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scoottie
01-20-16, 10:46 pm
I live in a dry place and it seems to be affecting my piggies ears is there anything I can put on them.

sallyvh
01-20-16, 10:51 pm
You can rub on some cold pressed Virgin coconut oil. It can be found in pretty much any grocery now a days.

It can get pretty dry inside my house in the winter and my one sow gets dry ears. Coconut oil once or twice a week always keeps her ears soft!

scoottie
01-20-16, 10:52 pm
Thanks I will see about getting some

scoottie
01-21-16, 03:55 pm
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He isn't itchy and it doesn't seem to bug him and its just that ear. it does look like anything other than it being just dry

bpatters
01-21-16, 05:44 pm
I can't tell. The picture is too small and dark. But it's not likely to be anything other than possibly fungus, and unless it's a really bad infestation of it, the coconut oil should clear it up.

scoottie
01-21-16, 08:25 pm
Alright thanks I am going to get some tomorrow

scoottie
01-22-16, 06:25 pm
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This was the only thing I could find at the store. Will this be fine because if not I will have to order online for it.

scoottie
01-22-16, 06:29 pm
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A bigger picture

bpatters
01-22-16, 06:36 pm
If that means cold pressed, that's what you want. If it's processed with heat, the antifungal and antibacterial qualities are destroyed.

scoottie
01-22-16, 06:46 pm
Means no external heat applied to it

scoottie
01-22-16, 07:10 pm
bpatters how often should I put it on his ear?

bpatters
01-22-16, 07:14 pm
Twice a day until it clears up (if it does). Then once a week or so, to keep his ears soft and supple.

scoottie
01-22-16, 07:18 pm
Okay thanks

scoottie
02-09-16, 12:02 pm
Both boys will be heading to the vet

scoottie
02-09-16, 01:32 pm
Will an admin please update the title to be general Leo/Sawyer also my boys are showing signs of a URI what will the vet be doing to determine if they have it?

bpatters
02-09-16, 01:41 pm
Listening with a stethescope, possibly taking an x-ray.

scoottie
02-09-16, 02:28 pm
How could they of gotten a URI

bpatters
02-09-16, 02:30 pm
Who knows? I've got one that's getting over a bad case of pneumonia, and I have no idea how she got it.

scoottie
02-09-16, 02:56 pm
It sucks not knowing how it happened oh and they are 8 1/2 weeks old Birthday is December 11th

bpatters
02-09-16, 03:03 pm
What symptoms of a URI is he having?

scoottie
02-09-16, 03:05 pm
Sniffling sneezing and coughing

bpatters
02-09-16, 03:58 pm
Get him to an exotic vet.

scoottie
02-09-16, 04:01 pm
I have a appointment already.

scoottie
02-12-16, 11:30 am
I have been to the vet and they have been put on antibiotics doxycycline and to watch behind Sawyer's ear near is normal bald spot for hairloss of possible mites since he has been itchy.

scoottie
02-12-16, 12:46 pm
I was wondering should I get a probiotic

bpatters
02-12-16, 01:44 pm
Mine can take doxycycline without a probiotic, but one wouldn't hurt.

scoottie
02-12-16, 01:54 pm
I will get it tomorrow then thanks

scoottie
02-13-16, 03:21 pm
Well they had their first dosage today and seem to of liked it.

scoottie
02-17-16, 10:34 am
Sawyer is losing more hair and i am think mites with him being 9 1/2 weeks old how would i take care of it?

bpatters
02-17-16, 10:38 am
Where is he losing hair? Is he scratching a lot? Pigs with mites will do some pretty insistent digging at the spots that itch, and guinea pigs shed a lot. So if it's just loose hair, with no scratching, it's probably normal shedding.

Whether or not you can treat him yourself depends on how much he weighs and where you are. If he's under 350 grams, he needs kitten Revolution, which is only available by vet prescription in the U.S. It's over the counter in some other countries. If he's over 350 grams, you can treat him yourself. See https://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/threads/111160-How-to-treat-for-mites.

scoottie
02-17-16, 12:30 pm
He does scratch a lot. I know they have a bald patch behind his ear but its growing. He is 498 grams right now my vet uses pounds so he is 1.1 pounds.

bpatters
02-17-16, 12:32 pm
Then I'd treat him for mites.

scoottie
02-17-16, 12:36 pm
Should I wait until the antibiotic is done? My vet told me to call and talk about a treatment to save me an office visit.

bpatters
02-17-16, 12:37 pm
No, it won't make any difference about the antibiotic.

scoottie
02-17-16, 12:38 pm
Okay. Thanks

scoottie
02-18-16, 04:23 pm
Day 6 of the 10 days and they are still coughing and sneezing.

pinky
02-18-16, 04:44 pm
Day 6 of the 10 days and they are still coughing and sneezing.
Finish the antibiotic and if they're still coughing and sneezing, take them back for a recheck. Sometimes it takes more than one round of antibiotics or a different one to fight an infection.

bpatters
02-18-16, 04:47 pm
Doxycycline won't always clear up a URI. They may need something stronger.

scoottie
02-18-16, 04:52 pm
Okay thank you i have to call the vet tomorrow anyway

scoottie
02-18-16, 09:53 pm
I was wondering what other antibiotic would they be put on for being so young

bpatters
02-18-16, 10:15 pm
They usually start with Bactrim or Doxycycline for young pigs, but if it doesn't work, they sometimes have to use Baytril anyway.

scoottie
02-18-16, 10:49 pm
Okay I will see what the vet says

scoottie
02-23-16, 02:59 pm
My vet office is so frustrating :(

scoottie
02-23-16, 05:26 pm
The vet finally called back and they are going to be put on a stronger antibiotic and will be treated for mites with ivermectin injection

scoottie
02-24-16, 02:46 pm
bpatters my boys have been prescribed ciprofloxacin and its most likely going to destroy their appetite I looked on amazon for a probiotic gel but it doesn't come until March 1st to March 4th my Petco has a powered form should I get that?

bpatters
02-24-16, 03:44 pm
Absolutely get the powdered kind and start giving it as soon as you start the antibiotics.

But Amazon has plenty of Bene-Bac in gel form -- I just looked.

scoottie
02-24-16, 04:15 pm
Also because I got it from the pharmacy there is no line on the syringe for giving it and I am worried of the lines coming off of the syringe also I have never used a 1ml syringe before so drawing it up to 0.25ml is confusing to me.

bpatters
02-24-16, 04:36 pm
I don't understand. If there are no lines on the syringe, why are you worried about the lines coming off?

And how do you know to draw it up to .25 ml?

Can you post a picture of the syringe you have?

scoottie
02-24-16, 04:39 pm
There are lines on the syringe in case of the lines coming off which they might I would like to draw a line to .25ml but the 1ml syringe confuses the heck out of me.

bpatters
02-24-16, 04:46 pm
The lines will eventually wear off, but not quickly. I just used syringes twice a day for three weeks, and by the end of that time, they were beginning to be worn a little.

A 1 cc syringe should be marked off into 10ths, and maybe into hundredths. You want 25 hundredths, or two and a half 10ths.

scoottie
02-24-16, 04:54 pm
So in between the two and three but which line

bpatters
02-24-16, 05:10 pm
Are there ten lines between the two and the three? If so, count off five of them.

If not, how many are there between each 10th marker.

Basic math: .25 is halfway between .20 and .30.

scoottie
02-24-16, 05:12 pm
there are four lines inbetween .2 and .3

bpatters
02-24-16, 05:52 pm
Then draw it up to halfway between the second and the third line.

One line marks off .02 (two hundredths), so is .22. The second line marks off .04 (four hundredths) so is .24. The third line marks off .06 (six hundredths), so .26. That's too much. You want halfway between .24 ml and .26 ml.

scoottie
02-24-16, 06:09 pm
https://scontent.fsnc1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t34.0-12/12596349_1061797493861679_943545944_n.jpg?oh=920db 9370e906509e50f6595e98cd640&oe=56D0DBC3
That's going to be challenging I just talked to the vet

bpatters
02-24-16, 06:20 pm
See the .2 mark on the syringe?

See the .3 mark on the syringe?

Draw it up HALFWAY between those two marks.

There's nothing hard about this if you'll just read it carefully, and go step by step. Practice with some water if you're not sure.

scoottie
02-24-16, 08:23 pm
I already figured it out 2 hours ago.

scoottie
03-01-16, 08:18 am
Pigs are still coughing and sneezing on day 7 of the antibiotics also it seems like the pharmacy shorted on the antibiotics and yes I have followed the directions of the antibiotics.

Malynda Teeter
03-01-16, 08:55 am
What symptoms of a URI is he having?
A month or so I read about cleaning ears on this forum. My girls were 5 months old and I was horrified by the dirt that came out. Let me be clear-I did not insert the qtip into the ear canal, I used it in the outer ear before the canal. And I also use coconut oil for ears1-2x a week.
I pray your pigs will be better in no time!

Malynda Teeter
03-01-16, 08:57 am
Will someone help me move this comment??? It ended up in the wrong place! Thank you so much!

scoottie
03-09-16, 08:35 pm
Well now there is another problem after finishing the antibiotics they have started to have soft stool I called the vet and they said a live culture yogurt which I am not going to do any other options are welcome.

bpatters
03-09-16, 08:47 pm
Probiotics -- either poop soup from a healthy pig, or something like Bene-Bac.

Stop all veggies until the poop firms up. If it doesn't within 48 hours. ask the vet for a course of flagyl. If it does firm up, add veggies back one at a time, 48 hours between each new one. If one particular veggie causes the soft poop, then eliminate it from the diet for a while. You may be able to add it back later.

scoottie
03-09-16, 08:48 pm
Okay I will order some online

scoottie
05-31-16, 03:15 pm
Sawyer sounds stuffy again

pigmommy89
05-31-16, 04:50 pm
URIs can be hard to get rid of completely. I'd take him back to the vet. They may want to try a different antibiotic or a combination of two.

scoottie
05-31-16, 06:21 pm
I may take him to a different vet.

scoottie
08-25-16, 01:23 pm
Sawyer is making a clicking noise with his nose is it stuffy I would hate to think his upper respiratory infection came back. He is eating pooping drinking urinating popcorning. No coughing or sneezing. He is also becoming increasingly bossy to his brother Leo.

bpatters
08-25-16, 01:29 pm
Sounds like he might have snuffled up a bit of hay. I'd watch him very carefully, but if you don't see any other symptoms, then I wouldn't worry.

scoottie
09-30-16, 01:33 pm
Both of my pigs have soft stool for what seems like no obvious reason any idea?

scoottie
10-01-16, 01:35 pm
Sawyer has a broken nail that goes to the quick what should I do
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spy9doc
10-01-16, 02:29 pm
Cut the broken part off and stop the bleeding with cornstarch, steptic powder, or in a pinch, flour. Once the bleeding stops, you can put a dab of Krazy Glue on it to protect it. Do I have to say to "hold onto the foot until the KG dries"?

scoottie
10-01-16, 02:46 pm
Its been taken care of.

scoottie
10-04-16, 06:40 pm
I was doing my health check on my pigs and I found this on Sawyer's nose is it possible he was bit?

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bpatters
10-04-16, 06:53 pm
It's possible. It's also possible for it to be early cheilitis. See http://www.guinealynx.info/cheilitis.html.

scoottie
10-04-16, 07:06 pm
A vet visit I am guessing

bpatters
10-04-16, 07:34 pm
I'd wait to see what happens. If it's a bite and not infected, there's no need. If you read the link I gave you, you'd see that it suggests trying a triple antibiotic ointment.

If you've got the money and want to go to the vet, feel free. If it were me, I'd wait to see if it's necessary before going.

pigmommy89
10-04-16, 07:54 pm
One of mine had lesions that looked like that recently. The antibiotic ointment cleared it up in about three days.

scoottie
10-04-16, 08:11 pm
Alright thank you

scoottie
12-18-18, 03:42 pm
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Bite or fungus sorry I cant get a better picture he is too squirmy

bpatters
12-18-18, 04:09 pm
Looks like the start of a fungus to me.

scoottie
12-18-18, 04:11 pm
Thank You I will take care of it luckily I still have some left from his last bout of it