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October 14, 2012 at 9:29 pm #16675
I have a gilt that is about 16 months old. In the past two weeks she has started to loose her black pigment in her nose and snout, at the base of her ears and under her front legs. Any idea what is causing this?
She has not changed her feed (which includes Purina Sow/Pig complete, orchard grass, flax seed, beet pellets soaked in goat dairy whey and apples/pears or other vegetables/fruits from the yard), she eats well and I’m not seeing any other signs.
Thank you!October 14, 2012 at 9:52 pm #18147presidentParticipant
Just a color loss? No swollen areas, diamond shaped patches, raised skin? Also, does your pig feed have copper in it?
President, LBHAOctober 15, 2012 at 5:21 am #18149
No patches or other weird-ities. I’ll look at her feed and see if there’s copper…
I meant to mention that I have her sister and she shows no signs of loosing color.October 15, 2012 at 8:21 pm #18150
In looking at the ingredient list of the pig feed, I see copper sulfate about a 1/3 of the way down the list of ingredients. I read up on it, so I’m sure it’s fine for what they use it for. She has been eating this feed since I got her at 8 weeks.October 16, 2012 at 5:49 pm #18184presidentParticipant
I was asking about the copper because some animals can lose color if they don’t have it in their diet.
To tell you the truth, I have no idea. Maybe it’s some sort of irritation? Is she rubbing herself against something in those areas?
RichardOctober 17, 2012 at 3:54 am #18187
Not that I can tell, it’s the end of her nose, the base of the snout where the nose connects, where her ears connect to her head and behind her front legs. It came on very sudden. I’m waiting for my vet to call me back. I’ll post when I do find out. Thanks.October 18, 2012 at 8:52 pm #18195Member: MO chhogsParticipant
Behind the ears & front legs are common spots for lice eggs. They look like little white flecks. Will be very interested to hear what the vet says.
LizNovember 6, 2012 at 3:11 am #18274
Ok, I can post some photos of my girl if someone can tell me how to do that.
I chatted with the vet (she hasn’t been out to see her yet, but saw photos). She stated maybe a fungus? We’re going to do a skin scraping to send to lab.
Again, her sister doesn’t have anything like this going on and they live together. I have two goats that live with these girls as well.November 29, 2012 at 5:37 pm #18299
Just wanted to give a quick update. My girl has stopped loosing color, but the color loss is still there. After much research, confering with my vet, we believe she may have vitiligo. We have put a shout out to two universities for help in confirming. The good news is her appetite is good, she’s happy and healthy.
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