Pepino's Medical Thread, Starting with Mites

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JaneDoe

Post   » Fri Dec 05, 2014 8:03 pm


This was Pepino’s original medical thread, but he didn’t have a name then because I wasn’t sure I was gonna be able to keep him: http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?p=2165516&highlight=boar#2165516

Lately he had been scratching, losing hair and not gaining weight so I took him to the vet. She said it didn’t look like mites because he wasn’t scratching at the moment and he didn’t shriek/seize when touched. She insisted on a skin scrape but agreed to treat for mites, even if the scrape showed none. Sure enough, it was mites. She treated him with Revolution and he is on Sulfamethoxazole for two weeks.

Since he has lost weight I have been feeding him extra to plump him up and feeding Patapsco extra to plump him up a little, too. Apparently Patapsco is more sensitive to overfeeding than Pepino and looked a little uncomfortable, however, I bought him some parsley, which he started to chow down on immediately.
Vet sez to call her in a week and treat him again with Revolution one month later.

As in Ciaytee’s case, it’s probably best to treat for mites, even if they don’t show up on the skin scrape: http://www.guinealynx.info/mites.html

bpatters
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Post   » Fri Dec 05, 2014 8:21 pm


I wouldn't agree to have a skin scrape for mine. It hurts the pig, costs me money, and is wrong half the time. I'd rather just treat for mites and be done with it.

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JaneDoe

Post   » Fri Dec 05, 2014 8:28 pm


I didn't realize skin scrapes were that inaccurate. Vet wanted to see what all it showed, as his skin looked so bad.

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Bugs Mom

Post   » Fri Dec 05, 2014 8:44 pm


The LB's vet wanted to do skin scrapes but after the first one I wouldn't let him. I just got the premeasured Ivo and treated the nasty little things. Her vet finally stopped trying to scrape and just gave me what I asked for.

She always cleared up after 3 treatments. I believed in a bit of over-kill but it never harmed her.

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JaneDoe

Post   » Fri Dec 05, 2014 8:46 pm


I believe at least two treatments are the standard. Vet suggested three.

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Bugs Mom

Post   » Fri Dec 05, 2014 8:50 pm


Yea vet!

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JaneDoe

Post   » Fri Dec 05, 2014 8:55 pm


He's such a sweet boy, I hate to see him suffer.

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JaneDoe

Post   » Tue Dec 09, 2014 12:52 am


After less than one week on Revolution/Sulfamethoxazole, Pepino's skin looks much better and he's gained six ounces. I look on it as an early Christmas present.

Talishan
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Post   » Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:43 am


Excellent. Carry on.

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JaneDoe

Post   » Sun May 10, 2015 1:54 pm


Patapsco had a check up the other day and Pepino went along for the ride.

Vet is VERY pleased with his weight gain and hair re-growth. Neither he nor Patapsco show any sign of ringworm or staph, thank G-d.

Talishan
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Post   » Mon May 11, 2015 11:14 am


Wonderful news. Carry on. :-)

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JaneDoe

Post   » Mon May 11, 2015 4:05 pm


Thanks, Talishan.

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JaneDoe

Post   » Mon May 20, 2019 11:12 pm


Pepino is now five years old. Last December 14th (a Friday) I noticed he was spending more time in the Pigloo but I was a little under the weather, too. Next day he seemed a little better. When I came home around 11PM on the 16th I noticed his face looked a little swollen (hard to notice right away in an Abby.) Eight hours later, by the time the vet’s office opened, the swelling on his neck/face was huge. The vet operated around 1PM on the 17th. Pepino was put on Baytril and had to be syringe fed some of the time. I didn’t expect him to make it through New Year’s.

By January 3 he was much better but on March 16th he seemed lethargic and was eating less. I took him to the emergency vet who said the infection never went away. We started the same meds again and he improved but then April 18th (Holy Thursday) he was worse again and barely eating. The vet couldn’t see him until Easter Monday. I had to leave him there to board as I was going to see my mother in Florida—there was nothing I could do but hope for the best.

Easter Monday I called the vet from Florida and she said it wasn’t good. The infection had spread into his mouth and one of his teeth had fallen out. His gums were also horribly inflamed. One of the vet’s staff made sure he ate, including syringe feeding him. In addition to the same meds the vet recommended something called “Maxiguard” to flush his mouth with—it’s had good results with rabbits with irritation caused by malocclusion.

This morning I took him to in for a follow up and there was some improvement. He gained back a lot of the weight he had lost, the vet says the infection and inflammation are less and the tooth is growing back. I didn’t think they did.

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Sef
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Post   » Tue May 21, 2019 8:43 am


How frustrating, but glad to hear there has been at least some improvement. I'll have to make a note of that product to flush with. What do they think is wrong with his gums? Is this an infected/impacted molar? Which tooth fell out? -- incisor or further back?

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JaneDoe

Post   » Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:27 am


Pepino is doing better. Since December he has been on antibiotics and anti-inflammatories and it will probably be a permanent thing for him.

This is something I want to warn everyone: Last week I called both refills into the vet and picked them up. I have been going there more than 16 years and had most prescriptions filled there. Since I had a little of the old ones left I didn't open up the new ones until two days ago. Instead of giving me the AB and anti-inflammatory the vet gave me two bottles of the anti-inflammatory in different containers. Since most of the containers there look a like and the type was very small i figured the smaller container was the AB and gave him a dose from each bottle. It turns out I gave him THREE TIMES the prescribed amount of the anti-inflammatory and none of the AB.

Fortunately the vet says he should be fine (she saw him right after the triple dose, neither of us realizing what had happened.) I just want everyone to be careful--make sure you are given the right prescriptions and you understand the dosage! I don't think this has ever happened to me before.

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Sef
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Post   » Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:41 am


Good grief! Yes, as the old adage goes: "Trust, but verify."

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JaneDoe

Post   » Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:23 pm


Pepino was diagnosed with lymphoma.

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Sef
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Post   » Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:48 pm


Oh no, JaneDoe. :( I am just so sorry. What did the vet say?

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JaneDoe

Post   » Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:25 pm


Thank you, Sef.

That there is usually little that can be done, however, she will look into EVERYTHING.

Bookfan
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Post   » Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:30 pm


Oh Jane, I'm sorry. I hope your vet can find something to extend his life as long as he's comfortable.

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