The vet offered instead to take Lollipop in, treat her and find her a new home. So he called Susie and offered her to her first.
Lollipop is receiving injectable Ivermectin.
We've given her a bath with Gorgeous Guineas shampoo and a CocoNeem melt which is still on her fur since Susie got a bit enthusiastic with the melt. We have a little bit of sudocrem on her skin to try and sooth it.
When we touch her skin she twitches, squeals and then frantically worries it. It obviously pains her a lot so we've taken to handling her as little as possible and carrying her in her bed when we can.
Does anyone who has experienced severe skin problems have any tips on how we can soothe her skin and make it less painful for her while her skin heals?
Poppy piggy - thanks, we'll speak to the vet about this option. Steroids aren't something we'd want to give her without careful consideration since she's getting a NSAID already.
Thanks, Tracis, I'll have a wee look! Susie should be on shortly to read the thread responses.
Today I marinaded poor Lollipop in Olive Oil. She's started opening herself with the scratching now so hopefully the moisturising effect of the oil will make that less likely in the future.
I am taking sock donations to make her a body wrap, too. Looks like my collection of first aid bandages will finally have a use.
ETA: I used a mash of cucumber and olive oil to moisten and soothe Polly's skin. Worked rather well.
We've got her the steroid cream to help ease her itching. Now her skin's exposed (not under the crusting) she's able to bite holes in herself.
She seems to be using her mouth to itch.
It is not difficult - all you need is some interfacing with glue on one side (found where you can buy sewing equipment - ask for the stiffest type they have) and a few paper clips. Iron the interfacing together (remember to iron from the glueless side!), two or three layers thick, and cut out the collar about 18 cm / 7 inches wide with a hole in the middle that is about 6 cm / 2 and a half inches wide. Make a paper pattern first if you are unsure about the size.
On this one I made for Polly I also lined the opening with two layers of fleece to avoid chafing. Polly wore it first for a few minutes, but with pauses and bribes tolerated to wear it for longer. First I fastened it with paper clips, but later I used those to ajust it until I was sure it was tight enough, and then secured everything with a few staples. Make sure there are no sharp edges the pig can get injured by.
I hope this helps, and that Lollipop feels better very soon!
Lolly is doing brilliantly today, really happy with her progress - and all because of a simple dosing of Ivermectin and a bit of marinading in sudocrem/sterioid/olive oil (not at the same time!)
I'll update later with pictures
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You probably know this but the mites can actually become more active as they die off, so it may seem one step forward, two back for a bit but then she'll go straight forward.
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