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GeorgiaHarris

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I’ve noticed my 5 year old boar has got a bald spot on his bum. We’ve previously had problems with lice so I immediately thought he had got them again or maybe had mites so he’s been through a treatment of ivermectin and I’ve washed him with georgeous guineas lice shampoo but it’s still there. When googling I thought it could be dominant barbering from his younger brother as my older boy is the submissive pig but they’ve been together for about 6 months with no problems so I’m not sure. Has anyone got any idea what any other causes could be or anything that could help?20EC8315-DB2E-4B2F-825F-3BCE30B43BB7.jpegAB60B0B9-718B-4A94-9518-FF1855B127C1.jpeg
 

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Hmmm, I’d suggest a vet visit for that! The skin looks quite red to me so might be a bit sore? As far as I’m aware when piggies barber they normally chew the hair to a blunt edge, this looks more like the hair is thinning?
It looks unusual, I’ve never seen a mite/lice infestation look like this before. Either way, a vet will be able to tell you for sure.
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I’ve noticed my 5 year old boar has got a bald spot on his bum. We’ve previously had problems with lice so I immediately thought he had got them again or maybe had mites so he’s been through a treatment of ivermectin and I’ve washed him with georgeous guineas lice shampoo but it’s still there. When googling I thought it could be dominant barbering from his younger brother as my older boy is the submissive pig but they’ve been together for about 6 months with no problems so I’m not sure. Has anyone got any idea what any other causes could be or anything that could help?View attachment 97114View attachment 97115
Please see a vet. It is impossible for you us to say whether it is down to mange mites or barbering - and the latter could also be caused by discomfort in the body underneath.

Please do not treat on spec with low dosed broad spectrum pet shop products that at the best only temporarily suppress any mites but cannot heal.

Information on mange mites: What to check and look out for in new guinea pigs (vet checks, sexing, parasites&illness)

Barbering ( Eating Hair)
 

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That looks rather sore, glad he's going to the vets. We are also having a barbering vs skin infection dilemma with Jezebel's floofy pants that have a bit of hair thinning and a couple of scabs, fortunately not that severe so far but we have a vet check booked next weekend just to make sure!
 
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