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Mites... Again...

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Zombiebunny Tue 23-Oct-12 19:13:37

so it would seem that my poor little girl pig just cannot shake these mites... Vet said the next step would be the injection... Does anyone have any experience of this?

Just successfully treated a massive wound on her side that has healed very nicely but her hair around her rump is still falling out sad

She is her usual self though so I suppose that's something. She is sitting on my lap eating strawberry tops and broccoli as I type smile

70isaLimitNotaTarget Tue 23-Oct-12 21:19:42

I've done some intensive Googling on mites.
Guinea-Pig Forum has mixed reviews. Some say the injection is worth a couple of seconds of discomfort (it needs to be repeated too).
Some used Xeno 450 (I used this for our boys, but the Rodentologist said they didn't recommend it due to the risk of reaction. I'd already given 2 doses by this time and a couple of weeks back the boys were being a bit scratchy so I put the last dose on them)

IIRC some guinea experts don't recommend skin scrapings (they used to do them on Animal Hospital) but that might be an idea to see what you're dealing with- mites, lice, ringworm , hormonal problems, scurvy can all lead to hair loss.
And it's fair to say you can have conditions co-existing confused

It's a good sign the wound has healed up (bless her)

70isaLimitNotaTarget Tue 23-Oct-12 21:23:28

You could maybe change your hay brand.
Might be mites living in hay?
It's been rubbish this year, it's gone up in price about 50p a 4kg bag and it's harsh and coarse.

I alternate between Jolleys, The Range and Pets@Home. All of them I've noticed a difference this year.

Zombiebunny Tue 23-Oct-12 21:42:12

Hi 70!

We buy Our hay from a local farm... I'm so worried About her sad just want to make her better sad

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