Oscar went to the veterinarian yesterday for his final skin scrape and third Ivermectin injection. The skin scrape showed no mange mites or bacteria, so Oscar is mange free! His skin still hasn’t completely healed, but it is slowly improving. He seems to be his happy, spunky self again!
We have learned a lot about mini pig mange throughout the past few months, but we are so glad to get back to normal life with our little piggy. Although I hope we never deal with mange again, it has taught me to not take for granted the little, everyday moments with Oscar. I have missed him squealing while running through the house, his afternoon cuddles, and even him constantly undoing the Velcro on my sandals.
The one downside to our good news is that Oscar and the dogs are still separated for a few more days. We decided late in Oscar’s treatment to also treat our dogs for mange, and their treatment isn’t finished yet. The dogs didn’t have any obvious mange symptoms, but we wanted to cover all of our bases so that the mange doesn’t return. Our main concern right now is making sure Oscar doesn’t somehow get reinfected, but hopefully the extensive treatment has taken care of the issue completely.
I was initially hesitant to talk about Oscar’s sarcoptic mange, but I’m glad I did. I’ve discovered that we definitely aren’t alone in dealing with mini pig mange, and I’m so grateful for the support we’ve received. If you’re dealing with mini pig mange and have any questions or want to share your experience, I would love to hear from you!