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My miniature donkey is losing her hair around her eye and nose.

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My miniature donkey is losing her hair around her eye and nose. There are some small round scabs on her face. What could be causing this?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Horse Veterinary
Expert:  Dan C., DVM replied 4 years ago.
Hello,Customer

I'm sorry to hear about your donkey's condition. I need to ask you a few questions in order to help:

1): Is your donkey housed with other animals, and if so, what types and how many?

2): Do the areas of the hair loss seem itchy?

3): How long has this been a problem?

4): When was she last dewormed, and what type of deworming product was used?

5): Have you tried treating the affected areas?

6): What is her living environment like (stall, pasture, etc.)?

Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX'm looking forward to hearing form you!
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
): Is your donkey housed with other animals, and if so, what types and how many? yes two miniature donkeys

2): Do the areas of the hair loss seem itchy? no not that i can tell

3): How long has this been a problem? i just noticed it but i think it's been about a week

4): When was she last dewormed, and what type of deworming product was used? I just purchased her at Christmas, so she has not yet been dewormed by me. I think its been less than two months

5): Have you tried treating the affected areas? No I just noticed it today

6): What is her living environment like (stall, pasture, etc.)? pasture
Expert:  Dan C., DVM replied 4 years ago.
Thanks for getting back to me:

There is a good possibility that your donkey is suffering from an external parasite infestation, most likely either mites or scabies. This is a very common time of year for this problem to present itself, with wet and cool environments. Mites can often be seen using a magnifying glass, especially if the area under observation is warmed slightly using a heat lamp or other heat source (the heat causes them to start moving about...). Scabies, on the other hand, need to be diagnosed by a vet, as it normally requires scraping of the skin as the parasites usually burrow beneath the skin's surface. Fortunately, these parasites can often be self-limiting in a healthy animal, but deworming your donkey with an ivermectin-based dewormer should be effective (although we are seeing more and more reports of parasite resistance to these products). Another effective route is to dampen a clean cloth with a pyrethrin/permethrin-based fly spray, and vigorously rub the cloth into the affected areas. This should be repeated every other day for a minimum of three treatments.

Keep in mind that I am unable to examine your donkey, and am basing my answer on the information that you have supplied. If you haven't had your donkeys yet examined by a vet, I'd strongly recommend doing so, so they can get off to a good, healthy start in their new home with you.

I trust I've been of some help, and please let me know if you have any further questions.

Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX of luck!

-Dan
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