How Do Guinea Pigs Get Ringworm?

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If you’re a guinea pig owner you might be wondering how your furry little friend could possibly get ringworm.

After all they’re so clean and cute! But the truth is any animal can get ringworm and it’s actually pretty common in guinea pigs.

Here’s what you need to know about this pesky fungal infection.

What Is Ringworm?

Ringworm is a fungal infection that can affect the skin hair and nails of both humans and animals.

It’s most commonly seen in cats and dogs but guinea pigs can get it too.

The fungus that causes ringworm lives in the environment and can be transmitted to animals (and people) through contact with contaminated surfaces.

Once the fungus is on the skin it can cause an itchy scaly rash to form.

How Do I Know If My Guinea Pig Has Ringworm?

The most common symptom of ringworm in guinea pigs is a circular patch of hair loss.

The hair in the affected area may look brittle or broken and the skin may be red inflamed and scaly.

If you suspect your guinea pig has ringworm it’s important to take them to the vet for a diagnosis.

The vet will likely do a skin scraping which can be examined under a microscope to confirm the presence of the fungus.

How Is Ringworm Treated?

The good news is that ringworm is easily treatable.

Your vet will likely prescribe an antifungal medication which can be applied topically or given orally.

In some cases oral antifungal drugs may be necessary.

The length of treatment will depend on the severity of the infection but most guinea pigs will need to be treated for at least 4 weeks.

Can I Catch Ringworm From My Guinea Pig?

Yes it is possible to catch ringworm from your guinea pig.

The fungus that causes ringworm is contagious and can be transmitted to humans through contact with infected skin or hair.

If you think you may have come into contact with ringworm it’s important to see a doctor.

The good news is that ringworm is not a serious infection and can be easily treated with antifungal medication.