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Shai is very bald

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fortifiedwithtea Wed 18-May-16 09:17:27

Shai started losing the hair on her legs wish I had the same problem odd place for mites but I gave her a dose of Xeno 450. No improvement. I bought Gorgeous Guinea treatments and both girls got a bath.

Then we boarded the girls while we were away for a few days with Guinea Pig rescue. The lady at the rescue put Shai under her microscope but found no mites.

Over the weeks Shai has become more bald. Hair thinning out over her whole body.

Yesterday I took both girls to the vet. Vet noticed Millie is not affected and thought that strange as the problem has gone on for so long why hadn't it spread to Millie? She took some skin scrapings and rang me back with her findings later in the day.

The results are baffling. Vet found objects that looked like mite bodies but no legs confused DH went back to vets to collect treatment. Both girls have been given mite treatment and the hutch is out in the garden. It needs to be thoroughly cleaned and sprayed with Indorex. A very strong pesticide which means guineas can't go in their hutch for 2 days after spraying.

Luckily I kept Todd's old hutch which is far too small but he loved to sleep in it, he just didn't like the door shut because he was a house piggy and liked to be free during the day.

The girls reaction to Todd's hutch was funny. I think Shai remembered it she used to sneak in and steal Todd's food. But Millie kept looking at the walls in a bewildered way. Also the girls can't share the bedroom, too small apparently. Shai has claimed the bedroom and Millie is sleeping by the nugget bowl croissant style.

Seeing the old hutch back in the house has given me lovely but sad memories of Todd. I still miss him very much sad He used to sleep on a folded towel and I used to roll one end because he liked to sleep with his head propped up on a 'pillow'. Found out at the very end he had a lump in his neck which explains his need for extra comfort sad

If Shai's hair doesn't grow back the vet wants to take a blood test as the next probable cause is hormones. That will not be fun so lets keep fingers and paws crossed its mites.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 18-May-16 10:57:15

Poor Shai sad

When I read through and it was only one piggie, I thought "Hormones" (Female,slightly middle aged,) Has Shai had piglets? Some hormonal problems are less common in bred from sows (though obviously not a good enough reason to let them breed for this alone)

Something pinged in my head about lice, looked on Gorgeous Guineas site - Ivermectin doesn't affect lice , not blood suckers.
Hopefully your vet can find out through microscopic scrapings.

You could give Lice'n'Easy a try but it's weird that only one pig is affected confused (so yes, hormones sounds viable)

I'm sure Todd would be delighted that his hutch is being used by the girls, and yes, it's bittersweet to think back on their odd little ways.

FernieB Wed 18-May-16 15:23:48

All the Fernie fingers and paws are crossed for something simple. There's no way any of my boys (long eared or otherwise) would enjoy a blood test. It's a good job you kept Todds old hutch. I've still got previous buns old hutch (used as storage in the shed) - she died 6 years ago at the age of 3.5 and she'd only used it for a couple of months before she became an inside bun, so no idea why I kept itconfused.

Hope the girls are enjoying their change of scene. They'll probably need extra parsley to help them acclimatise to their new surroundings.

fortifiedwithtea Wed 18-May-16 15:56:30

The girls are dealing with the new accommodation by sleeping. Sort of wake me up when its all over. Thing is, it has rained all day so I've not scrubbed out the hutch.

Never bred from Shai, we got her as a baby from a pet shop. Vet asked was she a new piggy as she has not been seen before. I told her no, just lucky never needed treatment before. She's like Millie now has the title of Senior Lady as she has attained 5 years of age wink smile

fortifiedwithtea Tue 24-May-16 21:44:46

Shai is as bald as ever, cause must be hormonal. I am not putting her through a blood test.

Might have to embrace the Great British Sewing Bee and make her a guinea pig sized babygro for winter wink

70isaLimitNotaTarget Tue 24-May-16 22:05:19

I suppose , one way to look at it is hormonal hair loss isn't contagious like parasite so at least Millie can't catch anything (except an evil glare when those female pig hormones come to the fore)

Guinea-sized Babygrow ( or CavyGro - hey there's a market there wink ) ?

Ermmmmmm Good Luck with that one grin
She's going Skinny Guinea then she'll be worth at least £80.

FernieB Wed 25-May-16 07:35:04

I'm always looking for a knitting projectgrin. My boys have turned their noses up at proposed matching bobble hats (with ear holes for Current Bun) and jumpers.

Poor Shai, but as 70 says, at least it's not contagious. She'll just have to start her own YouTube channel and make millions.

fortifiedwithtea Wed 25-May-16 11:23:32

70 like the idea of Shai increasing her value by being a skinny pig. She needs to; DH told me vet bill was £91 for the consultation, 2 pipets of Xeno 450, skin scape observed under microscope and one can of powerful flea spray. I was shock, thought I was going to fall through the floor when he told me sad

FernieB Wed 25-May-16 12:07:20

Time for Shai to start paying her own vets billswink

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 25-May-16 12:44:39

OMG - Ludwik has such a downturned little mouth, so judgey looking (I'm not a fan of SkinnyPigs, too labour intensive) but are my guineas pulling THAT face under their fur shock ??

£91 ! She needs a Saturday job fortified

fortifiedwithtea Wed 25-May-16 15:38:44

I am a child of the 70's, I see Ludwik and I see a Clangar grin

Unfortunately Shai has no time for paid employment. I need both guineas to mow our huge lawn since DH was a twat mowed over the electric cable hmm smile

FernieB Wed 25-May-16 16:33:21

I see a Clanger toogrin. Amazed it can survive on earth without its blue string soup.

My pigs claim they more than pay their way as they mow and fertilise the lawn throughout the year and that covers their board and lodgings and any medical bills. Although now Scruffy is retired (he just potters in the garden for fun), Ginger is having to mow twice as hard!

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 25-May-16 17:12:15

Tsk Blue String Pudding and Soup from the Soup Dragon
I just showed DD a You Tube video, she was shock at the rubbish classic shows that were round in my day.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 25-May-16 17:14:53

My hogs reckon they earn their keep gardening but I have rectangular patches that look like a locust swarm has attacked.

I need Free Range rabbits that would potter about tidying all the random grass areas but we're a Rabbit Free Zone due to the pesky foxes (and I'm scared of rabbits wink )

FernieB Wed 25-May-16 18:21:49

You could end up with a lazy bun like mine who doesn't eat grass. He'll sit on it and run on it but that's as far as his interaction with that green stuff goes. He's currently eating newspaperconfused despite having a full hay rack, food bowl and some parsley.

FernieB Wed 25-May-16 18:24:20

BTW Current Bun is not at all scary (far too docile and lazy) but he does scratch legs and bite ankles for attention. In his head he's grooming us and pulling our loose fur out!

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