transmit them to your other pigs.
 
Human lice can't live on things other than humans for more than 48 hours which I think might be what you are thinking of.

Guinea pigs get guinea pig lice, just like other humans get human lice from other humans. Your guinea pig can't give you lice and you can't give your guinea pig lice. Although the lice could live ON you for 48 hours or the other way around.

They probably don't want to let the guinea pigs leave until they are positive the problem has been fully treated, which actually is a good deal for you because you wont have to deal with that either. Like other people have stated, lice would be killed by treatment but then you have to get all of the eggs as well.

I think it is a good sign that they are doing that. They are ensuring the animal has been treated for any problems and that the treatment has been fully effective/administered in the proper way at the proper times. And I believe, someone correct me if I am wrong, but the same treatment is used for lice as is for mites anyway but they are two different things.
 
Okay sounds good. Should i still take him to the vet to make sure she still dosent have them? Is their any way to check myself.
 
Okay sounds good. Should i still take him to the vet to make sure she still dosent have them? Is their any way to check myself.

Lice will be visible, mites will not be. Scratching is a good sign, as well as dandruff. The link posted in the other response to guinea lynx is going to be better advice for signs of mites and lice though.

Generally, I would take my guinea pig in for a check-up to rule out any kind of health concerns. However, I guess that is kind of your call. Are you going through a shelter or a rescue? You said adoption center I think so I'm a little unclear what that means.

Also, do you know how your guinea pig is being treated for lice? I would ask if you do not, and find out how many treatments spanned over how many days. This will tell you if it has been done properly. If they have done it properly I wouldn't worry about the lice or mites. It would be up to you if you wanted them checked out for other possible problems with a quick check-up. Mine for example was $35 and it made me feel better to know everything was as it should be.
 
Okay sounds good. Tommorow im going to call the animal shelter and see what their using to treat them and the span of treatment. Should i ask to see if it gets rid of mites to?
 
What happened with this pig?
 
I have her now. She had lice that was treated and I made sure to check before I left the place. She's nice and healthy now.
 
So the adoption center was really a pet shop?

Okay.
 
Nope my cousin was telling me to ask about his guinea pig. His is from a petshop, mines from waterloo shelter!
 
Just the other day you were saying you got a pig from a pet shop. Now it's from the Waterloo shelter?
 
Just the other day you were saying you got a pig from a pet shop. Now it's from the Waterloo shelter?

Yes I rememnber this also. You were very proud of it too.

Yea I got her from a pet store. It wasn't any big pet store just a small local one. I looked in every shelter in the Rochester area and only found a older one. I wanted a pair of females anyways and the place has 3 more girls left. I'm thinking about getting her a sister. My girl is 7weeks old and the hay is oxbow alfalfa hay(super green color). And the pellets are oxbow cavy performance. They all have been to the vet and they are good. I was their looking for them and they were in their vet part of the store...Idk what to call it.

Yea first off i dont care or want to hear about the complaining that a bought it from a pet store. I said I looked at the four shelters in my area and only one of them had a guinea pig and it was 3 yrs old and a male. I wanted a baby female so i decided to take it out of the pet store. And i did look about the gritty is bad smooth is good but I didn't know about the calcium. I'm sorry i have a life and im not on a forum 24/7. Im sorry ill scan every thread every day untill I know everything! Thanks for your help tho...ha
 
Keep hating. Thats all you got. At first sight i saw that pig i loved her. And shes the cutiest thing ever and i chose to take her away from a terrible envirement. And i looked at four diffrent shelters. But keep going and hop off!
 
Keep hating. Thats all you got. At first sight i saw that pig i loved her. And shes the cutiest thing ever and i chose to take her away from a terrible envirement. And i looked at four diffrent shelters. But keep going and hop off!

Ok, I am confused. This pig that is the subject of this thread, is it the same one from the pet store? I really think that you need to get your story straight. :)
 
Keep hating. Thats all you got. At first sight i saw that pig i loved her. And shes the cutiest thing ever and i chose to take her away from a terrible envirement. And i looked at four diffrent shelters. But keep going and hop off!

im not being horrible, but maybe people dont want to say they brought thier guinea pig from a pet shop as they dont want to be 'told off' for buying them at a pet shop. i know what lilsoilder means,
BEFORE i joined this site i brought my 2 guineas from a pet shop, there is nothing at all wrong with them in the slighest and ive had them nearly over a year now. then i found this site and learnt about buying from pet shops and swore i wouldnt do it again, however i popped into the shop with a friend to buy some bits for her dog, and noticed and i a girl piggie in the cage on her own looking scared with no food or water and i just couldnt leave her, i was nearly in tears, and i dont regret it one bit! she is amazing, they have all been to the vet and our a good weight and healthy, nothing wrong with them and they are all little characters! i have since complained a few times to the manager and head office at the pet store and dont go in there anymore. i know she was just replaced with another guinea but i just couldnt help getting her and i dont support breeding or anything like that but i feel sorry for the pigs that end up in the pet shop, its not there fault and shouldnt just be left! every piggie deserves a great life!
 
It is one thing if you didn't know. It is another if you know about adoption and still buy from a pet store and support breeding mills.

If you are going to do that then at least have the guts to stand by your (poor) decision instead of lying.

That just makes you look worse.

Buying them does not help the guinea pigs. It only worsens the situation and contributes to more abuse and death.

I don't see how it is hating if we are just calling you on your lies.
 
Keep hating. Thats all you got. At first sight i saw that pig i loved her. And shes the cutiest thing ever and i chose to take her away from a terrible envirement. And i looked at four diffrent shelters. But keep going and hop off!

Sorry, I no understand this comment.
 
Yea okay i did lie right their but like i said why wouldn't i buy from a shelter or rescue? If they actually had guinea pigs i would of did it in a heartbeat. Then i would be giving them a great home and saving their life's. But after all of the websites i looked at, and the shelters i called, only one place had 1 pig and it was a male. I have already mentioned it. And they would be cheaper then a pet store, so its not like im supporting the pet store. I just want a pair of lovely girl guinea pigs. And the petstore i got them from only had one liter of guiena pigs and it was there first liter ever. I know that because its a local place and she said the breeder was done and they had all the pets checked because it has a built in vet store. So both my pig's are healthy as can be =D
 
You said they did have guinea pigs right there. They had a boar. You could have waited or tried rehoming ads rochester, NY pets classifieds "guinea" - craigslist

Petco and Petstupid claim to have theirs vet checked too but they are still sick and missexed. That doesn't mean squat.

I don't get what you are saying - you did support the pet store. You didn't save any lives but actually cost some.
 
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