The face of a guinea pig is the most often
affected area when a ringworm infection occurs. Patches of
hair will usually be lost which
generally is quite evident. Ringworm is actually a fungus
which attacks the skin of guinea pigs. Not only does hair
loss occur but the skin will quickly become dry and flaky.
Veterinarian attention will be needed not only to confirm
it is ringworm affecting the guinea pig but also to prescribe
the appropriate medication. Action should be taken immediately
because ringworm can easily spread to humans via direct contact
with an infected guinea pig. Other household pets can also
transport the ringworm fungus although they may not be affected
by the infection.
The spores which come from the fungus that causes ringworm
can survive for many months. You will need to completely clean
and disinfect the guinea pigs cage or they are likely to become
In cases where the ringworm has not progressed very far treatment
may not be necessary to help your guinea pig recover. Simply
cleaning that cage and tending to the injured skin on the
guinea pig may be sufficient.