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Question Natural itch-relief?

My one-and-a-half year old female piggy Spike has mange mites. I had her treated with Revolution a while ago but the mites came back and I just had her treated with Ivomectin the other day. (Long story short, I'm very unimpressed with my vet and will be switching to a cavy specialist in my area!)

I just cleaned and disinfected her cage and everything in it but she has two more treatments to get in the next two weeks. I think she's improving already but she has very raw, scabby bald patches on her back, bum and hind legs where she chewed the fur off.

I gave her a warm oatmeal bath and rubbed natural oatmeal lotion on her bald spots to help soothe the itching, but I feel so helpless!
Does anyone know of any natural itch-relief remedies I could use to help her healing process be as itch-free and painless as possible?
(I've also used coconut oil a few times.)

Thanks so much in advance !!
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You need to quarantine your Guinea pig so that your other Guinea pigs don't get infected with mites.


Do you know how your Guinea pig got mites?
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You need to quarantine your Guinea pig so that your other Guinea pigs don't get infected with mites.


Do you know how your Guinea pig got mites?
She is quarantined, don't worry! Also had all the other pigs treated as a precaution (pricey, but worth it for my babies).

I really don't know where she got the mites from. The vet said he suspected she had them since she was a baby (got them from her mother or siblings) and that her body was dealing with it until recently. Not sure if this makes sense...I was trusting him since he is a professional but now that I am displeased with some encounters I've had with him, I'm not sure what to believe!
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could it be from your bedding ? i know that for certain beddings its best to freeze it over night because some have little mites ect on it

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could it be from your bedding ? i know that for certain beddings its best to freeze it over night because some have little mites ect on it
I use Boxo. I thought it would be pretty safe.
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I use Boxo. I thought it would be pretty safe.
Im not sure what that is but ,I know that some beddings there better to freeze for a day or so, Maybe try that see if it helps, once you get rid of the mites that is.just a thought.

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I've used all types of bedding and hay, and my guinea pig has never gotten mites. I would get a second opinion from another vet that's not associated with your current vet. I wonder if your guinea pig could have gotten the mites from your cat, since it goes outside everyday? My understanding is that mites can't live in bedding or hay that's on a store shelf, because they have to have a living host. There's a lot of information on the internet, so it's sometimes hard to figure out what is and isn't the truth.
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