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Bold spot!

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Nibbles seems fine and healthy but has developed this bold spot (photo attached) just under his chin. It does not seem sore just bold. I have been watching him and it doesn't seem to be bothering him or anything. Any idea of causes? He is up to date with his spot in stuff so don't thing it is parasite or mite related and lives on his own.
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It would be a good idea to have a vet check him out.

Can I ask why he lives alone?
Piggies can barber themselves for many reasons pain being one, but also stress can be a reason and being alone is stressful for them.

If you are applying a spot on as routine, then that isn’t recommended. You should really on treat for parasites If they have a confirmed infestation as routine preventative can cause resistance to the treatment meaning they can become infested anyway and then they won’t be killed by treatment when it is really needed
 

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We got him from a lady who couldn't look after him anymore. We are going to get him Neutered and then find him a friend. We were advised by the vet to do the spot on as a precaution in case that was what the cause could be. As he isn't an emergency it was just a telephone consultation.
 

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We got him from a lady who couldn't look after him anymore. We are going to get him Neutered and then find him a friend. We were advised by the vet to do the spot on as a precaution in case that was what the cause could be. As he isn't an emergency it was just a telephone consultation.
So you’ve given the spot on in response to the bald spot? How long have you had him? Was the bald spot already there?
If he had mites then one spot on treatment (particularly if it was a pet shop purchased one rather than prescription strength) won’t be enough, mites have to be treated as a course of three separate treatments at a certain interval apart to be able to kill the parasites in all their life cycles (the treatment only kills the mites, not unhatched eggs, which then when hatched get caught by the second treatment, the third treatment just makes sure everything is really gone). If you’ve done the course then that is great. Any fur could take a while to grow back, but only a hands on check by a vet is going to be able to get a diagnosis though. Have you seen him licking it himself?

(Id also be careful about feeding those hanging sticks, a lot of the ingredients in those aren’t good for piggies)
 

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Thank you so much. You have been amazing. It all makes sense. We have had him 7 weeks. The bold spot has happened the last week. I haven't seen him lick himself but there was a crusty spot there to start with. I will phone the vets again tomorrow and see if they can look him.
 

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If it was crusty, then it is more likely fungal or the result of drinking/food dribbling.

Very occasionally we see bald spots under the chin that are neither fungal or parasitic, but you can only leave them be after all the other potential issues have been ruled out after treatment.

Here is more information on skin parasites and fungal skin infections: Bathing (including cleaning grease glands)

And here is our comprehensive neutering information, which you may find very helpful, too; including post-op care, a list of the most common post-op complications and why we strongly recommend a 6 weeks post op safety wait: Neutered / De-sexed Boars And Neutering Operations: Myths, Facts and Post-op Care

You may also want to bookmark and browse our New Owners guide collection, in which we address specifically all the areas that we get the most questions, worries and cries for help about. We have also included guides to help new owners learn what is normal and not, as well as vital emergency information. You may also like to have a look at our piggy whispering tips to make friends with your boy in his own body language as well as a very comprehensive illustrated bonding guide that takes you through all stages of the complex bonding process.
Here is the link: Getting Started - New Owners' Most Helpful Guides
 

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If it was crusty, then it is more likely fungal or the result of drinking/food dribbling.

Very occasionally we see bald spots under the chin that are neither fungal or parasitic, but you can only leave them be after all the other potential issues have been ruled out after treatment.

Here is more information on skin parasites and fungal skin infections: Bathing (including cleaning grease glands)

And here is our comprehensive neutering information, which you may find very helpful, too; including post-op care, a list of the most common post-op complications and why we strongly recommend a 6 weeks post op safety wait: Neutered / De-sexed Boars And Neutering Operations: Myths, Facts and Post-op Care

You may also want to bookmark and browse our New Owners guide collection, in which we address specifically all the areas that we get the most questions, worries and cries for help about. We have also included guides to help new owners learn what is normal and not, as well as vital emergency information. You may also like to have a look at our piggy whispering tips to make friends with your boy in his own body language as well as a very comprehensive illustrated bonding guide that takes you through all stages of the complex bonding process.
Here is the link: Getting Started - New Owners' Most Helpful Guides
Thank you Wiebke! You are as knowledgeable as always. Nibbles has been missing his friends at your house. He had the best holiday x
 
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