Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Guinea Pigs & Mites

Over the last week I've been watching one of our rescues who has been losing hair. I thought at first it was mange because, well, I just thought maybe he didn't get enough vitamin c.

That said, I noticed he was itching A LOT!!!
So I looked it up online and read about mites and noticed he looked exactly like the others who had it. I knew it wasn't lice because we've had that before and just use advantage (the dog kind).

I read that ivermectin is the only way to take care of mites and I really didn't want to go that way without trying something more natural or home remedy(ish).

I found a website that talked about using bag balm (it comes in a green tin), but at the time Walmart was closed and I wanted to find something I could use NOW!!! to help him, poor baby was itching like crazy and had a few open sores :(

In my defense he is mostly black as is his skin so it took awhile to notice the issue. Now back to the issue. I also read on the site that petroleum jelly might help the itching and some people had only used that (vaseline) to cure the mites.

Let me be clear, I am no vet, so I don't technically know that he has mites. But after I used the petroleum jelly, and today used the bag balm, I don't believe he will be going to the vet.

The vaseline seemed to help some and within a few minutes he was moving around a lot better, but the next day (yesterday) I noticed he still wasn't back to normal, so I called walmart to see if they had bag balm, and they had to order it. So today my husband picked it up.

I massaged it into his skin tonight and while I was doing it, I noticed he didnt have any more open sores and wasn't nearly as scabby as he was the other night, so I think the vaseline helped. After putting the bag balm on tonight we kept him out for half an hour, to watch him. He never itched once, he was moving around and seemed much better.

In a few days I'll put more on him, and then in a few days after that as well, but I think we beat this one, without a big vet bill YEA!!!

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