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Post by River on Wed 31 Jan 2018, 4:36 pm



Do you think we need to see the vet?

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Post by Peachy on Wed 31 Jan 2018, 5:33 pm

Eek. That was pretty quick! I would go to the vet simply to start ruling causes out and maybe get some antibiotics... perhaps another opinion on antibiotic ointments and hydrocortisone.

A vet can help decide if further parasite treatment is needed, if some fungal infection or skin disorder might be at play, or if there might be an allergy to bedding, food, or something in her environment (laundry soap, fragrances, lotion, etc.) Treating for chronic scratching will be pointless if a cause hasn't been addressed.

If you get the clear on parasites and infections, I would first try to rule out hot spots from food allergies and protein. The most common diet to get started with this is cooked brown rice or steel cut oats for a couple weeks.

If there's no improvement with any adjustments, I'd feel safe calling it OCD. Then all you can really do is try to help her scratch less (more toys, more space, more out time, give her something else to do when you catch her scratching, etc), keep her stress and boredom to a minimum, and do your best to keep it clean and cool. Your vet can help you identify signs of infections, etc that would require a follow up.

I never got Yoshi to stop, no matter what I did... he finished scratching his ear off and then stopped by himself. Everything healed up, he grew his fur back (mostly), and lived to be 35 months old. My girls have managed to stop before doing major damage, though.

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Re: Cut not healing

Post by River on Wed 31 Jan 2018, 5:56 pm

We've changed bedding so I don't think think it's an allergy to that. Are skin conditions and fungal infections contagious? If something could've been passed between mice that'd make sense. I'm trying to consider Maiers scratching, too. I believe they're linked...the time period and similarities between them are convincing.

I take it I should see a vet then. At the least they should be able to give tips! Any idea how much tests for all these things cost on average? Just want to be prepared.
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