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Offline MinervaThonosi

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Weird Round Bald Spot
« on: July 15, 2017, 10:02:52 PM »
So Tobi has this perfectly round bald spot his neck just under his chin. I can't get a good picture. I have no idea what happened and was hoping someone might have some insight.

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Re: Weird Round Bald Spot
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2017, 10:34:23 PM »
Any time I see "round bald spot" I automatically assume ringworm. It usually looks a little red, but it doesn't always present the same way. I hope I'm wrong! I dealt with ringworm and had to continually apologize to my boys for two weeks during the daily bath and cage bleach phase of treatment. They were not happy campers.
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Re: Weird Round Bald Spot
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2017, 11:05:29 PM »
Well the middle is also bald, so I don't know if that changes anything. I felt it and it feels more like a buzz cut than completely bald. Also his skin doesn't look irritated.

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Re: Weird Round Bald Spot
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2017, 11:56:14 AM »
Does he live with other rats?  Could be one of his friends is barbering him.
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Re: Weird Round Bald Spot
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2017, 07:27:31 PM »
Does he live with other rats?  Could be one of his friends is barbering him.

Nope he's by himself.

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Re: Weird Round Bald Spot
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2017, 01:37:33 PM »
And now he's starting to get the same bald spot on the left side of his neck. After looking at some pictures I'd have to say that the location would be about where his thyroid gland is.

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Re: Weird Round Bald Spot
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2017, 09:48:44 PM »
Might be mites? Have you treated him recently? Hair loss around the neck area makes me think of mites. Usually theres scabbing with it, but maybe he hasnt gotten that bad off yet and only has some hair loss?
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Re: Weird Round Bald Spot
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2017, 10:10:22 AM »
I really don't know what to think with this rat. Tobi's fur is kinda coming back. Because of the location, it's hard to get a good look. I had a thought that maybe he was self-barbering. This is because I've seen him grab his neck(ventral part)  and bring it to his mouth to groom. He's the only one I've seen do that.