She didnt itch at all from what I could see but she is a sneaky one. I left her in her cage for a while and when I checked on her she did scratch herself some but not in the face like I expected she itched right behind her front legs.
I treated the scratches with the wash and put the straight jacket back on her. I also began using the wash on her wounds.
I will keep the ivermectim up for as long as needed. How would I know when to stop the treatments?
They said the culture for fungus wont be done till wednesday but honostly if she starts getting worse I wont let her take it that long. I am already torturing the poor thing doing the cleanses every day. She has very little hair left on her head and what is left is coming off in large clumps.
Updated pics -- very large again sorry but I was frustrated looking for pictures that I could actually see.
This is a new scratch wound. She is itching at the white powder like substance on her skin.
This is showing how much hair she has lost the positive note to this picture is the lack of infections Puss.
And here are two to show where we came from. The second one is pretty graphic ear infection.
Any good suggestions out there? Change antibiotics? Start antifungal treatments over my vets objections? Ride out the current treatment of ivermectim, antibiotics and ivermectim? As much as I would love to say cost is no object it is. I have spent over $240 in treatments and vet bills and it hasnt helped at all from what I can tell.
- You can quote me
I have no experience with mite cases this severe. Hopefully those with experience in combination mite, secondary infection, and fungal problems all at one time will see this shortly and advise you.
I can suggest to hang in there and stick with her. These infections can take a very long time to resolve, but the reward will be worth it, to see her happy, healthy, pain-free and fully furred again.
- I GAVE, dammit!
Yes of course - you'll be treating with ivermectin every 7 days until this problem is gone.I called they vet and they just wanted to give her ivermectim again which she just had 7 days ago.
As to the secondary issues, they will of course also have to be treated.
If the pig isn't seizing I'd be very tempted to use a Lymdip treatment which kills all sorts of things - ask your vet about it.
And I've found sometimes better success with Revolution than with Ivermectin for severe cases of mites (although I've never had one as severe as this).
I just got done using the wash on her and found that over parts of her body her hair has a yellowish crust near the base and the hair just falls off leaving bare skin.
Would the revolution irritate her wounds? Is there anything I can safely give her for the pain or itching?
- I GAVE, dammit!
If you use revolution, you won't use the ivermectin.
I'd really give it a try. I order mine from Australia at www.petshed.com (no rx needed there, as in this country, and it comes quickly).
You can give metacam for the pain, but you'll need to get it from your vet. And people have had success with Benadryl for the itching, but you'll need to check the dosage.
I'd continue to treat her for a bacterial infection, but you really should consider doing a lymdyp for any possible fungus - it has the added advantage of working for mange mites.
If your vet isn't doing the mite treatments every 7 days I'd be concerned.
On a side note they need to put a warning label on these things. I lifted her up to look at her belly and it felt like someone blasted me in the face with a squirt gun! Glad my mouth wasnt open. Was she trying to tell me something? :)
That is the ear pulled back so you can see the gunk inside the ear which is most likely an infection started by mites. This is how she looked when first taking her to the vet.
I do not know the dosage but I will check with him tonight when he is treating her.
- Skol Pigs!
She also got her repeat dose of ivermectim .1 CC
Here is a photo comparing yesterday and today. Most of the improvements were after the bath but I really expected things to get worse over night and as far as I can tell it didnt. Today seems to be a good day compared to yesterday hopefully the first of many.
Thanks again for all your help. Honestly I dont know where I would be without it.