by Dairy Association Co., Inc.
8-Hydroxy Quinoline Sulfate .3% in a Petrolatum, Lanolin base
The only active ingredient is an antimicrobial product used on to prevent cut flowers from getting moldy and an agent to inhibit Botrytis cinerea infections in grape vines.
Come, come, Bag Balm? Ya know someone tried to patent it to treat human baldness. Sounds like quackery to me.
And if you look for 8-Hydroxyquinoline Sulfate, one site claims it is used in deoderants, fungicideds, and antipersperants.
There is absolutely no doubt this is not a miticide and would not kill the mites at all.
I'm with Lisam in not wanting to use this product on my guinea pigs when better options exist.
The most comprehensive review of the active ingredient of this product (which also mentions its use in Bag Balm) notes: This product appears to have a long history of accepted use in conventional agriculture, but literature about toxicity and safety is not reassuring. Its derivation from coal tar, the incomplete studies on dermal and skin sensitivity, and lack of information on this older product render it questionable. Alternatives may be sufficient so that this material is not needed for the welfare of animals in the organic system.
The reviewers mentioned its toxicity, impact on the environment, effect on human health, and on organic agriculture. Their conclusion was:
Hydroxyquinoline sulfate is clearly synthetic and prohibited unless added to the National List. A majority of the TAP reviewers find that the availability of alternatives and uncertainty about safety are sufficient reasons to not recommend its allowance in organic systems. The OFPA prohibits the administration of medicines in the absence of illness (7 USC 6509(d)). One reviewer is concerned that the substance has antibiotic properties, which are also prohibited in subtherapeutic doses under OFPA 6509(d). The NOSB has sufficient reasons to recommend that hydroxyquinoline sulfate not be added to the National List. These reasons include the evidence that the substance is synthetic; that the toxicological properties are not clearly established; that a widely used product containing this substance is considered by FDA to be an unapproved new animal drug; and that there are several alternatives available for producers.
long url from Google -- http://www.ams.usda.gov/oldnop/nop2000/nosb%20recommedations ... uinoline.rtf
Guinea pigs don't get hot spots like dogs do (biting, licking, worrying). They may bite the area if they have mites but there really is no "licking" and worrying that goes on.
The hot spots dogs get described on this site can be caused by a variety of things. If it is mites (I'll pick that because it's the primary cause of a self inflicted injury in a guinea pig), they must be treated. This site recommends treating dog hot spots by:
- Shaving the area. The first treatment for hot spots is to dry them out and get air to the area. Hair loss is a feature of hot spots, but hair can also mat over the inflamed area, covering up a potentially much more severe and large problem.
- Cleansing it with cool water and a gentle skin cleanser.
- Using a cool compress 2-4 times a day with a cool wet washcloth.
- Medications - Depending on the severity and size of the hot spot, your veterinarian may prescribe oral antibiotics, topical drying sprays or medications, and/or special shampoos.
- Prevent the animal from licking, biting, scratching by using an Elizabethan collar
- Additional home remedies they recommend until you can see your vet:
- Tea bag compresses (black or green tea) to aid in drying the area. Tea can be used as a wash or as a compress.
- They also recommend Domeboro's (Burow's) solution (aluminum acetate) -- used as a compress or as a spray. This is supposedly available over-the-counter at pharmacies and is used to help dry the skin out [this product is also used for an animal experiencing urinary incontinence].
- Hydrocortisone creams - Some people advocate using a thin film of an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream. I would recommend talking to your vet first -- in general, creams and ointments only serve to "gunk up" the area and prevent proper drying if used incorrectly. Also, if the pet licks it, you want to make sure that it isn't toxic.