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Old 09-02-2019, 11:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I have got my little Ozzy from a girl who couldn’t take care of him anymore. She had him for roughly a month and he seems to be about 3 months now. You can tell he wasn’t taken care of very well, but I’m afraid he has mites. I noticed his skin was a little dry but it wasn’t severe. I also noticed one of his ears had a little white grainy build up outside. I’m on week 3 with him now. He has been loosing some quills and scratching a little. His skin is VERY flaky and dry and after I bathed him it cleared up a little. Day 3 after bath and it’s getting bad again. The quills and fur around his ear is a little orange/yellow now. And he also had brown dust looking particles on his quills. I tried to take him to the vet this weekend but they were closed because of Labor Day and won’t be open until tomorrow. I will attach pictures. Someone please help 😞 I’m worried!!
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Old 09-03-2019, 03:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What you could do is put him something black and rub, then watch the white that falls, if any move on their own its mites. You will likely still to get the treatment from the vet though. You only want revolution.

The yellow around his face is nothing to worry about it happens they can get themselves really dirty.
The brown dust particles is again just normal dirt.
If you only gave him a bath not long ago, refrain to give again unless they seriously need it.
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Thank you Rita! I put him up against an old black t shirt and when the flakes come off nothing seemed to be moving. I shined a flashlight and it just seemed like extremely dry flakey dandruff. This was the first bath I gave him but don’t plan on giving him another one for awhile. I have also made a vet appt so I feel relieved!
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Old 09-03-2019, 12:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Get your vet to do a skin scraping to make sure its just dry skin.

You can add flaxseed oil capsules to food to help with dry skin
And theres a spray called hypocare or Leucillin they need to be balled up to spray it to get to their skin - only use once everything is ruled out and its definitely just dry skin.
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Also, quilling can cause dry skin. Is he quilling?
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Old 09-05-2019, 05:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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He isn’t quilling! The vet said it’s a fungal infection which caused his dry skin and quill lose. They gave us shampoo to bathe him with and hasn’t a check up in a month!
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