My guinea pig Wanita has what I think is a fungal infection
I am currently trying Peter Gurney's fungal treatment of 100 ml carrier oil with 10ml of combined tea tree, lemon grass, lavender and patchouli essential oils
She is crusty on the shoulders, chest, chin and especially crusty on the jaw and face (near the eyes)
I haven't rubbed any of the above treatment near her eyes and face region but this is where it appears the worst
Has anyone tried this remedy?
Will if hurt if it gets in her eyes?
Any help greatly appreciated K:)
How about using an over the counter fungal topical cream in stead? That's worked for me. One of my guinea pigs came home from the shelter with fungus near her lips and the topical cream cleared it up pretty fast.
(Beyond Tea Tree oil being a little dangerous, it's usually touted as being as having antibacterial properties, not antifungal.)
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According to my herb books fennel has some antifungal properties. I grow it myself and incorporate it into their daily greens occasionally. Herbal remedies are usually best used as preventives and not in lieu of proper veterinary care. As mentioned above it could be mites or something else.
I immediately washed all the oil treatment off with Nizoral, (it was on for about 2 hours) I think this shampoo is good but not good for her very crusty facial area.
I don't think it's mites I took her to the vet 3 months ago and she has been treated with ivermectin. I have started another treatment tho just to be on the safe side
Next I will try a fungal cream
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Thanking you in advance
If using fungal cream go for the one that is formulated for use on oral thrush, which will presumably be less harmful if eaten.
Just a comment on the essential oil treatment. I didn't know of the other alternatives at the time and I know people are not keen on it here. However I have to say I have successfully used the Peter Gurney recipe in the past for fungal infection.
The vet had said they were too small to treat with the medicine she had, but the patch on their noses was getting bigger daily so I did the oil treatment and it worked.
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As I remember it a couple of months ago I gave her 3 treatments of ivermectin 10 days apart 0.25mg orally (she was 4-5 months old and weighed approx 400g). I will have to increase the dosage slightly for her weight now
It may be of interest to note (which I have read on this forum before) that both outbreaks have occurred when I have returned from a weeks holiday, stress maybe? I'm very hesitant to leave her with a sitter for more than a couple of days in the future.
My course of action now is
1. Try oral fungal cream for face
2. Wash her body in Nizoral once a week
3. 6 treatments of ivermectin
If this doesn't work I'll take her to a good vet, otherwise she's in good spirits and eats very well
I will upload a picture of her soon for reference. This forum is a great help for a first piggy owner. It's brings me some peace of mind knowing there's something else I can try. Geez it's been frustrating. I will keep you updated, THANK YOU K:)
Being in Australia will definitely change the available medications. The Monistat I mentioned is for women with yeast infections. Do you have a comparable over the counter medication there?
Here's the pictures of poor little Wanita taken today after the essential oil treatment and after washing her with nizoral 1%.
The oil treatment has gotten rid of most of the thick crusty dandruff on her chest area. As you can see the worst of it by far is on her face under her hair, on the jaw line and close to the eye area
By the way her hair in not greasy as it appears in the pics it's just the residue of the oil
I have re thought my course of action
1. Purchase monistat cream or similar product in Australia for face
2. Another course of ivermectin
3 Shampoo with Nizoral once a week
4 Could it be ringworm? Treat her for ringworm
What do you guys think?
The differences between your regimen and what I believe is standard for ringworm in the US is oral Program (a flea/ringworm medicine for dogs and cats) and lyme sulfur dip. Not sure if you have either available, but it'd be good to know. Lyme sulfer is supposed to be really nasty and smell like rotten eggs, but work well.
Would vitamin E oil or coconut oil be soothing for the pig's skin as she heals? It looks so raw and uncomfortable. I've never figured out essential oils. Maybe some would be soothing, but at this point it seems you need some pretty aggressive therapy.
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This is a link to another GL member's girl, who had something that reminds me of your Wanita's problem. It may also give you some ideas.
Stella's Medical Thread
Page 3 has photos of Stella's hairloss on her head, and Page 4 gives a recap of the treatment that SStroh used.
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I'd treat her aggressively and cover all bases just in case:
Since you're in Australia, you can easily order Revolution from www.petshed.com You don't need a prescription for it, and it sometimes works better on stubborn mites cases. While it's generally a monthly treatment, I'd be inclined to use it every 14 days.
Treat for possible ringworm with oral cat Program. I think you need a prescription for this.
In between times use Monistat cream on the possibly fungal areas you can see.
I'd also be tempted to do a lyme dip on this girl which can work pretty quickly on some types of mange.
I use Malaseb shampoo on questionable skin issues, but Nizoral may be fine.
I do hope you can get this cleared up - she has to be miserable.
p.s. can I add your two pics to the board also?