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    Hello, Itsy one of my piggies has today been discoverd to have mange mites. In her ears, i know she is being driven crazy by these horrible unseen things. , as she has scrached her ears raw, with scratches on and a sore patch on her ears. The vet said to throw away all bedding and replace new ones, no problem. And disinfect everything else. She is going to have a treatment for itching. My mum is getting new bedding TOMOROW thankfully.

    I was wondering how on earth she got them, and if there were any possible ways of making her more comfortable, and not in as much agony as she is now, .

    Any help would be massivly appriciated.

    Thanks, Getting.cavys

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    Re: Tips to make piggie with mange more comfortable??!!!

    I didn't know piggies could get mange mites in their ears? I thought that was a different type of mite? Here are a few links to Guinea Lynx...

    Guinea Lynx :: Ear Mites
    Guinea Lynx :: Mange Mites

    I'm sorry I have no personal experience with this, but I will say that you should separate your piggies immediately. Your other piggy is most likely infested as well and will need treatment at the same time.

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    Re: Tips to make piggie with mange more comfortable??!!!

    Is she going to be treated with Ivermectin for the mite problem? It should help relieve itching in a matter of a few days. She will need 3 treatments spaced 7-10 days apart. There are those collar type things that are like a tube that you could get from your vet to keep her from scratching so much and making it worse.

    Mites lay dormant in pigs and they can flare up in times of stress or illness. They didn't come from the bedding or anything and they can't live without a living host.

    As far as separating, there is no need to separate. Just make sure all pigs are treated at the same time.

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    Re: Tips to make piggie with mange more comfortable??!!!

    Yes Bitsy will also be having treatment, ill make sure of that! Bitsy is not showing any signs og mange yet, thankfully. But i heard their can stay on the piggie for long periods of time being unnoticed. I just feel terrible for Itsy i know relize how much pain she must be in .

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    Re: Tips to make piggie with mange more comfortable??!!!

    Thanks Ly. Yes she will be treated with Ivermectin. ASAP!!! I will inquire about the collar.
    At the moment we have to put a special oil in her ears to soften the scabs inside her ears. And tomorow she will start the treatment.

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    Re: Tips to make piggie with mange more comfortable??!!!

    I'm sorry your poor piggy is in pain, and I hope she gets better soon. Good luck.

    Ly, does Revolution work as well as ivermectin does for mites?

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    Re: Tips to make piggie with mange more comfortable??!!!

    Thanks envisionary.

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    Re: Tips to make piggie with mange more comfortable??!!!

    What would make her more comfortable??

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    Re: Tips to make piggie with mange more comfortable??!!!

    I think the only thing that will make her more comfortable is getting treated so the mites go away, unfortunately. You can try to distract her with veggies in the meantime.

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    Re: Tips to make piggie with mange more comfortable??!!!

    ok thanks, it is very sad seeing her like this i would never wish this on any living thing!!

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    Re: Tips to make piggie with mange more comfortable??!!!

    I have used both Ivermectin and Revolution, I found that Revolution works better and faster. Ivermectin seems to work on a small investation of mites but Revolution is better for heavily invested mites. That is my personal feelings about it.

    I was told that ear mites come from cats, how true that is I don't know. Can anyone confirm this?

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    Re: Tips to make piggie with mange more comfortable??!!!

    I dont have any cats..?

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    Re: Tips to make piggie with mange more comfortable??!!!

    When my cavies had Mites I hid veggies in the cage and they had to find it, and get it by themself. This kept them from scratching for a while.

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    Re: Tips to make piggie with mange more comfortable??!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ly&Pigs View Post
    Is she going to be treated with Ivermectin for the mite problem? It should help relieve itching in a matter of a few days. She will need 3 treatments spaced 7-10 days apart.
    Ly&Pigs....Do you need 3 treatments?...My rescue has had 2 treatments so far which were 10 days apart. She's looking better and the vet said that he didn't think she would need another treatment. I am leaving on vacation next week but I could probably get her in for the 3rd treatment (but it will only be 7 days from the second treatment)....I am planning on introductions after I get back from vacation but I want to make sure she is free of mites before I do that...

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    Re: Tips to make piggie with mange more comfortable??!!!

    Well, the vet has prescribed treatment for every month?

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