I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I feed them lettuce, peppers, cucumber, (seeds cut), carrots, apples, strawberries (couple times a week) we have changed bedding because we thought that was a problem, changed hay, switched up their little diet, but my baby girl has a bunch of dry patches on her!! I have 2, my one is fine and only has a couple but they are just little dry patches that are easily fixed after a coconut oil bath. My other girl however has scratched it to no end. I polysporn her, I had mild steroid cream for my eczema, I don't know what to do and it's scary because I love them sooooooooooo much!
They are just over 2 months old, all activity has stayed the same. Still active, killing, vocal, etc. We have searched for fleas/tics. And I have had ringworm before and it doesn't look like it at all either.
Thanks in advance, I need all the help I can get.
It is possible there are mites, too. You didn't mention ivermectin or Revolution.
Go easy on any fruits. Look over www.guinealynx.info/diet.html and www.guinealynx.info/fave.html
Consider a fungal issue (might be fungal but not ringworm).
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That said, there's no "natural" treatment for mites that I know of.
- Contributor in 2014
By coconut bath, do you mean you gave her a bath with some kind of coconut shampoo, or slathered her skin with oil, or what?
I wouldn't use any antibiotic or steroid cream on her that she could lick off and get sick from. You need to find out the cause of what you are trying to treat. It is possible to just be dry skin.
For what it's worth, in 17 years of keeping Skinnies, I have never had to treat any for lice or mites, but I have had a couple with ringworm in the past.
I did my research on my cream and it's nothing harmful to ingest. I do care about my piggies and love them and wouldn't want to put them in danger.
I really wish I knew how to post pictures, if someone could inbox me an email or something so I can send pic would be great. It looks like human eczema.
She is scratching herself so badly it bleeds but it really doesn't look like anything I have googled or got links for.
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I have had skinny pigs for almost 8 years and dry skin never caused them to scratch that badly and coconut daily took care of it. I would get her checked out so you can know what you are supposed to treat her with. Their skin is highly sensitive, so slathering her up with this and that could do more harm than good. It is best to get it checked out to know what the game plan should be. Anything you put on her skin, runs the risk of going into her mouth and eyes, since they self clean.