So, to start off properly:
VeBee, intact female, approximately 2 yrs old.
Adopted May 24, 2015 so I designate May 24, 2013 as her DOB
Healthy, at least until put in with my bunch, then she started scratching more. Not seen by vet yet.
I don't know what the he** I'm doing wrong but they have lice AGAIN (still?!?!?!?). Lots of hair loss (all 5). Lots of scratching, etc.
Treating with Ivomec, 1% solution (yes, correct dosage - weigh, weigh, check dosage, draw) once weekly, today will be 3rd treatment.
Completely tearing down cages and soaking everything in bleach/water solution for 20 minutes (hence rusty grids!), then in soapy for another 20 minutes. Fleece and EVERYTHING under it gets washed in hot water with detergent and detergent booster, extra soak and rinse included.
My question: Today is 3rd treatment (Sat X 2 so far). How many more times do I need to do this to kill those #$%$#$%$#$% lice?
As much as I love them, I may have to re-home them simply because my body can't keep up with this regimen every week for much longer.
Weights and Dosages:
Peek: 1281 grms - 0.065 units; 1253 grms - 0.06 units
Scatter: 1427 grms - 0.07 units; 1446 grms - 0.07 units
VeBee: 1187 grms - 0.06 units; 1145 grms - 0.06 units
Flossie: 1163 grms - 0.06 units; 1133 grms - 0.055 units
Fuzz: 1289 grms - 0.065 units; 1271 grms - 0.065
Not weighed or treated yet today - clearing last week's cage, etc, right now.
It is critical you treat punctually. Any variance allows the bugs to get an upperhand. I think 6 wks is the proper duration. After that the piggies should be fine unless re-exposed.
- Contributor in 2014
They no longer get ANYthing that I cannot wash. Period. I've been dealing with this situation for about 2 years, now. Every time I think I'm done, (4-6-8, up to as many as 10 consecutive weeks the time I found out I needed to clean & treat exactly 7 days apart) a couple of months later the suckers are back. Grrrrr!
Thanks, Wheekers3 and PinkRufus. I'll have to believe there IS a light at the end of the tunnel!
Poor VeBee. She thinks she came into a home with a lot of companions. She did. :o/
I know I gave at least 2 Revolution treatments to the others when we found ear mites on Fuzz back in April, which was before I got VeBee. Cats were checked by their vet who said they were clean. I'll talk to our new vet today and see what she suggests. At any rate, I'm planning on another 3 weeks of Ivomec, and all new grids before the end of those 3 weeks.
(Along with new choroplast and some plexiglass.)
Shedding, scratching, parasites - can be a combination of both a fungal infection and mite/lice infestation.
I'll just keep treating with the Ivomec for another 3 weeks. And umm, order some Nizoral shampoo. :o] Just in case, of course! ;o)
I pull them out of the cages, put them in temporary cages, clean up all the bedding, mop the floor, then put new cages together with sterilized (washed & soaked in clorox/water solution for 20 minutes minimum) grids, connectors, and zip ties. Every week (on week 4 this time around). All bedding, hideys, and toys are either washed in hot water with detergent, a detergent booster, and vinegar or clorox, or thrown away. After cages are set up and ready, I treat the pigs with the Ivermec and put them back into the new cage(s).
I don't change my clothes between cage & bedding changes.
I'm the reason the dang lice will NOT die off. I must be transferring lice and/or nits from pig to me to cage. I need to remember to pull out the old t-shirts I used to use when I first treated Peek, Scatter, and Flossie. Actually, just to be damned sure the b******* die, I'll just change EVERYTHING! (hmmm, gonna need disposable shoes. (o; )
I've checked the Ivomec dosage so many times I almost have the table memorized. I've cleaned the cages & bedding each time I've ever treated the pigs. The first few times of treatment, I was under dosing, and I was only treating them 7-10 days apart. The last year or year and a half, I've treated every 7 days on the nose, for a minimum of 3 weeks, and if anything I err on the high end of the dosage. Changing my clothes before putting new cages together is my last hope of getting rid of the damned things. If this doesn't work, I'll just have to keep using the Ivomec periodically to try to keep them under control and the pigs reasonably comfortable. And no more pigs.
I treated them twice for ear mites only a few months ago, using Revolution.
- You can quote me
Ivermectin's efficacy on lice is questionable. If it were me I'd give everyone 2 doses of Revolution, about 2 1/2 weeks apart.
If you can get PLAIN Advantage -- imidacloprid only, no added ingredients -- it will solve the problem. Bayer discontinued it, so it is extremely hard to find, although if you can find it you can keep it. Its shelf life is virtually infinite.
There was a Canadian veterinary pharmacy selling it online. The link is on here somewhere, I think. I've bought it from them and been completely satisfied.
Ivermectin is still good until March 2017. Checked that a few minutes ago, and before I started using it this time around. *_*
We go back for Fuzzbutt's dental work on the 8th. It's gonna hurt the pocket and upset the husband even worse because I'm going to ask for more x-rays, but it MIGHT save my sanity if I also ask for 5 tubes of Revolution. Last time I used 1/2 tube on each pig (I know I wasn't exact) and think I went 2 weeks between each treatment. Does the extra half tube save or should I just ask for 10 tubes in case of over-applying on one or more pig? Can it drawn up into a syringe just like the Ivermectin?
- You can quote me
Revolution keeps, but its carrier is EXTREMELY volatile. Have the little tube open for as short a time as possible, and recap it tightly. Then put the tube in a ziptop plastic bag.
I *think* it can be drawn up in a syringe. A 1cc Monoject should (I think, not sure) fit the top of the tube.
BTW, your "EXTREMELY volatile" worries me a little. Can you explain that, please?