The Legend of Barry Jenkins

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daisymay
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Post   » Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:32 pm


I am amazed he didn't stretched out with his legs fully extended laying in the sun. He looks like he is trying to work out how to get rid of the bars or the grass is greener on the other side. So glad he had fun outside.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:33 pm


What a lucky guy he is!

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Sef
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Post   » Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:57 am


He is one very laid-back pig!

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Sat Feb 01, 2020 7:34 pm


Today is a bit chilly so I wasn't able to get them outside. I think I teased him a little yesterday because he keeps coming up to the door and squeaking. He got a taste of it yesterday and he wants more. Another month or so and I should be able to get him and the rest of the herd more time outside.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:00 pm


Poor Barry Jenkins. He's got this unscratchable itch on his hind quarter. No hair loss and no visible bugs, flakes, scabs or blemishes of any kind. Mites are microscopic so I wouldn't be able to see them, but there are other bugs like lice that can cause itching. The lack of hair loss or other mite signs may rule them out. He's got red pigment in his skin because of his breed, so it's difficult to tell if anything is off with the color in the area, but it doesn't look any different than the rest of his body. It just itches a lot. He's got an appointment on Friday, which is the soonest I can get him. I tried to get him a walk in, but the vet is booked solid today and on vacation until Friday.

In the meantime, it doesn't seem like he's suffering otherwise, so I'm just giving him all the love I can and keeping him as comfortable as possible. I cut a big chunk out of my finger with my power saw, so I'm a little limited on how much I can handle the guinea pigs right now. My family is helping me with the piggies right now. If he's still, it doesn't itch as much. He lays under his house or fleece forest a lot, but he does come out to drink and eat hay. When he itches, he turns himself over and flips around like he's extreme popcorning. It's not a seizure because he's doing that to try and reach the itch, but he can't. His oil gland is a little crusty too. I cleaned it the best I could, but he needs a vet's care for it. He came from the humane society with it because I don't let my guinea pigs get like that.

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:30 pm


So why not treat him for mites? Hair loss can be a late-stage symptom. They can itch a LOT before they start losing hair.

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Sef
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Post   » Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:49 pm


Ditto. I would absolutely go ahead and treat for possible mites. Ivermectin can kill a number of other parasites as well, including lice -- although, you would be able to see lice (they are tiny but visible to the naked eye).

As far as a crusty grease gland, I treat with extra virgin cold compressed coconut oil. Works exceedingly well.

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:12 pm


Yes, just put some of that oil on and let it sit. Works great!

I am very sorry about your injury. I hope the finger heals okay.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:02 pm


I'll look for something over the counter for mites. Any suggestions? As far as my finger, the saw chewed it up pretty good. I may still lose the top section of it. We'll have to see how it goes.

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Sef
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Post   » Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:54 pm


It needs to be Ivermectin. See:
http://www.guinealynx.info/ivermectin.html

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daisymay
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Post   » Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:09 am


It needs to be Ivermectin.
Many a time I have used puppy and kitten Revolution to great success. Ivermectin is just far too expensive here! To get all 6 piggies done it comes to over $100.00AUD.

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Sef
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Post   » Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:30 am


The pour-on Ivermectin can be purchased at farm & feed stores in the US for around $30. Cheap, effective and easy to dose. It is also available online, often for around $20 or so:

https://www.revivalanimal.com/product/ivomec-pour-on-generic/all-dog-and-cat-supplies

Revolution, on the other hand, requires a prescription.

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daisymay
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Post   » Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:33 am


Revolution, on the other hand, requires a prescription.

I have bought this many times of Ebay. Ivermectin here in Australia is only available from a vet and is not cheap! A box of Revolution does all 6 girls and only costs $30-$40.00.

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Sef
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Post   » Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:52 am


Obviously there can be differences between countries where availability of certain meds is concerned. Every major pet med site in the US that I'm familiar with requires a script for Revolution. If there is a site that doesn't require it, I haven't run across it lately but maybe there are one or two selling it under the radar. I have not seen Revolution on eBay.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:54 am


Everything I've read on Ivermectin suggests that it should be used under the supervision of a qualified vet. I'll take a trip to the feed stores and see if they have the topical solution to put on the affected area. It's a pretty small part on his back, just out of reach for him to scratch by biting at it. He can't get to it with his claws either. Poor little guy. It's not a constant itch as far as I can tell. His appointment is in 3 days.

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Sef
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Post   » Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:22 am


Ivermectin has a long safety and efficacy record for treating mites and lice in a number of large and small animals when used correctly. You will want plain Ivermectin with no other ingredients. Do read the topical dosing chart and dose based on weight.

For the pour-on formula:
http://www.guinealynx.info/topical_ivermectin_pour-on.html

It is suggested that 3 doses are given 7 days apart. If you have any questions on the correct product to use or how to use it, don't hesitate to ask.

bpatters
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Post   » Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:55 pm


Just as an FYI, Revolution is non-prescription in Australia, and much cheaper than Ivermectin. The opposite is true in the U.S. -- Revolution requires a prescription and is far more expensive than ivermectin.

Renonvsparky, ivermectin is very widely used for everything from hamsters to people, and is safe as long as the dosage is carefully calculated and administered. Any ivermectin formulation can be used topically except possibly the oral kind -- topical and injectable definitely can be.

The guidelines for ivermectin use on this site have been here a LONG time without problems, and are consistent with instructions given by vets.

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Sef
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Post   » Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:55 am


Revolution is non-prescription in Australia, and much cheaper than Ivermectin. The opposite is true in the U.S.
Thank you for the clarification, bpatters. I thought that might be the case. I have used Ivermectin for many years but have only used Revolution once, and it was through my veterinarian (and pricey).

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Sef
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Post   » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:16 am


Renonvsparky, were you clear on all of this?

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:14 pm


Yes. The vet did and full spectrum of samples and all came back negative for parasites except for the ringworm. That one has to grow into a culture for about 2 weeks. They're treating with Ivermectin because it treats every known infection of this type. I'm to give him straight children's Benadryl ( no added treatment for cough etc) for the itch and extra vitamin c. His ears were pretty clogged up. Sammy and Dean had the same thing. Must be a humane society thing.

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