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Old 11-04-2016, 09:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Irritation after olive oil treatment?

So we’ve given our little Maximus an olive-oil rub to help his skin recover after a mild case of mites. The breeder also said it would help to choke off any remaining mites and eggs in between Revolution treatments. Max hated the experience but we’ve let him be for a couple of days and he’s coming back to normal.

Last night during playtime though, I noticed that the skin behind the backs of his ears looked *redder* than before the oil! There had been some irritation and dryness there during the mite episode, but it had cleared up nicely after the Revolution, but after the oil it seems to be doing worse than before!

Is there such a thing as a topical oil allergy? Or can olive oil actually CAUSE irritation? Poor Max is still annoyed by all the disruptions from the mite treatment, and quite huffy lately, so it's hard to tell if he's in any pain around his ears...

Max is mostly white, but not albino, and his regular healthy skin colour is very pink. But this seemed excessive…

Advice? Help?

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Old 11-04-2016, 02:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Try giving him a bath to remove the oil and see if that helps. I wouldn't use oil on his skin again after that.
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Hmmm... That pinkish skin has become a rash on his face, chin and ears!

There are several factors at play -- the oil, potential lingering mites (we're only just going to apply the second dose of Revolution tonight), and we accidentally used a very strong detergent on his fleece bedding. We're going to re-wash his fleeces with the milder detergent we were using before, and which caused him no problems, and give him a good Aveeno bath to get that oil off, and see how things go from there...

Poor little guy!
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If it doesn't get better or keeps getting worse he's going to need to see a vet.
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Update: After washing off the oil and giving him a nice Aveeno bath (he still hates bath time no matter what), continuing the Revolution treatment for his mites (2nd dose a few days ago), and re-washing all his bedding in a friendlier detergent, Max is doing just fine. The rash has disappeared and his skin is pretty much back to its normal colouration. He still gets really fidgety if we handle him while wearing clothes that were washed in the nasty detergent, but not when we're wearing clothes washed in the other, friendlier detergent. That is a big hint that his rash was definitely a contact irritation caused by the nasty detergent, and nothing more sinister. He has no other sores or rashes, so all is well.

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It's great to hear that he's doing so well and the problem was easily fixed.
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