I'm wondering if the Benadryl will make him drowsy or hyper. I forgot to ask the vet. His weight is 1.52kg or about 3.3 lbs. They estimate his age to be between 2 and 3 years. He's a rather large guinea pig. Noticeably larger than the rest of my boys, so I'm comfortable with his weight where it is. He's only .5 pounds heavier than Mr Bubbles and .3 heavier than Sammy. Hopefully he'll get some relief from all of the itching now.
- Supporter in 2019
The Benadryl is relieving BJ's itchiness quite a bit, but he still has a little. The teeth clicking has stopped too. He slept pretty soundly this evening and was pretty lively when he woke up. I changed his fleece today and put his hay and veggies down for him. He ate a few bites of the orange bell pepper slice, but favored the cucumber and carrot stick.
I also brought up his unwillingness to eat leafy greens. They said that without any dietary history on him, it's difficult to know for sure, but it's possible that his previous owner never gave him any. They advised me to keep offering them and see if he starts eating them.
Another possibility, if parasites are not the cause of BJ's itchiness, is something he's allergic to. Possibly the laundry detergent I use to wash the fleece bedding. I use Tide with Febreeze. I do 2 extra rinces, but there could still be enough detergent to cause this reaction if he's allergic to it. I'm going to wash them without detergent and rinse them a few extra times to see if it makes a difference. I suppose it could be the fleece itself too. I hope not.
- Supporter 2016-2020
I also brought up his unwillingness to eat leafy greens. They said that without any dietary history on him, it's difficult to know for sure, but it's possible that his previous owner never gave him any.
We got Jemma and Jasmine at 3 weeks of age and it took years to get them to eat green leafy vegs, and Jay have had her 13 months and all she'll eat is tomato, cucumber and carrot, hay and pellets(when they're not a toy or toilet). BUT when we gave them grass at first wary of it then it was an all out attack. Grass never stood a chance. RIP.
Of Course Jemma and Jasmine have left this world but Jay and Jersey are still here to give me more grey hairs! Hoping all goes well with BJ and tests come back negative!
- Supporter in 2019
As far as the laundering fleece, I always use an unscented laundry detergent. It's possible that something in the Tide w/ Febreeze could be causing skin sensitivity. If it were me, I'd switch regardless.
On the off-chance that he has ringworm, do read:
The standard oral dose is 0.2mg/kg
I don't think you are giving enough. I also think a topical dose would be easier and more effective (split behind the ears). The topical dose is 0.5mg/kg
OASIS #80254 Vita Drops-Pure C ...
I bought a bottle of it in october, but it mysteriously disappeared. I still have the other one I got for Scruffy from last February, but there's no expiration date on it. I know it's not toxic, but the vitamin c breaks down. I need to give BJ a little extra vitamin c.
- Supporter in 2019
For the small amount that you want to supplement, though, I agree that it's probably okay and you could certainly contine to use it until the new stuff arrives.
What you want to know from your vet and the compounding pharmacy is the base line mg/ml (concentration in the suspension) of the liquid they provided to you and what dosage they want you to use (in mg/kg). Then you calculate the dose in ml (or they tell you the dose and you can then calculate what dosage they are using to determine if your guinea pigs are getting enough).
I'm not as interested in finding out whether it's the medication or the detergent free bedding as I am making the itching stop. All I'm worried about is his health and comfort. He's a bit more sociable now too. Yesterday was a really nice, warm day so I had him and Mr Bubbles outside together to graze on the green grass patch. He was trying very hard to get Mr Bubbles to notice him and come over to the wire barrier. Unfortunately, Mr Bubbles was only interested in eating as much grass as he could in the short time they can be out there. He knows that outdoor grazing time is at a premium right now, so he tries to make the most of it. That means no time for socializing. Poor BJ LOL
I can only find 3 possible causes for this type of itching. Parasites, allergies or dry skin. Parasites are under treatment even though the hair samples did rule them out. He's been on detergent free fleece for a week. Is that long enough? Could he be allergic to the fleece itself? I believe I can rule out hay or anything else he's eating. What about dry skin? I'm doubtful on that since it's only in one spot.
I feel terrible for the poor fellow. I'm going to check with the vet to see if the ringworm culture showed anything, but I'm thinking I might need to find a good, safe medicated shampoo for him. He can't go on like this. It's not fair to him to be miserable like this. I have to do something to help him. I just hate seeing him suffer anymore.