I tried numerous antifungal creams and treated her with Ivermectin. In the end, I ordered Program from Canada (and I live in Serbia). In the meanwhile, I decided to try a new antifungal cream- Lamisil (1% terbinafine). It worked wonderfully! By the time I got Program, the infection cleared up, so I never got to use Program. It took 10 days for Lamisil to get rid of the fungus.
She's also lost a little weight (She's down to 840g from 875g), but she seems to be eating fine. I got some critical care from the vet and I've been giving her some with her dinner.
She also had a huge scab on her head when we got back, which the pet sitter had told me about, but it seems to have come off and now she just has a pink spot on her head where the scab used to be.
I've given her the Program already at 90mg/kg, but I just found another thread that said that the dose for fungus can be as high as 270mg/kg, so next time I may give her more. We did a shot of ivermectin on Thursday because the Revolution wasn't supposed to be here until next week, so I'm waiting on that.
How long do I need to wait before giving her the Revolution? I was thinking 7 days, and the vet says we might be able to get away with only 5.
I'm also going to do another lymdyp tonight, something has to work eventually. I've been contemplating taking her to another vet up in Beaverton that is actually on your list of recommended vets, but I've already spent over $700 at this vet and am not looking forward to starting all over.
I'll take some more pictures later and post them to show how this has progressed so far.
Here's some new pics
This looks like she might have gotten chelitis, although it could just be the same stuff that's on her head, I'm not sure...
I'm going to call the vet tomorrow and see what she thinks about this stuff on her nose
I'm still open to suggestions if anyone can think of anything I may have missed. If the program and revolution don't work we're kind of out of ideas other than steroids, and my vet really doesn't want to risk steroids without knowing what this is...
Her liver enzymes are down a bit, which the vet said not to worry about.
Her Kidney function is down just a little bit, which could be due to a number of things, including dehydration, and it's possible that she's not absorbing nutrients in her intestines as well as she should be- The Dr. recommended using some Bene-bac for a while to see if it helps, and possibly syringing fluids.
And finally, her White blood cell count was hugely high, like 31000. This seemed to puzzle the vet, because she wasn't expecting it to be so high.
Since Stella seems to be improving she doesn't want to do anything new right now, but she wants to repeat the blood test in a couple weeks to see if the white cell count has gone down any. It seems to me that this means there must be an infection somewhere, so doing nothing isn't going to help.
The other thing she mentioned was skin cancer, but she said that she hasn't found any references for this in guinea pigs, and there is a specific cell that she would expect to be high if this was cancer, and it's not (she didn't say what it was, or if she did I didn't write it down).
Does anyone have any idea what the way high WBC count means? Or maybe this is just normal range for an infection?
- Who's your Branni?
Have you tried virgin coconut oil on her spots and chelitis? It has antifungal, antiviral and antibiotic properties. Maybe SOMETHING in it could be helpful to that poor girl.
Maybe she IS starting to feel better!!
I think most skin cancers pigs around here have had were due to melanomas (and mostly skinny pigs) but hey - not to say anything is not possible.
Do try coconut oil on her spots, it will not mess up anything to do with what she is/has been on and it cannot do anything but help!!
I am sorry for all yall have gone through. She *is* a very lucky girl to have you for her parent.
bigfatlove to yall.
- Who's your Branni?
I am really hoping it brings her some relief. Did you see the thread on it in CavyChat? Someone (cannot remember) who has had multiple fungal issues with one of her pigs and had always medicated for it before started to use it and in a small amount of time it cleared up and hair grew back!
I will find it.
Luck and love to yall.
Thanks for the thread Brandilynn, I had seen it before and never really read it through. I'll go through it now and see if I can find any good new info.
Rshevin, luckily my girls don't have over-active grease glands, so hopefully I don't ever have to find out how useful it is in that area :-) It is nice that it's edible though, half the reason I was able to put it on her nose was because she she was trying to lick it off my finger...