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I am fostering a baby with the same problems. I have been giving him the Benedryl at .02cc two or three times a day and it does help. He is also on Meticam .15 twice a day. My vet didn't want to give steroids if we don't need to. We shaved him so I can treat the sores with Panalog twice a day. He is also on Bactrim for any infection, plus probiotics.
He stills scratches and screams when he does but is slowly getting better. I tried bandaging him and he totally freaked.
Also, the bathing made him seize so I don't do that any more.
It's heart rending to hear them screaming, but eventually they do get better.
(Boyfriend says she's going to get a complex, always being marinated in cooking oil.)
This morning, first thing, she was already back to itching. I'm going to try an every 12 hour dose of Benedryl and see if that removes it.
I wrapped her this morning (which took a good half hour while trying to figure out how to wrap a potato with legs) and then 15 minutes later she'd gotten everything off.
I also noticed once I got home from the vet (ain't that always the way?) that she's got a black spot on the top of her left incisor, but she's eating fine.
I wish I had tips for wrapping. Jasper was very good (or very drugged) and left his vetwrap alone. I did make sure to keep the line where it ended on the top of his back- on the sides his toes could catch it for scratching off. I stretched the very back part of the vet wrap a bit tighter so that it would catch at his hips. He was basically wrapped from shoulders to hips.
Clementine sounds like she's VASTLY improved!
- 4 the Good of all Pigs
Perhaps you could fashion something out of an old sock? I think on a pig a wristband might be too tight but maybe an extra large one would be worth a try too.
I don't know much about steroids and mites, but my Piggy was treated with both ivermectin and dex at the shelter before I adopted him so it is done.
I'm sure she's feeling loads better now and will continue to improve in the future. Will she let you scratch that tooth spot? Maybe it's just a piece of schmutz in there?
She is such a funny, sassy pig. I finished wrapping her and she peed on me for the first time ever.
I'm going to try with a sock tonight... I had wrapped the bandages around her front, but her front is actually very sensitive (though she's not itching is very much), and I think that's what made her so irritated by it.
More on pigwrap fun later!
- 4 the Good of all Pigs
I hope that helps her. I find it amazing how quickly these little guys respond in the best of living conditions. In another week or so, she will look like a different pig!