We have 3 pigs and have had to take them to the vet for mites. The vet has given them two ivermectin injections (over 2 weeks) and has them on antibiotics.
It's starting to get expensive so we'd like to finish the treatment ourselves.
I've read quite a bit here and I think I have my head around it. I was hoping someone can help confirm please?
I found this product and was checking to see if it's suitable for the treatment:
I also found this one. Not sure which is the best or easiest to give them:
Also, is there any actual difference between topical and oral?
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks :)
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Find plain Ivermectin at a local or online farm/feed/cattle/horse company. You can use either the 1% injectible or the .5% pour-on drench (it's blue in color). Otherwise, the first product you linked to should work. You'll just need to make the conversion because, if my math is correct, it's a concentration of 1mg/ml whereas the injectible 1% injectible solution that you can buy at a farm/feed store (assuming a 50cc bottle containing 500mg of Ivermectin) is 10mg/ml.
You can read more about Ivermectin products here:
Note: To use the injectible formula, you'll need a syringe with a needle to draw it up, as the top is similar to an insulin bottle. With the pour-on product, you'll just need a plain syringe to measure the amount out of the bottle. Do make sure that, no matter which product you use, you dose based on weight.
Dosing charts for both the injectible and pour-on products can be found here:
Just out of curiosity, why did your vet put them on antibiotics? Is there another issue besides mites?
Seems like a lot of people here inject it? Is it more effective than topical? Or easier?
Not sure exactly why. I assumed it was because there were some sores on them from scratching/biting.Just out of curiosity, why did your vet put them on antibiotics? Is there another issue besides mites?
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OK I've bought the treatment now. So just confirming the dose calculations for the topical treatment.
The strength of the product is 1000µg/ml. So if my pig was 1kg it would be 0.5ml dose. And if the pig was 500g, it would be 0.25ml dose.
Is that right? How would you apply that topically? It's such a small amount - can you mix it with water or something to apply it?
OK I'm confused. It's a topical solution I bought. I shouldn't give it orally right?
The instructions say to drop it on the skin. In this case the product I bought is marketed for birds and it says to put it on unfeathered area. I assume I put it on the bare skin of the pig or behind the ears?? Does that sound right?
Thank you both. That's great. I'm feeling clear about it now and will get on and give them their dose tomorrow when it's due.