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Old 11-13-2012, 01:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just went through a possible urine infection and antibiotics and now I'm pretty sure he has mites.
He is about 4 months and I haven't noticed much quiling lately.
But I saw him itching and last night his itching was FURIOUS. He was running up against the cloroplast and hes even been liner diving to rub against the cloroplast.
He even shudders at times it sounded like. I took him out this morning and gave him an oatmeal bath and when he wandered after being dry I didn't see him itching at all. His skin doesn't look very dry at all and seems clear but his ears seem to look more ratty-er. They always were since I got him but here is a recent picture below.

I just dont see why the vet didnt say anything during his examination just a few weeks ago.
Is there anything I can do without needing to go to the vet?

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Old 11-13-2012, 01:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The itching could be mites, if it's really excessive.

The ears aren't related though That's just gunk that builds up - dry skin, dirt, etc. Use some vaseline on them every day, it'll come off eventually. If he's willing to let you, you can pick a little of it off every day - it's pretty easy to do once it's softened by the vaseline.

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Old 11-13-2012, 01:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It does sound like mites...poor guy! You guys have just gone through everything so far, hopefully this means he'll be healthy for a good long time soon! The ears are just kind of a build-up thing, really, not a sign of mites - you can rub them with vaseline or flaxseed oil nightly or every other night to help get that gunk off and make the edges smooth again. For the mites, can you call your vet and see if they'll prescribe some Revolution for you? It's not that expensive, but the only ways that you can get it (that I know of) are buying online (which I'm personally leery of and don't have much advice for that) or getting a prescription from the vet. It's very hard to overdose Revolution and there's not really a "test" to test for mites (skin scrapes can easily come up false negative, if you don't scrape where the mites are), so maybe he'll just go ahead and give you some instead of taking him back in.
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks to you both.
I'll definitely work on his ears and if I see him itch one more time I'll try and get some rev.
I just dont want to drive all the way back to the vet form something that can be done over the hpone.
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