I didn't want to be barked at for posting in reply to a somewhat relevant thread, that was old so I am starting another. I apologize if this is wrong (newbie, obviously!)
I have had my piglet, Tabytha Sue, for almost a year. She will be 2 in March.
I think she has mites (DON'T WORRY! she's going to the Vet Wednesday I promise, earliest appt available with her Dr., and earliest I could afford to write a hot check for her visit!-- so please don't hate on me I don't want to huddle in the corner in fear!)
anyways, she is showing a few signs of mighty mites, scratching excessively-painful squeals/biting when Mommy tries to handle her-hair loss-flaky skin- chattering in annoyance ALL the time - etc...
Either way I'm taking her in for ivermec treatment whether she has em or not, but I want to know if it sounds like something else to you, or where these could have come from!
- Someone mentioned in their own thread: Stress brings out dormant mites from birth.
The most stressful thing in her life happened 6 months ago when I moved her from Denver to New Jersey. 4 days cross-country in a laundry basket in a big loud truck/hotels is stress on a little piggy if I ever heard of it, so if they were "dormant mites" wouldn't they have reared their ugly heads then??
- She was also boarded at her vet for 8 days over the holidays, but a rabbit was the only other small animal on the premises. The vet Tech assured me that she didn't come in contact with anyone (piggies) that could have had mites.
- She started scratching when I changed her litter, but I also read that the litter is on shelves for so long etc etc... that any mites would die without a "host" to prey on. Confirmation on this?
I am at a loss, and hoping this appointment ends up being a case of severe dry winter piggy skin. Part of me thinks she likes her friends @ the vet so much she just wants to go back on my dime... hehe.
Any input from you personal piggy experts would help... or at least eliminate a couple of reasons to why she has gotten them.
Thanks new friends!!