The piggies were itching, and behaving agitated towards each other. Dry skin from the change of seasons, maybe? The itching didn’t seem serious enough to take them to the vet, but I did not want this to get worse. A search for “how-to treat guinea pigs itchy skin” led me to organic Neem Oil.
The message board post said, “I looked on Peter Gurney’s website and he recommended Neem oil for lice. [I don’t believe my my guinea pigs had lice, this is what the post said.] We treated all our guinea-pigs (including the 6-week-old ones) without any problems and it worked brilliantly. They’re still lice-free over 2-months later. You can get organic Neem oil cheaply …(a 100ml bottle which will last ages costs about the same as 3-phials of Ivermectin). Dilute 1 part Neem oil with 3 parts carrier oil (we used extra virgin olive oil as it doesn’t have any chemical nasties in it). Wash it off after 2-days, wait 5-days and then repeat the above procedure.”
Did a bit more research on Organic Neem Oil, it seemed to be a perfect solution for piggie moisturizer. Sooo…
I ordered this Neem Oil.
Piggie bathing process : Put a heater in the bathroom, a towel in the tub, and a towel on the sink counter. Added a bit of sort’a stinky Neem Oil to a warm bowl of water. Did not add the olive oil like the post suggested. If they had lice, I probably would have, but it seemed extreme for the itchies.
Brought the piggies in one-by-one, put them on a towel, clipped their toe nails, then dipped my hands in the Neem Oil water and coated their skin from behind the ears to their tush; didn’t want to put oil on their faces.
Placed each little boy in the tub as I finished, then changed out the linens in their cage –I do this nightly, so this part isn’t new.
When I put the oiled piggies back in their cage, they ate and seemed so relaxed. Was nice seeing them calm.
It’s been about 4-hours since I’ve done oiled them. They have eaten, slept, and are calm. The Neem Oil seems to have been a fine solution to what was going on with them. Not sure if I will leave it on them for 1 or 2-days …will update you.
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— Updates —
October 13th @1026 : Woke up to wheeking piggies. Gave them their breakfast veggies, and they happily chowed down. My boys still look greasy and unkempt, but they are less stressed. Quite pleased they are acting like their normal selves. Even though I read great things about Neem Oil, I was still concerned about skin irritation since it was on them so long. Not sure if I will wash it off tonight, or leave it until tomorrow like the message board post said to do.
October 13th @ 2154 : Did not wash the oil off. When I got home from yoga it was a bit chilly and they seem just fine. Will wash them in the morning.
October 14th @ 1251 : I washed the piggies at 8am. Used a container of warm water with a few drops of dish liquid in it. Again, I did not put anything near their faces. Had a heater in the bathroom, and put them on a towel in the tub while I refreshed their linens. They look great and still no itchies.
October 14th @ 2238 : The Piggie Teed‘s are back to normal. They still look slightly oily, like they need another wash, but I’m not going to fuss at them for greasy hair. The message board post quoted above said to oil them again in 5-days, but that was for lice. If they start itching again, I may consider it, but if they stay happy I will wait a month and bathe them then.
I can not believe the difference. Stress-free guinea pigs, ahhh, nice.
Will update again…….