How to Prevent Fungal Infections On Your Skinny Pig's Feet!

How to Prevent Fungal Infections On Your Skinny Pig's Feet!

How to Prevent Fungal Infections On Your Skinny Pig's Feet!

Fending off fungal foot foes doesn’t have to be fraught with frustration!


The key to keeping this formidable problem at bay is to have a good routine in place for caring for your skinny pig.

Causes

Imagine walking barefoot everywhere you go - through the park, your home, and even the bathroom. Your feet would be exposed to all sorts of muck, right? Well, that's the everyday reality for our skinny pigs. Their bare paws come into direct contact with their environment, making them susceptible to fungal infections. 


The primary problem is warm, moist environments that fungi thrive in. 

Bedding that's not changed frequently, too-high humidity levels, and poor cage hygiene all basically roll out the red carpet for this unwelcome guest. Additionally, a weakened immune system, whether due to poor diet, stress, or underlying health issues, can turn skinny pig foot pads into fungal party zones.

Symptoms of Fungal Foot Infections

Fungal foot infections are the ninjas of the skinny pig world - stealthy and sometimes hard to spot until they've caused quite a ruckus. However, with a keen eye, you can catch these culprits in the act. 


Symptoms to watch out for on their tiny feet include:

  • Redness and Swelling 
  • Crusting and Flaking
  • Itchiness 
  • Limping or Reluctance to Move 

The Battle Plan

Here’s how to treat fungal foot infections:

  • First, Consult a Veterinarian: They can confirm the diagnosis and recommend the best course of action for an active infection. Antifungal creams or oral medications are the usual go-to's, but if you prefer natural options, you can use the RenewedPet Healing Salve for a safe, organic and highly effective treatment. 
  • Hygiene Overhaul: Remove EVERYTHING from your pet’s cage and wash and disinfect it to prevent a reinfection. Going forward, commit to regular cleaning and disinfecting, along with frequent bedding changes to prevent fungus from returning. Also consider using Renewed Pet's nail and paw cleaner weekly to keep your skinny pig’s paws clean and free from debris.
  • Boost Their Immune System: A balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals can be your skinny pig's shield against future infections.
  • Quarantine: If you have multiple piggy’s, consider keeping the affected skinny pig separate to prevent the spread of the infection.


In the end, while fungal foot infections might sound like a daunting challenge, they're certainly not insurmountable and in fact are usually preventable. With a bit of vigilance, care, and love, you can ensure your skinny pigs feet are as free from fungi as they are from hair!


So folks, keep those cages clean, and those veggies coming!


Keep giving your pets the best of natural life!


~PetCoachApril 


April Arguin A.S., C.P.N., M.P.H

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