Help needed...piggie with bloody scabs

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Dec 08, 2005 3:27 pm


That's the topical dose (0.5mg/kg). Looks like you figured it fine. If you gave it orally or by injection, we generally recommend less.

Good luck getting rid of those mites!

GP Lover
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Post   » Fri Dec 09, 2005 6:42 pm


Please help somebody! I just removed Jasper's bandages to check him. His scabs were dried up and I decided to put him back in the cage unwrapped.

It took him all of 45 seconds to scratch open two scabs to the point of being bloody. When I first put him down he scratched at himself so bad I THINK he had a seizure...he fell over on his side and his whole body was trembling. I quickly picked him up and put him on my kitchen counter. He was unresponsive and his toes began to curl up!! It was quite scary. I just kept petting his head and talking to him and he came out of it. I thought I was watching him die.

I now have him wrapped up again. I can't take much more of this. It's three weeks, three ivermectin treatments and he's still scratching!!!

I have Prednisolone in the house left over from Angel. Can I and should I give him that? I'll be seeing the vet Monday with Elsie getting her teeth clipped so if there's something else that might help I can ask him for it then.

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tkkats
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Post   » Fri Dec 09, 2005 6:51 pm


Maybe he has a fungus infection on top of the mites?


I prefer the topical ivermectin over the injectible simply because I think it works faster. I use Sheep Drench Ivomec and I love the stuff.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Dec 09, 2005 7:27 pm


That does sound scary, GP Lover. I can see how frustrating it is thinking he should be healed up and then having him bite at himself. Are you seeing any improvement? Maybe the scabs need to heal over and fall off first. Being wrapped up I'm sure aggravates the itchiness. I would write Josephine and ask about the prednisone or see if you can consult with your vet by phone.

GP Lover
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Post   » Fri Dec 09, 2005 7:30 pm


I do see improvement after a day because I put Bacitracin on the bloody scabs. So, they are dried up by the next day. However, I must keep him wrapped up or else he scratches himself till he bleeds again....it's a vicious cycle.

I think being wrapped up makes it worse too..but if I leave him unwrapped the result will be the same! It's so frustrating. O:(

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Dec 09, 2005 7:46 pm


I understand. Those collars to keep him from biting look so darn uncomfortable and even dangerous. No idea if the Chew Guard I'm always posting would help or not. Pic on the supplies page.

Talishan
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Post   » Fri Dec 09, 2005 9:26 pm


You may want to ask your vet about Revolution (selamectin). Topically applied, it does not have ivermectin's proven safety record and opinions toward its use on this board are, I think, mixed. But I believe it can work quicker and can address entrenched cases better and faster than ivermectin.

GP Lover
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Post   » Sun Dec 11, 2005 7:37 pm


Isn't there something I can bathe him in or put on his skin for the itching? He's still scratching!

HollyT
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Post   » Sun Dec 11, 2005 7:40 pm


Steroid shot? Poor guy. With scabs I wouldn't bathe. I'd keep him wrapped and keep going with mite treatments. Sometimes with mites that bad it could take double the time.

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salana
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Post   » Sun Dec 11, 2005 7:54 pm


Bathing will aggravate the mites and make him hurt more. Poor guy. I would ask the vet for a steroid shot, definitely.

GP Lover
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Post   » Sun Dec 11, 2005 8:19 pm


Thanks...I'm seeing the vet tomorrow.

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lisam

Post   » Sun Dec 11, 2005 8:35 pm


Good luck, please keep us informed.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Dec 11, 2005 11:46 pm


Steriod shots sound like a possibility to me too.

GP Lover
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Post   » Mon Dec 12, 2005 6:50 pm


Okay, Dr. S said Jasper was having a seizure. He is surprised that he's still suffering and wants me to bring him in. He said the med in the syringe he gave me is more effective and potent than the 1% injectable I have. The problem is I am the one who gave him the 2nd injection but I have no idea where the solution went...everything happened so fast and Jasper bolted from me so I cannot be sure the Ivermectin went in. So, he's due for a treatment Friday and Dr. S may give him a dip of something that should take care of it he said.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Dec 12, 2005 7:04 pm


I wonder what he plans on doing? I hope it isn't an insecticide. Poor Jasper does deserve to be healed.

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lisam

Post   » Mon Dec 12, 2005 7:45 pm


I'm confused--you tried to inject the ivermectin yourself?

Don't let him dip the pig in Lymdip. I wish he had given him a steroid shot. What was his reason not to?

GP Lover
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Post   » Mon Dec 12, 2005 7:57 pm


"I'm confused--you tried to inject the ivermectin yourself?"

Yes, he gave me two syringes pre-loaded so I could do it myself at home.

I wasn't there tonight with Jasper..I was there with Elsie getting her teeth clipped but I spoke to him about Jasper. It's too soon to do anything because I gave him a topical treatment last Wednesday.

He said a steroid shot may be what he'd do but he'd like to see him first. He said the dip would be something that should alleviate any other skin conditions that may be going on that may be causing him to itch.

GP Lover
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Post   » Fri Dec 16, 2005 6:43 pm


Tonight Jasper got another Ivermectin injection but from the vet rather than me. At least now I know he got it in his system.

He also gave him a lyme/sulfur dip which he said would help get rid of any fungus or other skin conditions which may be contributing to the scratching. He also put him on Baytril this time. He smells like rotten eggs! i am to observe him and if he's still scratching in another 7-10 days I am to call.

Swannie...I saw your holiday card hanging up in the office! It's adorable!

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Dec 16, 2005 6:52 pm


I truly truly hope this works for him, GP Lover. It's about time he had some relief!

GP Lover
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Post   » Fri Dec 16, 2005 6:54 pm


Thanks! He's still scratching..O:(

Hopefully the injection will start to take affect in the next few days.

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