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Old 03-18-2019, 02:13 PM   #11
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Oh poor Chocho - I can imagine - Nugget was extremely stressed after his vet visit and has only just got used to the few minor changes I had to make to his cage, so he could get about easier.
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Old 03-18-2019, 11:31 PM   #12
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Sending get well wishes to your little Choco, hope she feels better soon x
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Old 03-24-2019, 04:10 PM   #13
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I am wondering if it is the change of food now. I also bought the Rodipet hybrid mix recently intending to switch Nugget over to it. But when I opened it, it did have quite a strong herb scent - mint I think - I didn't like it and thought it smelled too strong - so it is possible something in the mix didn't agree with her.
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Old 03-25-2019, 04:39 AM   #14
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Yes we also noticed a herby smell at first but when taken out of the container I couldn't smell it - and now that it's been a while I can't smell it at all. She generally has bits of herbs or hay in her cage too so not sure if the smell would have bothered her. But she's going to the vet again tomorrow so 8 days after the initial mite treatment, and we looked at her last night and think it might have improved. The hair is still thin but it isn't really an obvious balding patch anymore so I'm fairly optimistic.
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Old 03-25-2019, 05:17 AM   #15
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That sounds good I am just aware that even herbs can be an allergen in some people - certain ones - so may be in a hamster too! I think mint is too strong smelling - but as you say it maybe wears off once opened.
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Old 03-26-2019, 04:23 AM   #16
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Thing is she seems to really like the hybrid mix, I was putting 2 piles of the hybrid and old food in separately for a few days to see how it went down and the old pile went untouched, and there I was thinking she was loving that one!

Came back from the vets and he agreed that hair seems to have been growing back in, she now has 4 or 5 doses of ivermectin/panomec. I'm supposed to be treating her every 7-10 days but I don't really know the normal procedure to be honest. I was kind of under the impression it would be one or two treatments but maybe not. I'm also supposed to be doing weekly full cleans to rule out the extremely small chance of another type of mite but I just don't think I can do that to her as it is almost certainly demodex if it is mites.

Interestingly he also told me one week of freezing stuff doesn't always work and to do 3 weeks instead - he had a bug infestation even after freezing reptile supplies for 2 weeks. Cannot believe they'd survive 2 weeks of being frozen they are really hardy little things!

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Old 03-26-2019, 06:38 AM   #17
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It depends what it is that's frozen I think. I used to freeze cork logs until I read on a reptile forum that it doesn't work and they need baking and most reptile owners just stick them in as they are. For the food bugs/moth eggs, a week in the freezer does the job. Not sure about mites - there are some bugs that survive freezing so baking does the job then.
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