Help me diagnose this bald spot!

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  1. DaGoatandPugLady

    DaGoatandPugLady Active Member

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    Hershey has this spot on his head. He has loose minerals (sweetlix) and gets Replamin once a week. They have a cobalt, selenium and salt block as well. Is this a zinc deficiency? Mites? What could this be and how to treat it? Or is it normal from him scratching on stuff? There’s only this one spot. IMG_6930.jpg
     
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  2. groovyoldlady

    groovyoldlady Goat Crazy!

    Jul 21, 2011
    Central Maine
    Doesn't look like a zinc problem to me.

    My guess would be that he's itchy and rubbing his head. Watch him when you are with him; Is he scratching elsewhere? Especially check his legs and his belly. This is definitely the time of year for mites to be a problem.

    I don't see distinct edges on the bald patch, so I'm not thinking it's ringworm...

    However, the head is a very common place for fungal growths.

    Skin ailments are such a pain to diagnose! I'd say if he's NOT showing signs of itching elsewhere, I'd treat the spot with NU-STOCK. Wear gloves when you use it; It's stinky. You apply it every 3 days until the hair grows back.
     
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  3. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Have you checked for lice/mites?

    Any little bugs, when you part the hair?

    Any scabs on legs, around ankles?

    Any swirl spots in the hair?
     
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  4. DaGoatandPugLady

    DaGoatandPugLady Active Member

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    Thank you! Is NU-STOCK available at TSC? I’ll watch closely the next time I’m with him but off the top of my head, no, he just rubs his head
     
  5. DaGoatandPugLady

    DaGoatandPugLady Active Member

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    Can you explain the swirl spots in hair? He and his brother have some curlies on their neck. Almost like a ringlet. I’ll attach a picture!

    Can I see mites? I see a small amount of dandruff when I part the hair but no bugs. At least, nothing is moving, lol! But I’m not a lice/mite expert so I can’t say for sure.

    No scabs that I see on the legs around the ankles IMG_6935.jpg
     
  6. groovyoldlady

    groovyoldlady Goat Crazy!

    Jul 21, 2011
    Central Maine
    Yes, you should be able to get NuStock at TSC. That's where I get it.
     
  7. MadHouse

    MadHouse Well-Known Member

    The ringlets look like their cashmere wool to me. My May has that.
     
  8. DaGoatandPugLady

    DaGoatandPugLady Active Member

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    Okay perfect! that's what I thought it was too :) Thanks!
     
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  9. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Swirl marks are area's on the body where they mess it up the hair when itching so much. Not the cute curl spots. Lice you can see.
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    Mites you cannot, but you will see thick scabby area's around the ankles, legs, scrotum, udder.
     
  10. DaGoatandPugLady

    DaGoatandPugLady Active Member

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    Ok, I will double check again for any thick scabbed areas. I don't think I saw any.

    I did dose my 3 new babies with Ivermectin pour on. They have really bad dandruff and are constantly scratching/stamping their feet. Anything else I can do for them? I couldn't see any lice but was worried about mites..
     
  11. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
  12. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    If he has a buddy to head butt with a lot it can cause calloused skin like that on the head.
     
  13. DaGoatandPugLady

    DaGoatandPugLady Active Member

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    He does!
     
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  14. DaGoatandPugLady

    DaGoatandPugLady Active Member

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    They are 11 weeks old today.
     
  15. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California