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Old 08-17-2015, 04:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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my Nora is 4 months old and is still loosing a lot of quills, she has very dry skin and is scratching a lot,i brought her to my local vet for mites and she was treated but I've I noticed her quills have a yellow bump at the end of them, is this a normal part of quilling? I'm very worried about her I've attached photos, if anyone has experience with this before any info would be appreciated!
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Old 08-18-2015, 11:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That doesn't look normal to me.

Do you use any oils -- such as flax seed -- on her? If so, discontinue use for a a couple of reasons. First, those yellow bulbs may be due to build-up. But, second and more likely, those yellow bulbs may be the result of a skin infection, and the oil can make it worse.

It looks like you need to return to the vet and have a skin scraping done to check for possible fungal, viral, or bacterial infection.
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Never used flax oil on her, gave her her first oatmeal bath 2 days ago, I did bring her to a vet last week about her dry skin where the vet treated her for mites, would it be best to bring her back asap along with the lose quills or leave it a week to save her from vet stress? I really don't want her suffering
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If she had mites those could just be her shedding quills damaged by the mites. How long ago was she treated and what was she treated with?
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The vet and I didn't see any sign of mites but that was the only thing she thought could be making her so itchy/ dry, she was treated with revolution on friday
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So I take it the vet didn't actually test for mites then? Certainly doesn't hurt to treat with Revolution as a just in case. This may be a wait and see sort of deal. I'd let your vet know, and maybe even email her the pictures and see what she thinks. She may recommend waiting, or she may want to try something different.
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Healthy quills generally will have a tiny ball on the end, the "root" it's very small and looks very different from the gunked up quills you've photographed. There is certainly some type of dermatitis going on. Perhaps visit a different vet simply to get a second opinion.
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Thanks for all your info! Brought her to the vet and was given antibiotics for her, gave her some waxworms as a treat for being so brave at the vets and she seems happy playing away! fingers crossed it works so she doesn't have to go back in for skin scrapping
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