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1. I think you are recallling correctly: 3 doses, 10 days apart.
2. "Top ups" make sense, but I think (think, not know) it depends on the response of the individual pig to the treatment.
3. Not sure but think the answer would be yes. Check with your vet.
We had to wait quite a while for the vets to get the meds in stock, and Rosie squealed like a pig when she got the injection :/ I felt terrible. Amazingly as always she refrained from pooping on the vet and held her pee in right until she got home and back in her pen.
She gets her next injection on Thursday next week. Thanks again for all the advice so far :)
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It's a horrible sound, isn't it? :-(
Guinea pig skin is tough stuff. Think about trying to inject something into a football. The vets have to stick them really hard, but once stuck, they're generally fine.
Cats (and humans) have softer skin and are easier to stick, but it hurts longer afterward. (Or so I'm told.)
Rosie got her second injection last night, and it went a lot better I think. As soon as it was done and she was back in the box she was so happy, she knew that was everything and she was going home!
We're going to try introductions this week and see if she will go back in the big pen so we can monitor her behaviour better. Living by herself it is hard to see how much the injections have helped but she definitely seems a lot happier these days.
What're the doses your vet is giving? I know checking with Thistle, that the recommended dosings are two, 10 days apart, and then a third 40 days later. That's where I made a big mistake with Mary in the summer - I thought it was 40 days, then 10 - so went off on holiday! (she is still doing fine though despite her twittish owner).
All the best,
I'll get the bloke to phone the TC vet and double check what he said we were to do - thanks for the heads up on how long to wait! If that vet tells us to go for the third injection then we'll tell the local vets to give us it at the correct time. Having all these vets can get a bit confusing!
Has Mary had all her injections successfully now? I was glad to read she was doing so well.
And you're definitely not twittish... especially if you post more pics of your girlies I can coo over ;)
The last couple of weeks Rosie started rumbling again and immediately we made an appointment to see the same vet that Thistle Cavies use again. In the meantime Rosie had a bath that stopped her rumbling but we still knew we had to check her out.
The vet could hardly feel her right ovary but her left ovary is again enlarged - I think the vet said there was a pea to bean sized bump on her ovary though my boyfriend is sure he said the ovary felt pea to bean sized... either way the plan of action is the same and we decided not to put her through the stress of coming back for an ultrasound as the vet was so thorough with the physical examination (the ultrasound machine was at another practise at the time).
Tomorrow the bloke will phone our local vets and schedule another two hormone injections. Does anyone think it would be wise to get three done this time? I'd appreciate any insight on that.
We plan to stick with hormones anyway if this problem does reoccur - for those who treat their pigs with hormones, how often do you find you have to do so? I'm perfectly happy to do it as often as needed as long as Rosie is a happy piggie.
I forgot to mention as well that on top of everything else Rosie has decided to model a greasy butt this season - argh! Well I was planning on buying some coconut oil anyway for myself and in the meantime I have some vitamin E oil. Fantastic to have it on my pig with everything else wrong and the one who screams in the bath, sigh.
She had her first hormone injection yesterday. She bent the first needle - must be a super pig :)
On top of all that Rosie also now has a lump on her bum. It's between her bits and her grease gland but over to the left side if you are facing her rear end. It's about the size of, I think a large pea. It's quite spherical and hard, just under the skin, nothing on the skin is out of the ordinary, no sores or hair out of place, and when I fiddle with it she's not concerned at all.
Brie is back on Monday for her second hormone injection so I'll take Rosie along for an exam and a biopsy. I trust the local vets to do that at least as it isn't such a species specific problem.
Any ideas on what it is most likely to be?
I just can't catch a break right now with my girls :/
Edit: also does anyone know of any GL users that have experience with hormone injections? I'd like to drop them a line and see if they have any pigs that get injections regularly.
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Given the location it's likely to be a cyst. If so, you should have your vet lance and squeeze it. Generally they just go away with that treatment, but they can return.I think a large pea. It's quite spherical and hard, just under the skin, nothing on the skin is out of the ordinary, no sores or hair out of place, and when I fiddle with it she's not concerned at all.
Keep on with the ivermectin treatments.