So, I guess I'm not really sure how to proceed. Going to a vet right now isn't financially possible unless we take advantage of the pet store's warranty, but that requires leaving him in their custody until treatment is over, and I don't want him sitting in a room of sick animals for weeks on end receiving bare minimum of care from non-medically trained staff. I'm not even sure it's worth a vet trip, or if he just has dry skin or is reacting to the bedding (care fresh) or something else that could be home remedied or solved by a change to his environment/diet.
If you need any other info, just ask. I'm pretty experienced caring for/medicating animals and am comfortable doing pretty much anything other than injections. So far all I've done is apply VCO coconut oil, figuring it will at least help with itching and maybe help treat something fungal. If I can get pictures of the scabby things later I will but he is squirrelly and uncooperative, lol. Any opinions or suggestions are appreciated.
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You've unfortunately found out the hard way that pet store pigs are often sold sick, with parasites, mis-sexed, and the baby sows are pregnant. Under no circumstances would I take him back to a pet store for treatment. They don't usually use exotic vets, and guinea pigs need exotic vets. Small animal vets means dogs and cats, and they don't get much, if any, training in the care of pocket pets.
But just as a warning. If you can't afford a vet visit for mites, what are you going to do if/when he needs expensive treatment? Guinea pigs are prone to bladder stones, and the surgeries are expensive.
Normally we could bring him to the vet, but our spare money for the month went towards getting him and his supplies/cage, and then our Midwest cage didn't work out (too flimsy/not as catproof as we thought it would be), so we had the unexpected expense of $100+ for C&C on top of all the normal set up costs. And beginning of the month meant rent was due. Our bank account is tapped.