Now, we were given Revolution but told only give it to them ONCE a month even though online I read every 10-14 days. Eventually over 3 months the infestation had gotten better but not fully gone. Then we got our baby Dean, only to learn he also had mites, reinfesting the other three. Unfortunately, revolution is $50 and only has 3 doses. I have four piggies. Getting two boxes even just the once of month is hard on my budget but even so, my vet won't give me any more even knowing we were having a infestation. However they're the best here where I live.
About a month ago, I looked into Ivermectin. Not only was it cheaper to get but from online is seemed to work better and sure enough it has!
However, here's my issue. Although it's working fantastic and with it I'm sure the mites would be gone within 1-2 months, Bailey and Daryl are seeming to have a reaction to it. Theyre loosing fur behind their ears where it goes and it leaves the skin red. Now, theyre both lighter skin piggies so I'm not sure if that's a reason or not? However, i can't keep giving those two Ivermectin because they're reacting to it.
I followed the directions online. I weighed them all and used the lynx Ivermectin dosing chart. We even under dosed a little as a precaution. This was done every 10 days because of the infestation. A friend of mine said I could use a Lime Sulfer Dip and I did receive some. I was told it would kill their mites.
My question is: Is lime sulfer dip safe for guinea pigs? I got mixed reviews online and someone even said it killed their piggie! I'm scared because I don't wanna lose my babies and they cant have mites obviously.
Does anyone have any safe advice/alternatives, is the L.S. Dip safe, and how do I go about it?
I've read its once a week and then spray it on them(avoiding face), but it also says bathe them first. Bathing guinea pigs, especially so frequently is bad for them and their skin. So I'm at a loss there too. Do I not bathe them then? Please me and the pigs really need help :)
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How long is the reaction to the ivermectin lasting? If it's just for a day or so, I wouldn't worry much about it. But if the skin is raw and weeping, then yes, switch to something else.
And if you use ivermectin, you should use the full dose and repeat it every seven days to hit all the life cycle of the mites. Using too little can result in not killing all the mites, and using it too infrequently can do the same.
As far as I know, Revolution is given only once a month.
And it last at least a few days. I just don't know what to do for them because it works beautifully but for those two piggies, they're losing fur and the skins red.
If you do see clear signs of inflammation, read over www.guinealynx.info/fungus.html and try one of the fungal creams to see if it makes a difference.
There are other parts of the body the pour-on can be applied to the skin (parting the hair, closer to the butt, for example). When cows are treated, it is poured (a measured amount) along the spine.
I actually have some of that particular product(a smaller bottle) here at home. That your other guinea pigs are not experiencing the same reaction makes me think it is not the product.