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Chewing of Hair in Guinea Pigs

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Treatment

 

Hair loss is treated in different ways, depending on the cause. When it is due to underlying metabolic illness, for example, it can be treated with medication or changes in lifestyle. When it is due to a deficient diet, your veterinarian might prescribe vitamin and mineral supplements and also formulate a special diet to better suit your pet guinea pig. Hair loss due to genetic reasons cannot be controlled. Hair loss due to barbering can be reduced by appropriate management strategies between the guinea pigs that are sharing the same living environment so that conflict and hierarchal behavior is reduced.

 

Living and Management

 

If your pet guinea pig is suffering from barbering, you will need to separate the fighting animals. Keep the submissive guinea pig separate from the dominant ones. You can also provide submissive guinea pigs with hiding holes, typically in the form of plastic tubes, to keep them safe from dominating guinea pigs. For self-barbering, removing reasons for stress will help minimize the behavior.

 

Otherwise, feed your pet guinea pig the diet that has been formulated by your veterinarian and administer the dietary supplements that have been recommended by the doctor. Also, to avoid possible infections of the skin, make sure that you regularly dress any open wounds to prevent secondary bacterial infections from arising.

 

Prevention

 

Feeding your pet guinea pig a nutritious and well-balanced diet can prevent hair loss due to dietary deficiencies. For true barbering, separating the affected animals, minimizing stress, weaning baby guinea pigs from their mothers early, and feeding guinea pigs long-stemmed hay may prevent barbering behaviors.

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