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    11-26-2010, 01:48 PM
Cool Oak Mites?

Hi everyone!

I believe my gelding has oak mites. His head and neck are covered with crusty bumps and I named my ranch Oak Wood because of all the oak trees on the property.

I drenched him in fly spray but I'm wondering if anyone has a better cure? Betadine keeps popping into my mind, but I'm not sure why.

Any suggestions?

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    11-27-2010, 03:29 AM
Do you think it could possibly be rain rot? I've never had to deal with oak mites, so I don't know what that would look like. Betadine is an antibacterial, which is good for rain rot, but it may kill the mites as well. I would at least shoot a call into the vet, and if you think you need to/have the money, have them come out to take a look. If the scabs fall/can be picked of and have a sort of puss on them and the hair looks kind of greasy, then it is probably rain rot. A good scrubbing of a mixture of betadine and tea tree shampoo should help with that, but it can be a trial and error thing. Rain rot can be caused by bacteria, or a fungus, in which case the betadine wont do much good. Best way to be for sure is to have the vet come look, or see if you can work a skin scraping thing out where you bring it to them and avoid a farm call :)

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