The only house resident with opposible thumbs fell asleep on the couch for 2 hours and so didn't make it to the drug store tonight but will be there bright and early tomorrow. I'll use the opportunity to treat myself to some coffee from the heavenly local place. Yum.
The only concern I have with a Spot name is that my 20 year old cockatiel's name is Spot. I don't know if that'd be weird to name them the same thing or not, although Semi-Spot is hilarious.
So Ivermectin a very good idea, the clotrimazole a good idea and wait on the bath like you said. After you bathe him, wait a few hours to put the cream on him cause it can burn once you get all that extra scrufy stuff off and get a bit red and then they bug at it a bit. I found that out once and ended up bathing the pig again to get the cream off. I felt so miserable because I had no idea!
You are also lucky he took to hay right away! Some of my fosters take a week or more to decide that it is edible and delicious!
He is adorable and 750ish is not bad; could be better but he seems to have a healthy appetite so don't worry yet.
Good luck and love on the adorable little guinea pig for us!
I think I'm definately in for a combination of treatments but if I'm lucky, everything is external. The ivermectin, monistat, and diaper cream all sound very safe and benign to me.
Entry Word: spot
Synonyms blotch, dapple, dot, eyespot, fleck, mottle, patch, point, speck, speckle, splotch
Related Words birthmark, freckle, mole; blot, mark, smear, smudge, stain; spatter, splash
How about "Mark". Nobody but us would know that his name was in honor of our dear "Spot".
or how about "OutDamn" ;)
You can have a perfectly healthy colony of animals with no history of bugs and then bring in a non-kiln dried bug-ridden bag of shavings and then your whole house is infested. The kiln-drying kills the bugs and burns off the aromatic oils. It also kills running lice.
Prior to starting my rescue and before I knew any better I was using "pet store shavings" and my Nigel never had any contact with any other guinea pig. I never had any other contact with any other guinea pig or any type of rodent for that matter. He had health checkups and was perfectly healthy and lived to the ripe old age of 9, bless his little soul. One bag of shavings later he had a horrible case of mites! I started doing mounds of research and this is what I learned. I brought bugs to my baby.
Bugs are resilient and they will find a way. You can get them from bedding.
I have no idea if mites come from bedding or not. All I know is I'm bringing a new, dirty pig into my home, a friend has ivermectin, and he might as well get treated. I might give an oral dose too, in case he has internal parasites too. My Piggy hasn't been treated in over 2 years and I think it'll save a lot of headache to treat him at the same time so in case my quarentine doesn't work perfectly, we won't have a cycle.
I am feeling relieved having all this solid input. Any suggestions about when to start introducing veggies? I'm almost tempted to give him a little lettuce tonight since his stools are so normal.
Spot the bird is beautiful. Nathan, my cockatiel is 18. It is good to know someone else with a geriatric 'tiel. :) 15-20 is "average" but 'tiels come with so many diseases from the stores nowadays most never make it past 10. Sad...
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The guinea pig mite is a microscopic sarcoptid mite. They are members of the arachnid family, and thus may or may not be related to fleas and ticks, but if so, it is very distantly. It is my understanding they cannot live more than 48 hours or so off a host, and the eggs cannot live 'outside' at all.
Unless guinea pigs with mites spent time somehow in bedding you purchased, then you used it in less than 48 hours, there is no way the commonest guinea pig mite can be transmitted through bedding, kiln-dried or not.
Various other parasites? Possible, if purchased in a broken package stored in a dirty warehouse or such, which I doubt you'd knowingly buy, but highly unlikely.
Not that it is impossible but it is highly, highly unlikely.
He kept me up all night drinking obsessively out of the water bottle. I'm going to have to try the spring loaded one today. I hope it's just that he hasn't had cool, fresh water in a long time and not that anything else is wrong (diabetes?).
However, there are other rodent mites which can infect other animals including people. Unless you are having entomology reports done on the skin scrapings of your pigs, I am assuming they are not all of the caviae variety. There are tens of thousands of different kinds of mites and some of them don't necessarily care who they chomp on. Some do, like the caviae, some don't.
I am assuming that there are lots of rodents running around in the woodpiles where they are making shavings and if they don't kiln dry them before they bag them, there are bugs. I had never had a problem with Nigel once I switched. Now I use kiln dried, but my pigs are on a rotation of ivermec because of the constant influx of new pigs so I don't have mites here.
So yes, you are partially right. But there are more than one type of mites feeding off our pigs.
I do stand corrected, they do not seem to be related to fleas, but are however related to ticks.
It seems far fetched to me that they would be in bedding. A rare circumstance of poor storage and broken bags might result in some but mice don't like wood bedding.
I think you are misleading people.
You said the mites came from wood shavings. I reitterate that this is highly unlikely.