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101: Skin Care

Bailey and Mimic
 

 
My recent failure to apply Gorgeous Guinea's amazing Melts has given me the opportunity to not only remind old members (and introduce to new members!) my two boars but to also discuss skin health! 
 

As the temperature in the cold, damp areas of the world (I'm from Scotland, we warmed up for a week and now we have warm and wet. FML) begin to increase, many owners use this time as an opportunity to get some Peruvian Pruning underway. Peruvian Pruning is the name I give to the time of the year when fly numbers increase and the days become hot and uncomfortable for our long-haired buddies. While I can't ask Bailey (my peru) if he appreciates having half of his bodyweight in hair removed in the summer months, he does seem to look more comfortable and it keeps his hair out of the pee he lies in during his luxurious sun-naps. 

Hair Trimming : http://www.guinealynx.info/grooming.html#trim

Another thing I torture inflict... do to my pigs come the summer months is to melt and bathe them. I use Gorgeous Guinea's shampoo which is designed to be used on guinea pigs and is advised to be used every 4-6 weeks for good skin care[opens pdf]. Guinea pigs don't need to be bathed, and many short haired piggies do absolutely fine without them. However, I've found that pigs who are not smooth short coated pigs (like Peruvians or Texels) seem to benefit from a bath to keep irritated skin away. 

Melt : http://www.gorgeousguineas.com/documents/Mr%20Melt.pdf
Bath: http://www.guinealynx.info/grooming.html#bathing and 

One of the reasons I think that my short-haired pigs have been able to get away with months between baths (my exception is the peruvian, but that's probably because he seems to be an inherently dirty pig) is because washing, melting and trimming aren't the only factors that contribute to good skincare. General Care: Diet and Environment, and Health also contribute to good skin care. 

A guinea pig who has a mite or fungal infection will not have good skin and these issues should be regularly addressed. Parasites are the most common cause of skin complaints and it is always a good idea to be aware of the symptoms of these infestations. It is also important to note that a guinea pig may have mites yet not show symptoms, similarly, just because only one guinea pig in a herd who share a cage is showing symptoms while the others seem fine does not mean that not all pigs are affected. 

Parasites (Fungal and Mite): http://www.guinealynx.info/parasites.html


If your pig is being bathed and then put straight into a dirty cage, you will not be doing their skin any favours. Similarly, housing your pig in dusty or pine bedding can irritate a pigs skin. Some pigs skins simply don't like to be on wood shavings; if your pig has any ongoing skin problems that can't seem to shift, it may be a good idea to look at how your pig is being housed. 

Temperature can also affect your pigs skin; air conditioning and central heating can be as drying and damaging to our skin as it can be to our pigs. It's good to be aware of how the external world can affect your pig and be shown through his or her skin. 


Environmental Factors : http://www.gorgeousguineas.com/documents/Skincare%20and%20Environmental%20Matters.pdf
Skincare Tips : http://www.gorgeousguineas.com/documents/Top%205%20Skincare%20Tips.pdf

Finally, a guinea pig on a poor diet is likely to have a rough, "ugly" coat and may have dry skin. The basics of a guinea pigs diet are: unlimited hay, fresh green vegetables and appropriate pellets fortified with vitamin C.

Scurvy: http://www.guinealynx.info/scurvy.html

This list of things to consider when keeping your pigs skin healthy and happy isn't exhaustive. If you have any tips or tricks to keeping your pigs skin lovely and pink please comment below for others to read. 


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