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Mo Fraser

  • Joined Apr 2016
Heb losing hair around her eyes
« on: August 19, 2016, 01:32:23 pm »
Hi, I gathered my flock in yesterday to have a look at them and I noticed one had hair loss around her eyes. It looked quite puffed up and sore, any ideas?
I've done some research, could it be lice or ring worm...?

waterbuffalofarmer

  • Joined Apr 2014
  • Mid Wales
  • Owner of 61 Mediterranean water buffaloes
Re: Heb losing hair around her eyes
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2016, 01:38:31 pm »
when were they last wormed? Could we have a picture? What has her diet been like, any changes?
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Mo Fraser

  • Joined Apr 2016
Re: Heb losing hair around her eyes
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2016, 02:56:10 pm »
Last wormed in May, they've had tup mix for 5 weeks before lambing and a few weeks after. They've had access to a lick and are now in a big field with plenty of forage. I don't have a photo but will get one this afternoon.
Thanks for the quick reply.

sheeponthebrain

  • Joined Feb 2016
  • Turriff
Re: Heb losing hair around her eyes
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2016, 03:30:13 pm »
Could it be problems with photosensitivity?

Mo Fraser

  • Joined Apr 2016
Re: Heb losing hair around her eyes
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2016, 03:37:04 pm »
I've just spoken to a local shepherd and he's coming round to have a look tomorrow morning!

devonlady

  • Joined Aug 2014
Re: Heb losing hair around her eyes
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2016, 04:39:00 pm »
Heaven bless good neighbours!

milliebecks

  • Joined Sep 2015
Re: Heb losing hair around her eyes
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2016, 11:32:04 am »
I have the same problem with a couple of my shetlands and I think it's down to photosensitivity ... sometimes related to something they've eaten (apparently Bog Asphodel is a common culprit, although I haven't seen it on my ground).
I've seen mine scratching their heads on trees and gates, so it's obviously itchy and the scratching causes puffiness. I have used vaseline mixed with a small amount (literally a drop or two) of lavender and tea tree essential oils. It seems to give some relief, although don't get it in their eyes.
I did check with my vet and, short of a skin scrape and formal diagnosis, she thought this was probably the cause and a reasonable approach to treating it.
What did your shepherd friend say Mo?

 

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