Lice Treatment in the US

Winstonthepig

Post   » Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:51 am


Hi, this is my first time posting so hopefully I’m doing it right!
I currently have 4 male guinea pigs all over a year old. One of them is a lethal pig who is blind an deaf. Recently I noticed my one pig Winston has what looks like lice. They are small white yellow specks crawling around on the base of his hair and there are white dots sitting at the base of his hair too (eggs? ).
My issue is that I can not afford vet care for all 4 guinea pigs right now so I was hoping to treat at home. I have two routes of treatment that I’ve heard of and need help determining what’s best.
I know gorgeous guineas has a lice and easy shampoo I can buy. Is this shampoo alone enough of a treatment for lice if it’s paired with cleaning cages and multiple baths?
Next is Ivermectin- I’m a little nervous to try but I’m desperate at this point. I found some on amazon but I wasn’t sure if it’s the right kind. Could someone help me find the right stuff and tell me exactly how to use it/treatment plan for 4 pigs?
(IE- dose calculating, how long to treat/repeat)
I’m nervous on using this on my pigs and them having some kind of adverse reaction but I don’t know what else to do right now. Thank you for any help!

Winstonthepig

Post   » Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:52 am


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bpatters
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Post   » Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:12 pm


Sorry your piggies have lice. You'll have to treat them all.

You want either .5% or 1% pour-on or injectable (don't worry, you won't inject it) ivermectin solution, which you can find from a farm-feed store or from Amazon. Durvet makes the .5% stuff, but there are other manufacturers.

You'll also need a scale to weigh your pigs -- $15 or less at places like Target, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, etc. And you'll need a 1 cc syringe without a needle, but be sure it's NOT an insulin syringe. They have different markings, and you'll underdose your pigs.

Treat them once a week for 3-4 weeks, putting the ivermectin on the bald spot behind their ears, folding the ear over, and rubbing it in.

This link has links to general ivermectin information. Down toward the bottom, there are printable pages for the dose for either strength of the ivermectin. http://www.guinealynx.info/ivermectin_topical.html

Good luck, and let us know how you get along.

Winstonthepig

Post   » Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:35 pm


Thank you very much for your response!
I found a brand on amazon called “agri-mectin” 1% sterile solution generic injection
Is this the right stuff?

Winstonthepig

Post   » Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:10 pm


Also are there any side effects or reactions I need to look out for?

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:56 pm


Side effects listed on this page, I believe:
www.guinealynx.info/ivermectin.html

I think the pour-on is somewhat less expensive and can be gotten in small bottles. www.valleyvet.com has some. You want to apply it topically to treat lice. You want the only active ingredient to be ivermectin.

Winstonthepig

Post   » Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:24 pm


Thank you ! I was able to purchase the solution i mentioned above off amazon for 30$ which is much cheaper than the 200$ vet bill they wanted me to pay.
I have them on fleece bedding, so how often do I need to change that during this treament?

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:21 pm


Just wash it normally.

Erikashae

Post   » Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:55 pm


Hi I'm also new to guinea pigs! We purchased our first two males yesterday from a pet store and they both have lice. I am going to purchase the 1% injectsble ivermectin but I'm confused as to how to measure the dose correctly! I'm very scared to overdose my piggies.

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:15 pm


Erikashae, did you read that link I posted above, and the two links within it that I referenced? It's about as clear as it can get on how to dose the pigs. Read it and then post whatever specific questions you've got.

Winstonthepig

Post   » Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:19 pm


Okay thanks! The ivermectin will be arriving tomorrow. I’m going to weight the pigs tonight and see if I get their doses right so maybe I will post it on here to have someone double check my calculations?

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:36 pm


Sure. But there's really no calculation to be done. Just pick the chart with the right strength of ivermectin, weigh the pig, and look up the dose.

Winstonthepig

Post   » Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:58 am


Okay but what if a pig is 945 grams? Would you go with the dose for a 900 gram or a 1000 gram pig?

bpatters
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Post   » Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:03 pm


945 is almost exactly half-way between 900 and 1000. You could add the two dosages together and divide them by two, and get an exact dose. Or, you could figure that the syringe and your measurements aren't totally correct down to the millionth of a cc. and just take the larger dose.

If you can accurately measure the difference between .09 cc and .10 cc, you're better at this than I am.

Winstonthepig

Post   » Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:28 pm


Okay thank you! Yeah I’m not that good! Just wanted to be sure because I don’t know how potent this stuff is. It arrived in the mail today so I’m going to start treatment on my guys! I can update this thread as I do my treatment so others can see my progress!

Winstonthepig

Post   » Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:34 pm


Just weighed and dosed all 4 of my guys placing The ivermectin behind the ears on their little bald spot. I let them in my lap for 5 minutes while they ate parsley so I was sure it dried before putting them back in their cages. All of their doses were around 0.05 and 0.06 cc.
Everyone seems okay with it on their skin. Hopefully all goes well these next couple of weeks! Thank you all for your help!

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Post   » Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:56 pm


You may need multiple treatments to completely get rid of the lice. The good thing about ivermectin is that you will also get rid of any mites that could be present. Go for at least three treatments, a week apart.

Winstonthepig

Post   » Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:25 am


Okay got it I will! Thank you

Winstonthepig

Post   » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:26 pm


Update: today I will be doing the second dose of ivermectin. I have been looking over the pigs and noticed a decrease in lice eggs as well as living lice!

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:17 pm


That is great news! Thanks for the update! Do go for at least a third dose in another week. Be on the lookout in case you see any more (you can also do four total doses if you want).

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