Callie - Scratching/Head Shaking

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:20 pm


This page may help you with dosing too (general information):
www.guinealynx.info/calculate_dose.html

IssaG

Post   » Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:25 am


Awesome. Thank you both. I'll do my best to get it right this time.

IssaG

Post   » Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:53 pm


I've retreated and we'll see what happens. Nibbles was tougher as her hair went all the way to her ear, so hopefully I got it rubbed in anyway.

So as I understand it, 3 or 4 for the itching to stop, then another treatment in 7-10 days.

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:07 pm


Seven days for the next treatment. A total of at least three treatments, and a fourth if it was a bad infestation.

rjespicer

Post   » Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:22 pm


Sorry to butt in but bpatters is the stuff you mentioned on Amazon the Litre bottle of blue liquid from Durvet? Just in case we end up needing it.

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:01 pm


I used to be able to get a smaller bottle than that, but don't see it anymore.

This is what it looked like: /www.amazon.com/Durvet-Ivermectin-Pour-1-Lt/dp/B000HHM6I0/ref=sr_1_7

rjespicer

Post   » Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:42 pm


Ok Great Thanks i found this one too but it said injectable rather than pour on.

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:45 pm


Injectable is fine. And you don't have to inject it. You can also pour it on.

IssaG

Post   » Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:20 pm


I retreated again. Callie's scratching started getting bad again, so I hope that this round does it. She's losing hair behind her ears and looks like she has a mohawk going. The skin showing is not flaky or crusty or so I'm still going with the mite theory.

On an unrelated note, I've found patches of white on the fleece. From what I've read, that's extra calcium in their urine. They are both young, under 6 mo. and I feed them blue grass hay and unlimited alfalfa pellets. So far veggie wise they've received lettuce and cucumber the most often, yellow pepper and celery, we just introduced carrots, and they received a few strawberry tops/leaves. So the calcium is coming from the pellets I assume. Do we just live with it for now since they are so young and should be on the alfalfa pellets?

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:46 pm


We don't generally worry about calcium deposits in very young pigs.

And FYI, you're never going to get rid of all the calcium spots. The fewer you have, and the smaller they are, the better. But all pigs are going to secrete some extra calcium.

IssaG

Post   » Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:46 pm


Okay, good to know. I'm not worried about getting the out. One of my fleeces is already stained from the urine (plus side I learned the corner they prefer to do their business). The piggies won't care about the colors so I'm not going to care either.

IssaG

Post   » Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:48 pm


Oh, and I have another issue with Callie that's not the itching. So I think I need to keep that in this thread. She has an extra toe on each back foot. They just hang there, no bone structure. The site told me what they were and I have an appointment with the vet in two weeks to get those toes evaluated and removed. I assume that should be very easy...a little local, snip, wrap. They shouldn't need to do more with that, should they?

bpatters
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Post   » Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:05 pm


They may not even wrap. But yes, it should be an easy removal.

IssaG

Post   » Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:14 pm


That's what I thought. They don't cause her problems right now but if I don't get them off you know she'll tear them on Saturday night during a snow storm. That's the way these things seem to go : )

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:40 pm


You can read more about it in the foot area. Some vets use a ligature to cut circulation to the dangling toe. If it looks healthy, I would leave it.
www.guinealynx.info/feet.html

IssaG

Post   » Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:56 pm


Thanks Lynx. It looks healthy except for the nail. It's curling in and will eventually grow into the pad of the toe. I'm loathe to try and cut it because the toe is is just hanging loose and I'm afraid I'll damage it trying. But I'll remember the ligature as an option.

IssaG

Post   » Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:54 pm


So an update on the vet visit this morning. We went to a cavy and rabbit expert. First Callie. She decided to leave Callie's extra toes alone. They are high on the foot and are causing no problems. She showed me how to cut the nail on that toe. So I'm feeling better about that. Callie had a tag in her ear that was causing bleeding. They used gas anesthesia to remove it. The ear is now infected so they put her on Sulpha/Trimeth for 10 days.

Nibbles. Nibbles has an upper respiratory infection so she is also on Sulpha/Trimeth for 10 days.

The Ivermectin wasn't working, so we are now on Revolution once a month.

I can't post the dosages as my husband took it all home with him but that's it overall. So I'm off to read all the site has on antibiotics and what you do when your guinea is on them.

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:36 pm


You might start here:
www.guinealynx.info/antibiotic_advice.html

Be prepared to hand feed if she loses appetite:
www.guinealynx.info/handfeeding.html

IssaG

Post   » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:10 pm


Thanks for the links! That makes it easier. They've been quiet all day, just drinking from what I can tell, but that's pretty normal for them during the day. They start ramping up around 5 or 6 pm. So we'll see what happens then.

IssaG

Post   » Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:10 pm


Well after a week of antibiotics, and still a few days to go, both are doing great. Callie's ear healed up nicely and Nibbles is sneezing less. They have had one dose of Revolution, and still itch, but it is much less. The vet said guineas can scratch as they grow (she was not on board with mites since there was no hair loss) but either way, there is less scratching so that is good.

No appetite problems though giving them the medicine has been interesting. Callie has a huge mouth/cheek pocket. I can push almost the entire dosage in her mouth before she works on swallowing. Nibbles barely takes any before chomping and licking so it takes a while for her to get it all. Callie is an Aby and Nibbles is an American so maybe their heads are different shapes. Anyway, after a week of this both of them are becoming agitated with the syringe, and I can't blame them, so I'll be glad to get this done and behind us.

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