Ringworm In Guinea Pigs
Ringworm is highly contagious among guinea pigs. This fungal disease can be acquired by direct contact with infected cavies or from surfaces or items that have been contaminated with fungal spores. Typical symptoms include bald patches that usually begin on the face, head, around the ears, eyes, and nose, and eventually spread to the rest of the body, especially the back. The most common cause of ringworm in guinea pigs is the fungus Trichophyton mentagrophytes.
In most cases, the infection generally resolves on its own with proper care and nutrition coupled with keeping the cavy’s environment clean. Ringworm is zoonotic, which means other members of the household, that is, people and pets, can get the it from infected cavies. To protect yourself and other pets, precautions must be observed when handing an infected cavy.
Although the symptoms are conclusive of a ringworm infection, your vet care Columbia, MD may choose to use ultraviolet light and and perform a laboratory analysis of skin scrapings from the cavy before prescribing treatment.