- I GAVE, dammit!
Runny eyes are sometimes a sign of generally being run down. In Llewelyn's eyes they went along with his serious CHF (he had absolutely no other signs at all, apart from extreme weight loss).
Timeline - crusties as long as I've had him (just over 1 yr), problematic crusties about 1 month, started after his cyst was checked at the vet or I'd have had them look then.
Irritation - possible, I was using pine/carefresh for the past month or two because aspen is hard to find in this stupid city but we're back to aspen/carefresh now
General appearance - good, active and happy, eating well, weight stable and up about 20 grams now that I'm back to regular pellet mush supplements (supplementing because he was underweight at adoption and never regained to my satisfaction, current weight 930g +- 10g), estimated age 5 years old, favorite food = hay
Artifical tears - I know I've seen Genteal recommended, is this what you mean? I also have a bottle of sterile saline.
Oh, and my pet store carries Terramycin in stock. Is this worth trying?
His only symptoms were excessive eye fluid which ended up forming crusties, and some excess shedding on his back and butt with little black dandruff pieces. His overall appearance looked perfectly normal, though, except for around his eye.
I orginally tried the topical treatment for ringworm, which seemed did not seem to do anything for his eye.
I did use Terramycin with absolutely no luck.
I took him to the vet this past Saturday (she had been out of town) only to discover that Peanut now has ringworm *everywhere*. Apparently, some strains of ringworm glow underneath a special light and she could see it immediately. As of Saturday, he has been taking Griseofulvin (oral- 1.5 ml per day for 28 days). I haven't noticed a change yet, but am hopeful.
If I see any changes or improvements, I will let you know. If you discover any successful treatment- PLEASE let me know. This has been going on since March.
I, like you, am fed up with crusties. I feel so bad for Peanut. I don't think he's in pain, because he acts perfectly happy, but the area around his eye can't be comfortable.
Here's Peanut with his ever-present goo. The rest of his hair usually looks normal, but it was still wet in the first picture.
A woods lamp! Thank you! I have one and keep forgetting to use it. I do remember you mentioning the eye and my wondering if Smudgie had ringworm too. My other pig and myself are fine and Smudgie's other eye is mostly fine, but I'll definitely check under the fluorescent light. With that light you risk a false negative but I believe if he glows, it's positive and we'll hit the vet ASAP. If it's negative, we'll likely still hit the vet but I'm going to try and unclog this duct if possible.
Smudgie had fungus on his belly when I adopted him about a year back but it cleared up quickly with topical miconozale.
My idea for this moment is to see if he glows. If he does, off to the vet. If he doesn't, I'm going to try the terramycin for a few days. It should make a difference quickly if it's going to work. If it doesn't help at all, again off to the vet.
Thanks for the link to the tears. I can pick some up. I rinsed his eye out very well with warm sterile saline yesterday and there was no change.
Oh definitely not all fungus glows. Really the only thing I'll learn is maybe it'll be obvious ringworm. If it isn't positive, I haven't learned anything at all if that makes sense.
I will say though, this is exactly why I bought this blacklight. Well, that and ya'll know what a die hard nerd I am.
- You can quote me
Yes, it's for fleas. It works on ringworm. I have no idea why but somewhere on here Josephine posted an explanation.
I must say, he is not a cooperative patient when giving him a syringe. I never knew that a pig's head could swivel 360 degrees.
I am weighing him daily and watching his food intake and activity. Can I assume he is handling the medication O.K. as long as he maintains his weight and normal activity? He's about 3 1/2 pounds, so I'm hoping that will give me a little cushion of time if he loses his appetite (I would stop the medication and then handfeed until he recovered).
Do you think Grisofulvin is too risky? I am willing to ask the vet for oral Program if others have had success. He's been through so many months of different treatments for this "goo", we're both at our wits' end. I have nicknamed him Mr. Magoo with the emphasis on "goo".
rshevin- Sorry for taking over your thread. Be sure to let me know what you find out at the vet's tomorrow. For all I know, ringworm could just be a secondary condition to what is causing the eye problem.
I don't know the name of the grooming fluid, but saying "ocular (sp?) fluid" sounds more scientific.
- You can quote me
I know griseofulvin is very harsh and can have pretty bad side effects. I don't, however, know what they are. GI damage (?) I think is one, but I'm purely guessing. Hopefully someone else can give you more specifics.
These are newer, effective as I understand it (have not used them myself), and considerably more expensive (again as I understand it). The vet, however, may be more willing to consider them vs. Program:
Ketoconazole is basically what's in Nizoral shampoo. Have you tried that?
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