A few of you might remember I posted not so long ago about some mysterious bald spots and irregular scabs on my mare which a lot of people believed to be ringworm. A quick update for you all, after applying hundreds of anti bacterial and anti-fungal creams/sprays I have finally found the culprit... Mites!!
I was clipping her today and noticed what appeared to be rain rot remnants; lots of small, hairless dots under her coat. I actually didn't notice any mites until I got round to clipping her second side where I found a group of about 4 or 5 lice on her shoulder. I only actually noticed them because once I bothered them they moved. Once I noticed them, I checked her mane, tail and feathers for mites but didn't see anymore so I believe they are only on her body and head as that is where I saw them and that's where her bald spots are.
Anyway, I am so glad I finally know what is causing her bald spots and it definitely makes more sense. I have just emailed the vet to update and ask for further advice on how to treat this. I am looking online and I don't feel there is a great amount of advice on how to treat them, I have seen that you can use Deosect but that is super expensive and the rest is information on how to treat leg mites, which I believe are a different type of mite to the kind they get on their body. The mites that I saw on Millie were mainly on her shoulder, armpit and barrel and they were small but noticeable and yellow in color. I have seen a couple of things about using Ivermectin and Moxidectin wormers to kill lice, is this true? She is actually due to be wormed and I have some Moxidectin on the way so I will be using this regardless.
I did previously order some lice dusting powder just in case so that will be here soon. In the meantime, how does everyone suggest I treat her? I have an absolute overabundance of flea and tick shampoos at home because of my dogs, would these be safe and effective to use as I know some people treat with Frontline flea products?
Any advice or experiences are welcome, thanks!