The other areas are not bare - all the way around her butt and down on the belly. They simply look like the hair has been trimmed very short. Should I continue to use Gentizol on them since it doesn't appear to make a difference and I can't see any "lesions" from the fungal infection? Should I suspect ovarian cysts? The vet took x-rays in December and couldn't see any sign of cysts from those x-rays last week, just a bit of gas. Are more x-rays in order? I'd post a copy of what was taken in December, but I guess I failed to ask for them. I'll try to get copies and get them posted here.
Fuzz has had many x-rays in her 4 years. Does this have an effect on her?
Ideas and suggestions are very welcome.
The other two pigs are almost completely clear except for the areas on their ears and behind the ears, and those are improving.
Vet says Fuzz behaved very well while they shaved her. Must mean she has my number and isn't afraid to use it.
The rest of the areas on her body seem to growing back, although very slowly. Maybe I'm not getting the edges of the infection as I should be.
Now, if only she will quit struggling while I put the eye ointment in.
The area below her eye is starting to grow back but now there are spots appearing on her nose above the eye. It seems like I take one step forward and 3 steps back. Her body is becoming more and more involved, too. The good news is the "V" on her back is almost gone. Now for the 3 dozen other areas...
- Supporter 2016-2018
Also glad the hair is filling in!
There are a few ways that I have administered eye ointment. I don’t generally use the tube directly because of waste, contamination and lack of control (like when a huge 4 inch line of ointment comes out after the slightest squeeze of the tube! So annoying!).
One is that I use a 1 ml TB syringe, pull out the plunger and squirt some ointment into the syringe. Then just put the plunger back in and then use that to administer your ointment. It has a fatter tip that isn’t as “pokey” and it allows for more control and less waste IMO.
It is also totally legal to use a clean or gloved hand to administer the ointment instead of trying to aim with another applicator. I usually use one hand to restrain/hold eye open and the other to put into either corner of the eye. You could also aiming for the top or lower lid. I sometimes gently lift the upper lid very slightly and aim he ointment in that area. Their eyes are tricky because of how convex they are.
Also remember that their eyes don’t hold that much ointment/solution and it only takes an extremely small amount to treat the eye. A larger eye can only hold 0.1ml of solution and maybe a 3mm strip of ointment. A guinea pigs eyes are a fraction of that size. I’ve had vets tell me to administer 3 drops of solution at one time and I hate to say that it is a waste, because they blink most of it out. Their eyes can’t hold that much.
I'm not sure the distraction method will work but will certainly try. It can't hurt. I've been giving treats AFTER the application of meds, but maybe DURING would work better. And maybe a little more (it's usually lettuce) afterwards.
I thank you all for the ideas and suggestions. It is truly appreciated.