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Shelf Life Of An Open Bottle Of Imaverol.

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Here we go again...... possibly!

Noticed a small scab and a tiny white patch above the eye of Mr Telford last night. No extra scratching etc from either of my boys. Coats as normal.

I'm assuming that he must have poked himself on a tough bit of stalky hay to cause the initial injury. His eye itself looks ok. It's the small white patch (smaller than a pin head) that I'm hoping is just scuffy skin a the edge of the scab, but preparing in case I've hit another does of fungal...

Telford had ringworm on one foot back in September. Back then I treated with 'surloan' as prescribed for direct application to his foot by the vet, and then dipped both boys in Imaverol as suggested here whilst waiting for confirmation of the sample taken by the vet to come back.

If the white patch spreads - whilst I wait for veterinary confirmation again, I'd like to start dipping asap. The label has partially pealed off the bottle of imaverol, and whilst it says the BBF is December 2016 I'm wondering if an open bottle has a shorter shelflife and whether I need to order some more just in case.

Any help apprecieated.
 

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Hyperdrug are always quick to despatch it. I've just had to get some more recently.....
 

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By the way, I've found oral itrafungol has worked well both times we've had outbreaks. Our vet does 2 weeks on 2 weeks off then dose again if necessary. Last year we didn't need a second cycle and this time it's looking the same way. The first girl to come down with it has got some new hair growing at the end of the 2 week course.

Lots of sympathy to you from me x
 

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And sympathy from me back to you.

My vet isn't very piggy savvy, but living where we do I don't have access to anyone else so they have to do. No possibility of oral treatment was mentioned back in September - will attempt to mention if if this patch becomes any more suspicious.
 

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I do think the imaverol is wonderful though as well.

Our vet isn't on the recommended list here either - it's a vets for pets one so I was surprised he prescribed itrafungol back in August last year without me asking (I had gone armed with info just in case).
 

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The patch round the eye is definitely bigger than it was on Friday night, so it looks like it is a case of 'here we go again.' :no:

Will phone the vet tomorrow.

I know it's no ones fault, but he couldn't have chosen a worse week to present with this...... I'm currently at the beginning of a weeks run in the theatre of a show and with work as well time is very tight in the evenings. Poor chap, I think he's really a bit nesh. He's got a lovely temperament though unlike his friend who objects to water very forcefully. I had the scars to prove it back in September.
 

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All the best! Itrafungol and imaverol are currently the two most effective treatments here in the UK. Sadly these things always happen at the worst moment.
https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/threads/ringworm-hygiene-and-pictures.115402/

PS: Thankfully, a number of general vets working for a vetinary chain or group have now got internet access to a specialist, so they can get more knowledgeable advice if necessary. The new generation of vets are also getting more information on how to treat small pets, unlike the older generation of vets where guinea pigs (or any rodents) hardly featured in a several years course. We are currently very much in a transitional phase.
 

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The patch round the eye is definitely bigger than it was on Friday night, so it looks like it is a case of 'here we go again.' :no:

Will phone the vet tomorrow.

I know it's no ones fault, but he couldn't have chosen a worse week to present with this...... I'm currently at the beginning of a weeks run in the theatre of a show and with work as well time is very tight in the evenings. Poor chap, I think he's really a bit nesh. He's got a lovely temperament though unlike his friend who objects to water very forcefully. I had the scars to prove it back in September.
Sorry have just "liked" this post then realised that's probably inappropriate! Poor you and Mr Telford. Hopefully you've caught it early and that will help.
 

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Not to worry, I guessed you were being supportive and not 'liking' the situation. Good luck with your gang. At least I've only got two to deal with.
 
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