Long story short: A neighbor of this person's mother (occasional GL poster) abandoned their exposed outdoor guinea pig and rabbit over this Thanksgiving holiday. Mother and daughter went to check up on the animals--they were suspicious. Found the guinea pig in a deplorable state and took it. Rabbit is MIA. Tons of flies. Eggs, etc.
They had an appt for the vet in the evening. I advised immediate vet visit. This was a very busy day at the vet. They finally got in. It's pretty bad, worms are eating the inside out of the animal. Current protocol as I know it: subq fluids, flushing out the entry points, antibiotics. They are shaving the rump area as well.
Any suggestions on additional treatment? I'm not sure what they are flushing with. Is there any medication that will help kill them? The vet is keeping her overnight.
Here is the result of my search at the House Rabbit website.
They mention shaving the hair, surgical preparation of the skin, killing the larva with chloroform or other anesthetic, opening the pore surgically and removing the larva intact, keeping the wound dry and clean to faciliatate rapid healing. Ivermectin doesn't work well as dead larva can be potentially fatal.
It sounds nasty and painful. Cuterebra I guess are the larvae of bot-flies. This is called myiasis (fly strike). I hope the larvae can be found and removed.
- Little Jo Wheek
The pig probably has problems secondary to parasitism and toxicity from the maggot larvae. We usually clean up the animals, shaving, antibiotics, antimicrobials in and on wounds, and flush, flush, flush those buggers out. There are sprays that will kill them, but I would not consider them in cavies. I hadn't heard the Capstar thing, but of course since it is new there is not any precedent. Certainly from its pharmacokinetics, it should not hurt the cavy. I don't know if it would help, though.
Nutritional support, fluids, antibiotics, wound flushing and topical treatment--I think that's about it. Poor piggy. We usually use chlorhexidine or dilute betadine, although physiological saline or LRS would be gentle as well.
- I GAVE, dammit!
Ollie is extremely loud, Buttercup is persistent, and Pebbles is higher pitched. Punkin is not loud, and has a really low pitched wheek. Seemee's is just air. Jackie's is very similar to Pebbles, I have a hard time telling those two apart. Angel is loud, high, and long.
I'm wondering on the ill pigs if it has something to do with slight dehydration? Or just weakness? I have no knowledge of dogs at all. Mine all bark just fine. Sigh.