Itchy and Scratchy was surrendered to OC Cavy Haven.
They are two boars bought as pets from Petco. The owners obviously had little empathy for small animals. They didn't think they were suffering, Nicole (charybdis) had to point it out to them.
Itchy and Scratchy were kept in a bird cage:
These boys were only about 6 months old. Their mites were so bad that they couldnt stop scratching themselves. They scratched so much that they had bloody, oozing sores all over. They would scratch and scratch while screaming. Every few minutes, one would flip over and seize.
They were treated with Ivermectin, Torubuterol (pain killer) and Dexamethasone (steriod), which was necessary in extreme cases like this to reduce inflammation and itching.
On top of the mites, they had scurvy from malnutrition. Scratchy has a severe ear mites, resulting in a permanent head tilt.
They had to be bandaged so they would stop ripping holes in themselves:
We even bandaged their feet for extra protection:
They really really hated being all bound up. They would go nuts as soon as you put them back in their cage with the "staight jacket" on.
Improving.. slowly but surely:
After a lot of TLC and medication (ivermectin)..
They finally look like this:
Scratchy, unfortunately, has a head tilt that will likely never go away. He's standing on my stomach without even noticing that the whole room is sideways. His entire inner ear must be damaged.
for appropriate bandaging.
And guys.. this is suppose to be a serious referencey thread. Talk about my chest elsewhere. And I think I get enough action in real life to not have to get complimented by some dude over the net... thank you very much.
This is a good example of what can happen when mites flare up. Pigs with mites NEED to get ivermectin ASAP. These pigs should never have been allowed to get that bad. The previous owners were disgusting.
These guys were seriously straved.. it wasnt just the mite problem. Somehow, I think those 3 females are probably dead.
Thanks for putting this up.
Tell me, what kind of guys are they now? Are they friendly? Do they seem happy?
BTW.. we also want to thank all the people who donated money to those two. It really added up to be a good sum and really helped up get thru it all.
Yes those two are very sweet boars. They were handled so much that they don't mind being held anymore. They don't seem to be the brightest pigs, in my opinion but definitely really big sweeties. I just hope someone will adopt these guys. They're obviously not perfect looking.
EDIT: BLM... a lot of the cost of ill pigs comes from our pockets. Luckly, some really nice GLers donated some funds for those two.
We used Dex and Torb, which is a pain killer and a steriod, to held relieve the pain and itching. It helped them stop seizing.
I hope the next time some dumbass says they dont want to spend money for ivermectin or refuses to believe their pet store pigs have mites.. this thread will scare them into doing the right thing.