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1/29/2017

Farm Tutorial #1

Farm Tutorial #1
Here's a little tutorial that I wrote from our farm life experience

What to do when your piggy pal gets mites
  Mites are a very scary subject, especially when you find out that the particular bug that our piggy pals get most is known as:
sarcoptic MANGE

Aaah! Run away!
At least that is what any normal person would say.
What it doesn't say (without a bit of digging) is that this is not the scary mange we were taught was a near death sentence to our canine companions.
This is a different, much more manageable... mange.

So down to the nitty gritty.
Pigs get mites much like dogs get fleas.
It happens. No one's fault. It just does. 
The important thing is to catch it early & treat it.
Most pet pig sites don't really touch on this issue unfortunately.
But when your piggy pal is scratching on EVERYTHING, red marks, bumps, or has "scale" flakes on his/her skin then you are dealing with 1 of 2 things.
Mites or dry skin
In our experience it mostly the former but treating for both is usually best.

The way to treat mites is with a wormer called ivermectin. 
@ our farm we use this: Zimecterin Gold Dewormer Paste

Note: It is the ivermectin part that kills the mites. We just like to use the one with praziquantel as well because it takes care of a whole host of possible internal bugs @ the same time.
Our outbreak/initial dosages Are:
  • 2/3 notches on day 1
  • 2/3 notches on day 3
  • 2/3 notches on day 10
  • (Optional) 2/3 notches on day 17
Our prevention dosages
  • 2/3 notches every 1-2 months

That will cure the mite part. Now on to the dry skin portion.
  • baby oil / mineral oil
  • coconut oil
  • petroleum jelly
Around here we use mineral oil (cheaper & can be purchased in bulk) to sooth irritated or dry skin or petroleum jelly on the smaller critters. 
A few of our friends use coconut oil as well, both on the feed & on the skin.

Note: This method will NOT kill the mites. It will only sooth the skin. Ivermectin kills the infestation. Also, & this bit is VERY IMPORTANT, do not allow a freshly oiled pig into direct sunlight. They can & will burn. They will quite literally cook. Allow the oil to seep into their skin &/or dry before they are allowed in direct sunlight.

That is it for the normal cases.
There are times when you will find yourself with a very bad case of the mites & there are extra steps you can take to help ease your piggy pal's suffering.
  • liquid benadryl
  • baby asprin
  • probiotics/vitamins
  • electrolytes
  • apple cider vinegar
The liquid benadryl will help them sleep through the worst of it. Just like it helps you with itching & allergies. 
  • 1-2 CCs orally to 4 weeks+
  • 2-3 CCs to 8 weeks+
  • 4 CCs to older pigs
I give them the meds via a NEEDLE-LESS syringe.
Simply squirt the mixture into their mouths. But be prepared for them to spit up a bit.
I use 1 baby aprin dissolved in the benadryl for pigs over 6 weeks old.
We use Goats Prefer Probiotic powder for our probiotic & vitamin needs.
When using Apple Cider Vinegar be sure & get the kind w/ the "mother". I like to use a bit on the skin as well to treat/prevent infection but it will burn like no one's business so most people opt out of that & just use it on the food.

With our small passel I go through about a tube a month & keep it in the fridge. 
Lately I have started experimenting with Pour on Ivermectin. Which is easier to use with the full size gals & more cost effective for us. Waiting to see the results before I officially add it to this tutorial.

That is it for this tutorial, not sure if I will be writing more of these. This was just one of the most asked questions posed to me so I figured "why not share it?".
 
 Note: I am not a vet & in no way have any training. I cannot tell you what to do. I can only share what WE do on our farm here @ Shepherd’s Gate.

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