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post #1 of 9 Old 04-07-2020, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Mites!

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!
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post #2 of 9 Old 04-07-2020, 03:58 PM
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Mites and lice are two different beings. Which are you dealing with or both?
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Wait and see what your vet says. ;)


DO NOT USE TICK OR FLEA PRODUCTS DESIGNED FOR DOGS. Some poisons will affect different animals differently... example: Using Frontline drops for a dog, on a cat, will kill your cat. I would have concerns using a formula for canines on an equine unless a vet clears it.
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Mites and lice are two different beings. Which are you dealing with or both?
Woops, didn't realise that lol. I'm not really sure of the difference but after a quick google search I'm assuming lice as they are on her coat, are not sucking her blood and she is suffering from hair loss.
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Wait and see what your vet says. ;)


DO NOT USE TICK OR FLEA PRODUCTS DESIGNED FOR DOGS. Some poisons will affect different animals differently... example: Using Frontline drops for a dog, on a cat, will kill your cat. I would have concerns using a formula for canines on an equine unless a vet clears it.
Yes I'm definitely going to wait for the vet's advice I was just wondering if anyone had any past experiences or cheaper alternatives to things such as Deosect etc.
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post #6 of 9 Old 04-07-2020, 04:22 PM
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I've used apple cider vinegar to remedy fleas on a cat - searching, it is not a true treatment. It may work in some cases, but not all.

I am seeing people using Dawn dish soap to rid their animals of fleas - for reptiles with MITES, dawn dish soap is used to eliminate mites. It looks like it works for fleas and mites, but see what your vet has to say. Giving a bath with dawn dish soap won't hurt, as long as you thoroughly rinse it out of the hair, as you would with any other shampoo.
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post #7 of 9 Old 04-07-2020, 10:57 PM
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Ivermectin will kill blood sucking lice and for chewing lice you can use lice dust, certain fly sprays (Fly-sect Super 7 says it kills both lice and mites), and shampoos that contain an insecticide. Read the labels on what is available in your area to find out what all they kill and or repel.

Any time I've gotten a horse in with lice I prefer the shampoo because I feel you're more likely to hit every spot. Next choice is the fly spray because I buy Fly-sect Super C which is a concentrate and can make up a gallon and sponge it on. Last choice is the dust only because I don't have a good applicator to get it on the under and inner surfaces of the horse (belly, between the legs, etc..). Weather temps can dictate which treatment you use.
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post #8 of 9 Old 04-08-2020, 01:19 AM
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Get some Neem Oil!!!

This will kill all lice fleas, ticks and mites and other parasites.

It is natural, it is safe and it also kills the eggs.

Two tablespoons of Neem Oil, the same of liquid soap to a gallon of hot water, swirl it around and wash the horse with the mix. Do not rinse. Make sure it soaks into the roots of manes, tails and feathers. I would also spray it over the inside of all your blankets.
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Awesome, thanks guys. Already got some lice dusting powder on its way and will be worming her regardless. Shes midway through a hunter clip (clippers conked out!) so any type of wash or spray should really get to her skin. Thanks for the advice!!
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