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Hello, I’m new to the forum so I hope I am posting in the correct place. We’ve recently adopted a guineapig who we were told is 8 months old and had been attacked by a female guineapig in his cage. He has a superficial wound on his back which unfortunately he can reach with his back leg. He also has scabs around his ears and a further one on his back which he is said to have got from this attack. We have now had him 8 days.. the day after we got him we took him to the vets as he scratches a lot and cries when he knocks his scab. We were given pain killers for him once daily, as well as topical treatment for mites.

His wound was healing nicely even though he kept catching it, until last night when he has knocked his whole scab off again. He has been scratching particularly bad tonight so has opened up other marks as well. There seems to be a lot of ‘dandruff’ on him.
He is otherwise fit and well- eating and drinking well. The vet agrees that apart from these marks he is fine. Under the vets guidance we gave him mite treatment last week and now have to wait a further week from today to give him his second dose. Does anybody know if this intense itching is a result of further eggs hatching? And if it gets better after the second dose? Or if there could be a different problem the vet has missed

I’m not sure what to do at this point - the wounds look clean, it’s just so upsetting hearing and seeing him hurt himself!

Any advice is much appreciated on how I can stop the itching and/or protect these scabs.
many thanks.
 

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What treatment has the vet prescribed? Have they been given also any pain killers and antibiotics?
 

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Xeno 450? Metacam - that is good.

Mites often look worse before they get better

When was first treatment?
 

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Xeno50 and put 5 tubes on was what we were told for his size. The first treatment was a week ago today so we were told to wait two weeks until the follow up so one more week to go.

When you say mites look worse before they get better, does that mean the itching that can look worse for him? I can’t see visible mites just this dandruff he has.
 

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The three applications of the xeno 450 should do the trick. As it works with the cycles of the mites hatching
Just a single application is not enough; it kills the current mites, but not any emerging mites - that is what the two follow-up rounds do in order to catch any stragglers and prevent a return.

Is the effected area the back?
 

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Xeno50 and put 5 tubes on was what we were told for his size. The first treatment was a week ago today so we were told to wait two weeks until the follow up so one more week to go.

When you say mites look worse before they get better, does that mean the itching that can look worse for him? I can’t see visible mites just this dandruff he has.
How old are they?
 

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Could you give me a town or city? 8 months - what do they weigh please?
 

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Thanks. Hopefully someone will be along shortly. Xeno 450 is for 1.2kg piggies

the xeno 50 was it just one pipette?
 

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If the scratching is too much then I would want them to see the vet again for sure
 

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Which metacam is he on - dog or cat - and what is the dosage? Guinea pigs have a fast metabolism so they should have it twice daily. I would speak to the vet about that and see what they say.

I’ve no experience with mites though. Was he diagnosed with mange or hay mites? The former shows as hair loss near the back and other symptoms such as excessive scratching. The latter looks like bits of pepper on the hair at the back end - they’re the egg casings.

You will need to thoroughly clean out his cage. If he’s bedded on fleece then you’ll need to wash it at a high temp. Clean the cage base using a (pet safe) disinfectant. F10 is recommended here and you can get the concentrate (to dilute) or an already mixed up solution. Any cardboard should be thrown away but wooden hides can be soaked in the F10. Have a read of the guide I’ve put below and also wait for someone else to come along and help you out.

New guinea pigs: Sexing, vet checks&customer rights, URI, ringworm and parasites

Is he getting one or two more treatments?
 

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Hello, I’m new to the forum so I hope I am posting in the correct place. We’ve recently adopted a guineapig who we were told is 8 months old and had been attacked by a female guineapig in his cage. He has a superficial wound on his back which unfortunately he can reach with his back leg. He also has scabs around his ears and a further one on his back which he is said to have got from this attack. We have now had him 8 days.. the day after we got him we took him to the vets as he scratches a lot and cries when he knocks his scab. We were given pain killers for him once daily, as well as topical treatment for mites.

His wound was healing nicely even though he kept catching it, until last night when he has knocked his whole scab off again. He has been scratching particularly bad tonight so has opened up other marks as well. There seems to be a lot of ‘dandruff’ on him.
He is otherwise fit and well- eating and drinking well. The vet agrees that apart from these marks he is fine. Under the vets guidance we gave him mite treatment last week and now have to wait a further week from today to give him his second dose. Does anybody know if this intense itching is a result of further eggs hatching? And if it gets better after the second dose? Or if there could be a different problem the vet has missed

I’m not sure what to do at this point - the wounds look clean, it’s just so upsetting hearing and seeing him hurt himself!

Any advice is much appreciated on how I can stop the itching and/or protect these scabs.
many thanks.
Hi!

Ivermectin cannot kill the mange mites eggs sitting in the skin. The first application kills all the already emerged eggs but over the course of the next two weeks there will be more and more mites emerging from the eggs and causing more discomfort. It is tough sitting by and not being able to do anything about it because bathing can cause fitting due to the very sensitive skin. the discomfort is usually greatest within the first two days after the second application as the emerged mites are killed but this should be the very worst of it. This is unfortunately the worst week during the whole course of treatment.
A third and if necessary fourth application two and four weeks down the line are there to deal with any stragglers emerging from any still burrowed egg cases and to prevent a return of the mites infestations.

Normally mange mite eggs in the skin (which many piggies have) are perfectly controlled by a healthy immune system but they can make an appearance when the immune system is lowered, either through illness or stress. You can very very gently dab on some F10 antiseptic on the sore areas.

If you have the experience or can ask a vet nurse at the clinic to bandage the bitten/scratched open areas so your boy cannot reach them and cannot injure himself, that would be best. Guinea pigs are however master wiggle-outers so it takes a lot of experience to keep things on.

Please be careful in giving exactly the dosage you have been told. Ivermectin should not be overdosed.
Please also be aware that metacam is unfortunately not effective in the case of a mange mites attack.
New piggy problems: URI - ringworm - skin parasites
 
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