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Hello!i just bought my 4 month old guinea pig for one month no and i saw some white worm like thing around my guinea pig's eye..i tried putting apple vinegar cider with water and spray it on a tissure and wipe around the eye area but not too close to the eye and i saw that the white woorm like insect is still there!i do't have enough money to bring my guinea pig to the there any other ways to help him?Thanks!

I've never heard of worms as an issue with guinea pigs. If it's still there chances are it's not actually a worm but a piece of debris of some sort. Guinea pigs do get lice, however they seldom go near the face. They hide where it's dark and are most typically found on the back underneath the hair. If you spread the hair you see them move, they move slowly but they will move away from the light.

Do NOT use vinegar around or near the eye. Because it's so acidic it will cause damage to the delicate tissues. If this is actually in the eyeball itself it's most likely not a worm at all but just a white spot in the eye. I would leave it alone and not try to remove it. If it's not moving it's not an insect or parasite.

I don't think this is something that needs a vet, so don't feel guilty about not taking your pet there. As long as the eye is not showing signs of infection or worsening the best thing to do is nothing.  There's an old wise saying, "If it's not broken, don't fix it".

It would be very helpful if you could post a picture for me. That way I can see first hand what you're describing.  

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Raised and shown cavies for many years, having aquired my first cavies in the early 1970's as pets. My caviary currently handles 65 + animals in two different breeds and several varieties. Having been in the health care industry as a licensed nurse for 35 years I have hands on experience with care and needs in both humans and cavies. Member of American Rabbit Breeders Association and American Cavy Breeders Association.

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