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Rescue Pig has Lice & UTI

MiloPig

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I’ve only had my rescue Piggie for 3 weeks and have had to take him to the vets today due to blood in his urine. The Vet has prescribed antibiotics (15day course) and pain relief (5 day course) and whilst checking him over has found that he has lice too. She gave him Xeno 450 spot on treatment and has given me doses to repeat monthly for the next 2 months.

I’m really worried as until now he has seemed well, eating and drinking normally and no signs of excessive scratching. I had him groomed just over a week ago and they didn’t mention anything.

Has anyone had an experience of these issues?

I’m wondering if a nit comb would help remove some of the lice whilst the treatment takes effect (obviously done gently!).

Any advice would be greatly appreciated 😊
 

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I’ve only had my rescue Piggie for 3 weeks and have had to take him to the vets today due to blood in his urine. The Vet has prescribed antibiotics (15day course) and pain relief (5 day course) and whilst checking him over has found that he has lice too. She gave him Xeno 450 spot on treatment and has given me doses to repeat monthly for the next 2 months.

I’m really worried as until now he has seemed well, eating and drinking normally and no signs of excessive scratching. I had him groomed just over a week ago and they didn’t mention anything.

Has anyone had an experience of these issues?

I’m wondering if a nit comb would help remove some of the lice whilst the treatment takes effect (obviously done gently!).

Any advice would be greatly appreciated 😊
Hi and welcome

A nit comb won't work with guinea pig lice.

Here is our parasite information. We normally recommend treating every 2 weeks for the first three rounds but if your vet feels that the lice problem is very minor and caused by the lowered immune system, then they will have obviously taken that into their considerations.
New piggy problems: URI - ringworm - skin parasites

A good diet with unlimited hay, limited pellets (15 ml per piggy per day to encourage eating hay and grass fibre and a small bowl of veg) to help boost the immune system is the best long term defence against lice, especially when they are a result of neglect/malnutrition.
Long Term Balanced General And Special Needs Guinea Pig Diets
Weight - Monitoring and Management
 
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