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Old 02-20-2013, 10:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone, I'm needing your thoughts on an idea I'm getting ready to implement.

As some of you may know, Leo had a bout with the dreaded mite last October. He underwent a 3 dose treatment of Revolution, and seems fine (behavior wise now). However, he has been losing a good amount of quills with the ball on the end(on a regular cage cleanout [every 4 days or so], I can find 30+) ever since. He also has severely dry skin (that I'm trying to keep in check with oatmeal baths, flaxseed oil in his rinsewater and food, (and I'm thinking about switching to coconut oil for his rinse..), and I've even put a jar of water under his CHE to put moisture in his vicinity. I've been told its pretty natural for them to lose quills on their own, but the amount I'm seeing in his cage has me lead to believe that he might still have mites.

Here's why I think this:
The cage we have made for him is not as well put together as some of yours. We could not find coroplast anywhere, so we had to basically sew together a bunch of plastic ribbed place mats, and to prevent him from escaping, copious amounts of duct and shipping tape were used to seal off the top squares of the cage. It's my belief, that even after I scoured his cage with cleaning agents, some may have survived.

Here's my idea:
I'm going to the vet soon to get another tube of revolution, and begin treating him (I've read that even if he has no mites, it is still ok to use as a preventative measure). Then, we are going to buy him a new cage this weekend (I've posted links in the housing section of the website).

Do you guys think this help?
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I used coconut oil on my foster when she had really dry skin. Instead of using it in rinse water, I used a small, stiff paintbrush to rub it directly onto her skin. It really helped but it made her smell funny.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I did just what I said I was gonna do. Sometimes ya just gotta do what you think is right. Leo is medicated and just got introduced to his new habitat and view of the world. The cage is perfect for him and all his stuff. Just thought I'd update you all.
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:10 AM   #4 (permalink)
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A new house for Leo! Does he like it?
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