I noticed a few little blisters or pimples on his back. But the vet said he looks good. He's a bit chubby at 2.10 lbs. and about 1 yr. old, I think. We came to the conclusion it was the bedding I've been using. I use Care Fresh, the chunky sort. I get it from Chewy. My first auto ship was what I'm used to, but the second 3 bags have noticeably higher wood content. (I never ever noticed it at all before.) It's really gritty and leaves a dusty residue on the hands. The vet said he looks more like it's mild abrasions, and the blister or pimples would be from random bacteria. She said Neosporin should take care of it. (Not really...she also said it's def. not fungal.) Or perhaps the scratching is due to dry air now that I am using space heaters for them, pretty much round the clock. (I do use olive oil on them. I didn't find coconut oil to be very effective at keeping them moisturized,)
Now I've noticed a small lump on his under side. It seems to be a mass under the skin. I tried to upload images, but I'm not getting something right. My questions are: Could they have mites? I don't see any other signs any other signs of them, and the itching is far from constant. Hair loss is out as an indicator, since they're skinny pigs. Should I just cool it for now and watch for other indications? How do I add images of Melvin's skin and his lump? Is it normal for skinny pigs to get build up of dead skin on the back? Melvin has quite a bit, but Henry has none. Henry's skin looks amazing. Thanks for any help!
Also, you might email PinkRufus, who has several skinny pigs and has more experience with skin issues, and ask her to look at this topic. She has a post in the Records forum: