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Old 12-20-2009, 09:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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A couple weeks back, Beck came down with a mite infestation. I treated him with three doses of Revolution each two weeks apart, as per the vet's instructions. The mites have cleared up quite nicely, however Beck is still losing quills at a slightly alarming rate. He's not going bald or anything, but I can generally get three or four quills off him each time I take him out just by stroking and massaging his back. His skin was a bit dry, so I put a few capsules of vitamin E oil on him a few days ago. His skin looks good now, but still with the loose quills. Should I be concerned? I wondered if maybe the mites had damaged some quills, so it's just a matter of waiting until all the damaged quills are shed? Or do you guys think there's another underlying problem? This is my first time treating mites, so I'm not sure what to expect in terms of damage to the quills and such. Thanks for your input!
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Old 12-20-2009, 11:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It's quite normal to have quills continue to fall for a while after the mites are cleared up. The mites do damage the quill bed which is why they continue to fall for a while. It should start to ease up after a few weeks to a month all depending on how severe the infestation was and how much damage they did.
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Old 01-02-2010, 05:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Update: it's been like.. two months since the mites were treated. And he's still losing quills. Like, 8 just came off him in fifteen minutes. They come off when I stroke him. I guess I could not pet him, but I feel like that's not fixing the problem. He still looks good. No baldness, and I think I can see buds of new quills coming in, but still... what could be up?
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Old 01-05-2010, 03:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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His skin is a bit flaky as well... I've put vitamin E capsules on him a few times the last month or so... should I continue to this, or is it just an oily waste of time lol?

As sort of a side thought, I've started giving him a little bit of peanut butter the last few days (small amounts, of the all natural, smooth stuff) thinking that maybe he's just kind of "dry" from a lack of fat? He's a very lean little boy. A real runner.
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