I did the sulfur dip, and she is not happy, but I think her ears look better already (probably just wishful thinking). The only problem is now my hands reek of sulfur, and I don't know how to get rid of it! I would also like to dry Stella, but the blow dryer must bother her ears, as she flips out every time I try it, and I can't wipe her off because the dip needs to soak in. All considered it actually went fairly smoothly, she didn't seem to mind the initial bath, and she only shook out a little bit when I put the sulfur dip on her.
Thanks again for all your help.
Right after the lymdyp I thought it looked better, but it quickly went back to the way it was before. Just now she was scratching and she must have scratched herself too hard and she started to squeal and just sat there with her head tilted, squealing.
I am completely lost. She is on baytril, torb and metacam, as well as the lymdyp once a week and nothing is helping. I don't know what to do anymore...
- Let Sleeping Pigs Lie
Oh, poor Stella.
I'm no expert, but your statement reminded me of another thread. Does anything in this thread seem similar to Stella's problem?
I can still only suggest doing small experiments on sections of the skin. Continue ivermectin or change to Revolution. Read again the page on cheilitis and apply fungal, antibacterial, anti-yeast preparations. Watch for any signs of improvement. And try the Program too (this is what finally worked for the other pig's problem - though yours looks like it could be different).
I am so terribly sorry you are not seeing results.
My vet is not open on the weekends, so I can't do anything until Monday, but I am going to call her and see what the next step should be.
She wasn't tested for ringworm, but the fact that Shasta still doesn't have anything rules out a lot of things, I think. If it was fungal, bacterial or mites I would think that Shasta would have gotten it by now.
EDIT: they did a fungal culture when they did the biopsy and nothing showed up, would that have shown ringworm?
I'm thinking of ordering the revolution, right now it couldn't hurt. Can revolution and program be used at the same time?
Maybe I'll talk to the vet about that on Monday. I'm kind of afraid to try too many more drugs, even if they're different I'm afraid of over-medicating her, but I don't think I have a choice anymore.
My original thought when this started was mites, but when the Ivermectin didn't work we moved on. I guess it's time to try something stronger and see what happens.
I'm going to go ahead and order some program and revolution, and I'm also going to continue the lymdyp. I'll talk to my vet Monday and see if she has any other suggestions.
Thanks for all the great ideas. I was starting to feel a little bit hopeless.
I was just wondering, should I skip the veggies all together tonight, or just cut down on the amount, and if it is the veggies how long should it take for things to normal out?
We are leaving on Friday and will be gone until Wednesday, and I don't want to leave her if there could be something more going wrong now.
Her pain level seems to be okay, but it's hard to tell. She's been moving around more, but she also spends a lot of time puffed up in her house. I gave her another lympdyp bath tonight so she's not happy again. She's still on 0.1cc Metacam once a day, and 0.01cc torb twice a day, but I just ran out of torb and they won't refill it until the vet says it's okay.
I have a pet sitter to watch the girls while we're gone, and I'm kind of freaking out about it. The girl who's watching them is supposed to be very good, she came highly recommended, has worked with animals her whole life on a farm, and has been petsitting for around 5 or 6 years now. She can do subq's and medication injections if need be (hopefully there will be no need), so hopefully it'll be okay.
I did toy with the idea of brining them along, but we'll be traveling by airplane and we're going to a 50th wedding anniversary so there will be people everywhere. I didn't think the stress of traveling would help Stella out in the long run, even if it made me feel better. I would really rather stay home, but I haven't been back to Montana in quite a while, and my grandma has been planning this party for almost a year now so it's not really an option.
I'm still really down about this whole thing. Stella just seems so miserable, and there doesn't seem to be anything I can do. She is starting to grow back some of her hair, but she's still losing it, as well. I still haven't got the Revolution, so I haven't got to try it yet. I think I need a new vet, but the next best one is almost 2 hours away, which wouldn't make it much more convenient than the one I have...
Sorry if I'm rambling, I just don't know what to do anymore.
I have a question about the program. I've looked at numerous threads about the dosing, and they all seem to be using the program for cats from 11-20 pounds. I got the stuff for cats 1-10 pounds, so will this affect how it's dosed?
If I'm reading everything correctly, the dose is the same for guinea pigs as it is for kittens, so if I follow the dosing instructions that come with it I should be fine, right?
It's the oral suspension for cats and kittens 1-10 pounds. I had seen the dosing instructions, I was just confused about the difference between the one I got, and this one.
I think I figured it out, I'm pretty sure the only difference is the amount of the product in a pouch. The first one has 135mg in a tube, and the second has 270mg. I think I'll go with the 45mg/kg dose to start with, but I'll worry about that when I get it.