maggots in guinea pig's cage
Breed: Guinea pig
Age: 3-6 months
Dear dr marie, i found maggots in my guinea pig's cage. So i want to know if he has fly strike or is. Infected with anything. He is an abyssian guinea pig and seems fine. He eats all his veggies, is active, doesnt have diarrhea or anything of that sort. Do i need to carry him to the vet immediately? I've already cleaned out the cage.
Dr. Marie replied:
Hi and thanks for your question.
It sounds like you have checked Poe over well to see if he has any wounds on him. If there are no wounds and there is no diarrhea then it is unlikely that the maggots came from him.
Was there any food in the cage that had been there for a while? Maggots are the result of flies laying eggs on something and usually it is rotten food.
However, recently I had a client bring me in some cat food that had been out for only an hour and there were little tiny white things on it. We put them in a pill vial and sure enough they were maggots. So, sometimes food doesn't have to be out for very long in order to attract flies.
It sounds like everything is ok though.
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