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Does anyone know what this is?

Discussion in 'Diseases & Injuries - Goats' started by Green Acres Farm, Jul 25, 2018.

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    Green Acres Farm

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    Sorry for the bad pics.
    Does anyone know what this is? This doe has bald, scaly patches on her ears and tail. She had had it for months. Our vet thought it might be a zinc deficiency or an autoimmune issue. It is not mites. Because none of our other goats have gotten it, she ruled out ringworm. Any ideas? CE336B76-C24C-4653-86FB-B65847592CE7.jpeg
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    Usually a patchy tail is a copper deficiency... but her being black... I think that would bleach her a bit too???

    Does she rub herself funny on something?
     
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    She gets supplemental copper bloluses so I’m pretty sure it’s not that. Her coat doesn’t appear bleached either.

    I don’t think it’s from rubbing. It would be too hard to rub her ears in the same spots every time I think.
     
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    Unless she is sticking her head through a fence?
     
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    Nope, we have 2x4” fencing and electric ribbon. :hu
     
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    But on the posts that hold it up?
     
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    Maybe? I’ve never seen her do it.
     
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    Odd thing to be sure! :old
     
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    I'd treat her for mites anyway.

    Some goats can have mites and never show any signs or symptoms. Others will.

    Have you treated her for mites? Skin scrapings can be unreliable.

    A friend was having a similar issue. Her one buck kept balding. They tried many different treatments. Nothing worked until they started putting NuStock on him. It's sulfur based and treats different types of mange and mite. Might be worth a try :idunno
     
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    Interesting. I didn’t realize skin scrapings were unreliable. I will definitely try that!