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post #1 of 2 Old 11-26-2010, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 2 Old 11-27-2010, 02:29 AM
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do you think it could possibly be rain rot? ive never had to deal with oak mites, so i dont 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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