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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-04-2002, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Guinea Pigs

Guinea Pigs

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The guinea pig or cavy is a docile rodent native to the Andes Mountain area of South America. They were first domesticated by the Andean Indians of Peru who used them as a food source and as a sacrificial offering to Incan gods. During the 16th century, Dutch explorers introduced guinea pigs to Europe where they were selectively bred by fanciers. The guinea pig entered the research laboratory in the 18th century and have since made significant contributions to the scientific community. To this day, the guinea pig remains a favorite pet among children due to their docile behavior, ease of handling, and clean, quiet nature.

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-01-2002, 10:38 PM
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A veterinarian can diagnose this mite infestation by performing skin scrapings of affected areas and viewing them under the microscope. Successful treatment consists of one to four injections of a specific antiparasitic drug at approximately two week intervals. In the meantime, if wood shavings are used as bedding or litter, it should be replaced with paper toweling to make your pet more comfortable.

I have to disagree with some of that information.

The skin scraping is painful for guinea pigs and often returns a false negative. Unless the vet takes skin from a precise place where the mites are, they will not show, even if there are mites on the cavy. The treatment for the mites is perfectly safe, and if they are suspected can be treated safely even if they are not on the cavy.

About successful treatment being 1 to 4 injections, 1 isn't enough to kill the parasite, at least two is needed in minor infections, 3 or 4 in more severe. The injections should be anywhere from 7 to 10 days apart.

just my 2 cents input

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