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Lice

Post by SSeh » Wed, 27 Dec 2000 15:57:26



Has anyone had a lice infestation, and if so how did you handle it?  It
looks like one of my pigs brought it home from a vet and now it is through
all of them.

Steve

 
 
 

Lice

Post by Martha Jacob » Thu, 28 Dec 2000 02:23:48


I had it go through 10 pigs once and it is fairly simple you need to buy a
shampoo formulated for a guinea pig or if you can't find one for them then
use a shampoo/dip formulated for cats. Do not use anything for dogs. Follow
directions, try to use shampoo not dip, dip is dangerous if you don't now
how to scale down properly. Most of the time these lice aren't hardy and you
kill them all the first time. You will have to purchase a special lice comb
and comb out the eggs, a cat flea comb works good too. some thing with small
fine teeth. Then I would for good measure bathe them again next week in the
shampoo, and then again in 2 weeks. Make sure to rinse thoroughly cause
dried on soap will make them itchy and dry and uncomfortable. If you have
long haired pigs for show I suggest you don't comb them but keep the
treatment up for awhile to kill any hatching eggs that haven't been killed.
Don't use powders or dust that irritates and makes them sick. If you find
they are really drying out especially now it's winter, Try to find a cream
rinse that goes along with the shampoo, otherwise some gentle baby detangler
will work. I have always used a  tick/lice/flea killing shampoo/conditioner
formulated for cats called Adam's. It smells great not too medicine like.
The ingredient you want to use is pyrethrin. good luck

Quote:
> Has anyone had a lice infestation, and if so how did you handle it?  It
> looks like one of my pigs brought it home from a vet and now it is through
> all of them.

> Steve

 
 
 

Lice

Post by jmous » Fri, 29 Dec 2000 07:39:45


Sorry I forgot to mention that lice are very "species specific"
this means that they generally can not breed on another species.

If they picked them up from a non piggy probably a bath or two
would fix the problem. If you had a sick or week animal they
may need a chemical treatment.

regards jmouse.

Quote:

> Be careful that a mum or another piggy does not groom and
> then possibly ingest a toxic amount of the chemical if it
> is applied externally.

> A good drug to use is ivermectin, if available or approved
> for use with piggies in your state/country.
> If not available for owners you may wish to ask your vet if
> they could prescribe and supply it for you. Ask the price
> as well though.

> best wishes jmouse


> > Has anyone had a lice infestation, and if so how did you handle it?  It
> > looks like one of my pigs brought it home from a vet and now it is through
> > all of them.

> > Steve

 
 
 

Lice

Post by Wendy Ros » Mon, 01 Jan 2001 10:34:53



Quote:
> Has anyone had a lice infestation, and if so how did you handle it?  It
> looks like one of my pigs brought it home from a vet and now it is through
> all of them.

Ew ick, ain't it ***!  Mine had an infestation earlier in the year and the
vet gave them a course of three injections of (I think) Ivermectin, which
sorted the whole thing out.  I think technically only two injections were
necessary - the third was in a belt and braces kind of spirit.

Wendy.

 
 
 

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Post by miispig.. » Mon, 01 Jan 2001 15:21:51


Quote:

> Has anyone had a lice infestation, and if so how did you handle it?
It
> looks like one of my pigs brought it home from a vet and now it is
through
> all of them.

It's fairly easy to treat. IMO, the best course is to use a pyrethrin
based shampoo made for kittens. Normally, the percentage of pyrethrin
should be about 0.05%. Space the baths about a week to ten days apart
for three treatments. Make sure you use warm water and dry off well.
Alternatively, you can bring the piggies to the vet and get a topical
treatment of ivermectin. Internal dosages (oral/intravenous) are not
entirely effective as lice are external parasites. Good luck!

miisp.

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