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    Question Three year old going on bald

    Pig: Holly, female, three years old, no know medical issues
    Cage: 25 sq ft C&C in an open room with regular cleaning (fleece and towel bedding) etc, lived with three other females for about two years
    Diet: Sweet Meadow Adult timothy pellets, Sweet Meadow timothy hay, vegetables
    Problem: About a week ago I started noticing thinning hair on Holly's back and stomach. The patch of thinning hair has expanded and now it goes all the way up to behind her ears. None of the other girls showed any of the same hair thinning. Earlier today I took them all to the exotic pet vet in town. The vet checked for mites, lack of nourishment, and ovarian cysts. All the pigs have a clean bill of health, except that Holly is still losing hair. The vet prescribed a vitamin c supplement in case of vitamin c deficiency. The vet does not know what is causing the hair thinning. If anyone has any ideas or similar problems please reply.

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    Re: Three year old going on bald

    It sounds like mites to me. How did the vet check for mites? Skin scrapings are usually unsuccessful.

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    Re: Three year old going on bald

    Skin scrapings are rarely conclusive so I wouldn't even have them tested that way. I'd just treat her for mites.

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    Re: Three year old going on bald

    The vet tested for mites on all of the pigs and there were none. She tested the some hairs from each pig and the ear wax of Holly as well.

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    Re: Three year old going on bald

    I'd still treat for mites, It's really hard for vets to find them.

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    Re: Three year old going on bald

    I would think that if Holly had mites, then the other pigs would have it as well and show similar signs of hair thinning.

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    Re: Three year old going on bald

    Not necessarily, some people believe that all animals carry mites but it is not until there is an out-brake that they show and cause troubles, the out brakes can sometimes be caused be stress.
    I really would not rule out mites just because the others aren't showing it.

    Even if it's not mites, it wouldn't hurt to treat them for it. It's easy to do, and rather safe to use so there isn't any risk you'd be taking on treating them, but there is one if you don't and she does happen to have mites. (:

    I would treat for mites, but keep looking for other things it could be.

    How did your vet check for ovarian cysts?

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    Re: Three year old going on bald

    Quote Originally Posted by RodentCuddles View Post
    How did your vet check for ovarian cysts?
    She checked the nipples and gave everyone a physical exam to look for unnatural lumps. The vet said that Holly did not show any signs of an ovarian cyst besides the hair thinning.

    I think I am going to treat everyone for mites, but is there a cheaper way to do that from home? I don't particularly want to make another trip to the vet to pick up some invermectin.

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    Re: Three year old going on bald

    You don't need to go to the vets for treatment for mites, I treat the rescue ones with Revolution as It's easiest for me to get.

    Just search up what you can use to treat mites with and pick the easiest for you to get; In some countries you can buy invermectin with-out going to the vets (not here though)

    http://www.guinealynx.info/antiparasitics.html# << might help

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    Re: Three year old going on bald

    Quote Originally Posted by cavycache View Post
    I think I am going to treat everyone for mites, but is there a cheaper way to do that from home? I don't particularly want to make another trip to the vet to pick up some invermectin.
    This is what I plan on ordering to treat George in case he does have any and just for a preventative measure: Amazon.com: Durvet Ivermectin Pour On 250 Ml: Pet Supplies

    It should last a fairly long time.

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