How To Do A Patch Test

All our products come with instruction sheets to ensure that they are used safely and in the correct manner to give the best results for your guinea.  The leave-on products also come with instructions on how to carry out a Patch Test.

HOW TO DO A PATCH TEST: rub some of the product into a small area of skin on the back of the ear and just underneath where there is no hair. Check every couple of hours to ensure that there is no redness or irritation up to 8 hours after application. In the unlikely event that there is redness or irritation at any time, remove the product immediately. Please also let me know so that I can provide you with an alternative solution.

Why bother with a patch test? 

The number of people and animals suffering from allergies and skin sensitisation has increased dramatically in recent years. Stress has a lot to do with this, but there is also an ever increasing number of chemicals found in our food, water and the air that we breathe.  You and your guineas can only have an allergy to something that you have come into contact with at least once.

Skin sensitisation is caused when a chemical allergen (such as washing powder for example) provokes an immune response which shows up as inflammation of the skin. This often happens if the skin has been exposed to the allergen for sufficient time to cause contact dermatitis. The greater the exposure to an allergen, the more serious the immune response will be. So, if a guinea is living in a cage sitting on fleece that has been washed in a biological product, or is surrounded by scented shavings all day long, an allergic reaction may happen sooner or later given their close proximity to the ground and the enclosed nature of the cage.


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  1. Aloe Aloe… | Gorgeous Guineas
    June 18, 2013 | 16:06

    […] ideal product to help these types of problems and can be applied several times a day (always do a patch test first).  Where the damaged skin is protected and soothed, your guinea is less likely to scratch […]