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Ivermectin is a very safe and common injection and the most recommended treatment for mites, however topical applications can also work. You can do that at home. Perhaps it would be worth it to explore that with the vet, have him show you how to apply it, and then follow up with two at home treatments.
Selamectin (Revolution) is another product that has a pretty good rep for mite treatment. It also treats lice and fleas, usually one treatment is all that is needed. Again, a topical application. Many rescues and vets use it.
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My latest foster girl needed two ivermectin shots for lice. For such a little thing, she screamed like a banshee during the first one. I could her all the way down the vet’s hallway. She didn’t make a sound for the second one. Even the vet technician complimented on her being a good girl
If you are worried about the shots, you could see if your vet can use Revolution (kitten) for mites. The vet used this on my two girls. They still ‘squawked’ during the process –carried on like hot wax was being dripped on their bodies - but at least there was no needle touching their skin.
It is good that you are treating your guinea pig for mites. It is fairly easy to treat, and it shouldn't impact his health after he is successfully treated. Your guinea pig will probably squeek quite a bit while the vet puts the needle in (mine did!), but it only hurts for a few seconds.
Do you only have one guinea pig? They are much happier with a guinea pig friend. Perhaps you could adopt another guinea pig from a rescue. You would have to make sure you're cage is big enough though, at least 2 by 4 foot.
By the way, I see you are in the UK. Most people her are in the US. I think the medication for mites has a different name in the UK, so your vet might prescribe something that isn't mentioned on this forum. It could still be the same stuff.
I second rescuing a piggy friend, but only after the mite treatments are finished. Or, get another, and treat both, keeping in quarintine (separate part of the house) for 3 weeks. Knowing you have mites though, you would want to be really really careful, probably full changes and handwashing between handling them. As for cage space, you need at least 7.5 square feet for one, or for two, so it does not impact the amount of room they will take up. They are social animals and really do best with a friend. having more space is better though.
Visit www.cavycages.com for more info on cage sizes and instructions on how to build one cheep.
I think the medication for mites has a different name in the UK
The brand name may be different, but the actual medical ingredient is the same. The injections are likely Ivermectin, or you could try a topical treatment with Selamectin. (The selamectin would be a one shot deal, no need for repeated appointments).
Alternatively, you can buy one from a lady that makes them at Cavy Cages, some of the money goes to support a rescue, but I think with shipping to the UK, it might be a bit expensive. Many people have ripped off the idea and sell them on ebay. Usually they charge really over inflated prices.
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The C and C cage is short for Cubes and Corroplast, which is what the cage is made out of.
See www.cavycages.com for more information.
Also, at the top of this forum is a sticky for UK members.
Before anyone jumps on you, just a hint--this forum is really strict on using proper capitalization and punctuation. It is part of the agreement when you sign up and makes posts much easier to read, which is especially important if you ever have an emergency post you need help with.
If it makes you feel any better, I've been in exactly the situation you are in now. We all make mistakes. I got Oreo from a petshop before I knew better—she came with mites, a URI, and a head-tilt. I won't do that again, but I've learned so much in the past six months that I know my Oreo will have a much better shot at a long and healthy life than she would have if I just continued bumbling along following the advice petshop personnel and the books they sell there.
After you get your pet's mites taken care of and have built him a nice C&C cage (it's fun, cheap and easy to do), you should really strongly consider adopting a same-sex friend for him. That's what we did, and Oreo and Doodle are right now racing around their big cage, popcorning and munching hay.
The shot will be painfull initially but as soon as it is done, they are fine.
Have the vet double check the sex of your pig, because petstores are notorious for not sexing them correctly and if he is with another, you want to be sure they are the same sex. There are too many in the pounds and rescues to be bringing more into the world