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Old 04-21-2011, 03:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How long can we expect Owen to continue to lose quills after mite treatment? He is 2-1/2 years old. He has had two applications of Revolution. His skin looks extremely healthy, no dryness or flakiness. However, he continues to lose quills. Bathed him last night because he walked through a poop pile in his carrier. I didn't even count the number of quills in his cage after, there seemed to be so many.

His initial quill loss was on the back of his neck and shoulders. It has extended down his back, with a full "skirt" of quills above the fur, very sparse on top. (so much that I can pick him up when balled up with bare hands if I place my thumb on a bald spot.)

Quills have follicles/skin attached, but they are dry.
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Old 04-21-2011, 08:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The quill loss should be slowing down by now. It can take a few week to start improving. Is he still scratching? What dosage did you use?
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Revolution dosage was 12-25#. I have not observed any scratching.
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Owen is still loosing lots of quills. He is eating well, activity is normal, temperament is crabby as usual. Visible skin is smooth, not dry, no discoloration. He previously had a tongue injury, along with mites, and has gained all his weight back. I have added flaxseed to his kibble. Only change in his environment is switch to fleece from Aspen shavings, so perhaps he is allergic to fleece or detergent, though I use All free and clear. Next vet follow-up is Monday.

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My guy Charley came down with a case of mites in early February this year and though it's been several months/Revolution/etc and him being mite free he still loses more quills than I think he ought to.

I don't worry too much because all of his vital signs are so good (eating/drinking well, wheeling, skin is clear, no scratching, etc) and he's growing in new quills like crazy even now, so he's not really showing any patches of sparse quills on his back.

I hope everything is good with Owen when he goes to the vet!

Charley is on fleece liners I made him and we use All Free&Clear too... seems to be a good combo for us.
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Pic of balding Owen.

During time it took to take pic and kim anoint my hands and forearm thoroughly, he lost 14 more quills. Has 3 or 4 new quills growing in - only one seems normal size. He is losing belly fur too. His tummy is sparse, but skin is also good color. He has fur all over his blankets now.

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Oh my goodness, poor little baby!

Those tiny terrors really did a number on him...
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Oh my goodness, poor little baby!

Those tiny terrors really did a number on him...
Alastrina - his initial quill loss was probably about 10%. This drastic quill and fur loss has occurred since then.
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I'd have him checked for a bacterial or fungal infection. That looks like more than quill loss from mites especially since he'es been treated.

I have a boy right now that looks like that and it is from a bacterial infection.
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*gasp* pore baby!! I hope he gets better soon!! I agreay with Nancy that you get him looked at for a bacterial or fungal infection.
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