Parasites and guinea pigs - Guinea pigs Australia

Common Parasites in Guinea Pigs

Guinea Pigs can contract a number of parasites including mange mites, ringworm, lice and ear mites. It is important that owners are familiar with the signs and symptoms, opting to treat the issue early and seek Veterinary assistance if in doubt.

Topical Parasites in Guinea Pigs Mange Mites:

These mites are very painful causing skin lesions, itching and hair loss. They are microscopic meaning they cannot be seen with the naked eye. It is vital that treatment is offered as soon as possible, as these burrowing mites can cause severe illness and in some cases death.

Biting Lice

These parasites can be seen with the naked eye. Often residing near the guinea pigs ears, head, rear and neck. Skin can appear dry
and scaly with the presence of scabs.

Fur Mites

There are two distinct fur mites that can guinea pigs can contract. One is called Static Lice (Chirodiscoides caviae). This mite is relatively harmless and can be seen moving in the guinea pigs fur.

Ear Mites

Also known as Psoroptes cuniculi can cause scratching and shaking of the head. The ears can also have a dark excretion.


This condition is caused by fungal spores which can weaken hair follicles causing hair loss. The skin underneath is then exposed appearing crusty.