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In Reply to: Re: small scabs on upper torso and neck posted by Debbie on August 06, 2001 at 17:57:13:
Hmm.. I keep thinking and thinking aboutwhat the spots could be. Here are 2 more theories:
Have you ruled out a possible allergic reaction to something such as fly spray, new feed/forage, or some other new management? I've seen animals break out in hives, and then they form small scabs that peel off easy.
I'm still leaning towards a fungus - maybe "rainrot" - I've had it on my horse a few summers ago, when it was really wet. He got a bunch of small scabs all over the upper torso (basically, spots that touch the ground when rolling, and water drip line areas) They were a bit oozy when you peeled them. A good iodine based shampoo scrub every other day till you see them heal should do the trick. That's what i've done for that situation. Also body clipping helps cleaning ease.
Hmm.. I hope you get it squared away.. Really have me curious as to what it is. Worse case, if you see no improvement, and it spreads to others in the herd - have a vet do a skin scraping and maybe they can get to the bottom of it in case its some kind of skin infection, or other wierd thing. Strange things happen with livestock. :-)
-Nat's little Bit
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