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  • Miniature donkey has bald spot on chest

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    02-09-2013, 11:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Nokotaheaven    
To me that looks JUST like lice.... I think you should check for it
That is not lice there would be more then one bald spot. Plus the horse would be rubbing like crazy.

Iv had a horse with lice doesn't. Look like that.....
     
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    02-09-2013, 11:46 PM
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That is not lice there would be more then one bald spot. Plus the horse would be rubbing like crazy.

Iv had a horse with lice doesn't. Look like that.....
Not necessarily. Mine has lice right now and that's exacty what hers look like. And it's all together in the same general area. She's not itching it either
     
    02-10-2013, 12:00 AM
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That screams LICE to me :o Look really closely around that spot and under your horse's mane and at the base of the mane... they aren't contagious to humans, but icky and uncomfortable and can lead to worse skin infections due to itching themselves raw.

We had a miniature horse that came to our farm who we discovered had lice... ick. She had ONE single bald spot on her neck, and upon closer inspection, the "dandruff" was moving in some places. The only place we could actually SEE that it was lice was around the bald spot :P and, your horse's "dandruff" looks just like what ended up being the lice and the castings, etc. Gives me the heebie-jeebies just thinking about it. We had a vet out right away, and ended up shaving the poor mini, bathing it half to death, and then powdering her with the horse-specific otc lice treatment. Basically, other than the OTC stuff and bathing/shaving there isn't much you can do about it... but, what you can do is pretty straightforward, simple and relatively cheap in the grander scheme of potential diagnosis! We then re-washed and re-treated our mini two weeks later. Never had another problem.

There are two kinds of lice horse can get - biting or sucking. On that note, it can also cause anemia, depending upon the type/severity of the infestation. Ick. Ick. Ick.
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    02-10-2013, 12:11 AM
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And it's also contagious from horse to horse
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    02-10-2013, 01:24 AM
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Yes it is - you need to quarantine your horse if it ends up being lice. If you put it in a stall that is just on the other side of a wall from another horse, then make sure you sprinkle the lice dust around the perimeter of both stalls, just to make sure that they don't make it across the barrier. Ew. I can't say EW enough. Ew. Ew. Ew.
     
    02-10-2013, 10:54 AM
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How would I check for it?
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    02-10-2013, 11:03 AM
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I live in Alberta where it's below zero every night, I have no way of giving her a bath :(
If she does have have lice I won't be able to take her anywhere for a bath either unfortunately.
Would I have to shave her whole body or just the area that's affected? (It's gets down to-30/-40 Celsius) I do have a barn and stall so I can isolate her but it's not heated. I may have to go blanket shopping as well depending on how much I would have to shave.
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    02-10-2013, 12:27 PM
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If you can't bathe her, use a lice dust/powder generously. I'm dealing with lice right now as well, in two different horses. Its warm enough to bathe here but I'm using dust as well and its working great. I didnt shave the filly that has it and I caught it quickly so no bald spots, but our mare does have a bald spot that looks like that from rubbing.
     
    02-10-2013, 12:28 PM
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How would I check for it?
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Go to her side at the neck where the mane is lying, take a small section of mane and flip it up, pulling it apart between your fingers inspecting closely for small dots. Keep going up the mane until you see said small dots which are most definitely not dandruff.

Say 'eek!' And drop the hair in disgust.

Go to vet or feed store (I don't know what the rules are on anti-lice chemicals in Canada) and get some of the stuff that you drip then rub into their skin along the spine starting at the poll and working back to the tail.

Or - if you can't get that anti-lice stuff, the vet will give an injection to do the same thing.
     
    02-10-2013, 12:30 PM
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I live in Alberta where it's below zero every night, I have no way of giving her a bath :(
If she does have have lice I won't be able to take her anywhere for a bath either unfortunately.
Would I have to shave her whole body or just the area that's affected? (It's gets down to-30/-40 Celsius) I do have a barn and stall so I can isolate her but it's not heated. I may have to go blanket shopping as well depending on how much I would have to shave.
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I have never shaved to treat lice so I wouldn't worry about that. Also, avoid blanketing at all costs - this will just give the lice somewhere to jump to whilst the lice-killing chemicals are on your horse, then they'll just jump back in and start again.

For the same reason, wash all your saddle cloths and grooming stuff.
     

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