- Contributor in 2014
This may not even be related to the affected area of skin and hair. If he is anxious or in pain, he could just be barbering because he is nervous (kind of like when people bite their nails or wring their hands).
He seems to be a lot less itchy, and we have not seen him doing any obvious barbering.
We'll continue with the ivermectin (second and maybe third treatment) and see if his hair regrows without further barbering.
- Contributor in 2014
I would be suspicious of mites showing up out of the blue. Since mites are opportunistic it may not be a bad idea to get Frost a senior check-up. I always take mine in for that when they turn five.
- You can quote me
Ours will eat their final feces obsessively for a day or two if they get emotionally upset, but I've never seen this in ours (and we have some very emotionally delicate pigs ;-).
Still, I think he should see a vet. I am just trying to find one closer than K-State (and less expensive, too, as our K-State trips can easily hit the $500 to $1,000 range) that is cavy savvy.
I'll post again when I know more.
She feels very sure that Frost's issues are allergy related. She said his skin is healthy and that the hair is healthy and strong. She is going to start him on an antihistamine after -- surprise -- she fixes his teeth, which become maloccluded at some point since we moved.
Milo, on the other hand, concerned her. She noted all the things I brought up - the feet hinting at bumblefoot, the hint of pea eye, the gunk in one ear, the boniness in his hips. She said his heart and lungs were great, though. She wants to really thoroughly check his teeth and do some blood work, so he's going back with Frost next week.
Incidentally, she was thrilled to see the GL weight chart and said she wished all owners kept them. She's also familiar with GL.
- 4 the Good of all Pigs
Frankie ran into the wall last week doing zooms, and both his teeth broke below the gum line. One fell out in the waiting room of the vet, and the other was hanging by a thread, so she pulled it out. It's been a week, but they are already starting to grow back. I just put some critical care in the cage, and julienned his veggies. He was able to eat pellets and hay by gumming them back to his molars like Ed.
Weigh him and make sure he is eating, drinking, and pooping. They will grow back and wear like they should. Just keep an eye on him.
So is lettuce safe if it is cut into strips?
We have no immediate access to critical care right now. One bottom and one top incisor seem to be mostly okay.
Is hay safe?