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Nose patch

ThomasThePiggyDad

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Hi everyone,

Just finished work and noticed a patch on Biscuit’s nose. I work from home and didn’t notice or hear any sounds that would indicate a fight but I’m concerned. It looks like he’s missing some fur. The patch wasn’t there this morning. There doesn’t appear to be any redness and there’s no blood. I’ve given him a check over and can’t see any other marks or wounds. I checked his belly, butt and ears.

The only thing that’s different in their pen (he lives with another boar) is that we stuffed their box hidey with hay. I’m wondering if this could be the cause? Although we used meadow rather than timothy to stuff the box.

In regards to the pen/behaviour as both boys are teenagers, their pen has two of everything and all hidies have 2 exits. We haven’t noticed any uptick in antagonistic behavior between them other than the usual rumblestrutting and occasional lunges which never result in anything and Biscuit always backs away.

Maybe I’m just being an overly concerned piggy parent but if anyone has any advice on what this might be, I’d appreciate it!

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Hmmmm, i would want that checked at vets.... I am suspecting fungal infection.

i doubt that is a fight would i'd normally expect fur pulled from side or bum for that.

get that checked out would be my advice
 

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Hi everyone,

Just finished work and noticed a patch on Biscuit’s nose. I work from home and didn’t notice or hear any sounds that would indicate a fight but I’m concerned. It looks like he’s missing some fur. The patch wasn’t there this morning. There doesn’t appear to be any redness and there’s no blood. I’ve given him a check over and can’t see any other marks or wounds. I checked his belly, butt and ears.

The only thing that’s different in their pen (he lives with another boar) is that we stuffed their box hidey with hay. I’m wondering if this could be the cause? Although we used meadow rather than timothy to stuff the box.

In regards to the pen/behaviour as both boys are teenagers, their pen has two of everything and all hidies have 2 exits. We haven’t noticed any uptick in antagonistic behavior between them other than the usual rumblestrutting and occasional lunges which never result in anything and Biscuit always backs away.

Maybe I’m just being an overly concerned piggy parent but if anyone has any advice on what this might be, I’d appreciate it!

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Hi!

It is either a bald patch from a something stuck in the hair (boar glue?) that has come off or the very start of a fungal skin infection (potentially ringworm). See a vet promptly if the patch has grown by tomorrow morning as in this case it is likely fungal and see a vet if you any concerns.
 

ThomasThePiggyDad

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Thanks!

How urgent would it be? It’s Thanksgiving here tomorrow in Canada so most places with be closed. Would it be prudent to try to track down an emergency vet at this point just in case we need one tomorrow?
 

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Thanks!

How urgent would it be? It’s Thanksgiving here tomorrow in Canada so most places with be closed. Would it be prudent to try to track down an emergency vet at this point just in case we need one tomorrow?
Hi!

Please take a deep breath. If it is fungal, you will more likely see a marked change over the next 2-3 days; it is not instant. It is also not an emergency but should be ideally seen this coming week if you notice a deterioration (larger hairless area and a white scaly crust forming).
Right now - seeing how fuzzy your picture is - it can be as likely a patch of boar glue (dried semen fluid) come off and ripping some hairs off when it did.

You can find picture of the onset of a fungal infection in the last chapter, but it is definitely not time to panic yet. Just to keep an eye on it for the next couple of days and see which way the patch is going. Ringworm: Hygiene And Pictures
 
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