My 1 year old, Midnight recently made a Vet trip and was diagnosed with Mites... she is nearly bald now from itching and was medicated by means of an injection of Ivermectin. My vet would like to see her in 2 weeks and insists that I will see improvement. This was on Thursday (4/17/03).
I am so concerned now since I am not seeing an improvement in that she has itched the same spot over and over, she has removed all the hair in this area and has actually broken the skin and is bleeding what I consider to be a decent amount. If necessary, I can take a photo and post it on the web somewhere if you all may need a visual.
Point blank, she is in pain and obvious discomfort and it is breaking my heart to see her this way.
My question... Is there any home medication that I could provide to make her a little more comfortable until the injeciton does it's job? For example, when kids have chicken pox, sometimes oatmeal alleviates the itch. Is there anything that I can do to alleviate some of the discomfort?
Any help would be greatly appreciated...
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I'm not sure what you could use to relieve her of the itch. Her wound sounds painful. Someone else may know.
Funny thing is that she lives with 2 others (Sophie and Peanut) and they are not haveing problems at all (althought they were also treated by the Vet as a percaution. They have all been together since purchased... we can't explain it.
If a picture of my girl is needed to assist, just ask. I can have one posted in a 'New York Minute'... that means really fast.
Thanks for the replies thus far...
It takes about a week before they START to feel relief.
2 weeks between treatments is actually okay for most pigs but the time span should be no longer than that. Severe cases could take 4 or 5 treatments at 7 day intervals. 7 to 10 days is the average time span.
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The pain medication pinta mentioned is a better idea. Your vet can prescribe it for you. Tell him how much pain she is in with the crying and scratching and hopefully the vet will comply.
I know you want to help her but bathing really isn't a good idea right now.
Also, it isn't uncommon for one pig to have symptoms while the others don't. It doesn't mean they aren't there. All pigs living together need to be treated so it's good you're having the others done as a precaution.
Clean the raw areas with an antibiotic wash of some sort and air dry (or use a blow drier). Try to put on a small amount of preparation H -- it is soothing and may help take away some of the pain.
Read about mites and ivermectin on the GL reference.
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Yeah, the bag balm isn't good either. I'll try to find the thread and post it here.
Josephine works in the veterinary field and Teresa runs a large scale rescue. Both are very knowledable about guinea pig care as are others who posted on that thread. You should reconsider.
See a vet. Don't use bag balm on your poor pig! It will absolutely NOT get rid of the mites!
And yes, this is the same person who was slathering her pig with vaseline! She moderated that advice (since she actually never even used it) but it is still up there.
If you want advice on mites, please read www.guinealynx.info/ivermectin.html and skip that advice.
Ok... so here is what I did... and before you all begin to yell; yes, I went against advice and did the Bag Balm treatment.
I would however like to provide some advice and an opinion here... the Bag Balm works. However, I would like to make some modifications to the link that I posted earlier.
Firstly, I do not recommend petroleum jelly. There are too many unknown factors here and I was not about to take the risk of Midnight eating this stuff... so my thoughts and advice (which I think all of you would agree) stay away from the petroleum jelly.
As for the Bag Balm, I would strongly suggest not putting the Bag Balm all over... in my case, Midnight had a 'hot spot'. I see it all the time with my dog. It happens to him in the summertime when allergy season hits.... this is what Midnight was experiencing. She had one spot that she continued to itch over and over until she bled. This could be most painful.
What I did was, I applied a thin coat of the Bag Balm to her 'hot spot' and massaged it into the area. Yes, this was a bit uncomfortable to her at first... then I could feel her relax as though it were soothing. It was. Her itching ceased immediately and she began eating and becoming social again.
The following day, I also bathed her. I used an aloe based bunny shampoo, which also did the trick. After the bath, I applied a second coat of the Bag Balm.
I have to say although I did not follow the advice of "douse the pig in Bag Balm", the product did do the trick for my sick pig.
So, in conclusion, please do not scorn me for going against your much needed advice, however I took a gamble and it paid off. I couldn't stand by and watch her suffering any more. So, I am sure that you could sympathize.
Finally, I will recommend the Bag Balm treatment. I think that there are horror stories to this, however I also think that this should be used in moderation.
I ordered the Bag Bal at an online pet store... I also bought a second container for my dog.
Once again, thank you for all your help. I do appreciate all opinions!!!