I have a male chinchilla named Damien (he's a demon XD), and lately, I've been noticing some large tufts of hair outside the cage, and also some marks on his ears when we wake up in the morning. I took him to the vet, but he wasn't an expert on chinchillas, so he couldn't say what the problem was for sure. At the time, we both assumed that Damien was playing on the wheel too hard and he ended up hurting himself.
He gave me betadine and some antibiotics and told me to use them for the next little while and to come back when the antibiotics were done for a follow-up. Well, when we were giving him the meds the other day, we noticed two large bald patches on his sides, right by his hip joints. There were sores that were slightly reddish, and looked dried around the edges. I swabbed them as best I could with the betadine, and continued with the antibiotics, but I'm concerned that they won't work in the case of ringworm, since it's a fungus and not a viral infection.
I tried giving him a bath with some tinctactin in it like I've seen suggested in other threads on this forum, but he knew something was up and didn't even look at the bath. I was hoping someone who is a bit more experienced than I am could take a peek and give their input.
Theses are the marks on his ears. They look horrible, but they seem to be healing somewhat nicely. They only look bad cause we had horrible lighting while I was trying to take a picture. Damien does NOT like staying still!
The marks on his other side look almost exactly like this. They look a bit redder than they actually are, since I've been swabbing them with betadine once a day. He hates it, but it seems to be helping a bit.
As for the antibiotics, the vet gave him enrofloaxcin at a concentration of 100 mg/mL and he's taking 0.3 mL twice a day. I figure we have about enough for ten days or so, then it's back to the vet if he's not doing any better.
Basically, what I'm asking for here is a bit of input on whether or not the munchkin has ringworm, and if so, is there anything else I should be doing to help him? He doesn't seem to be acting differently, but I still feel bad for the little guy
PS: sorry about the lack of links; my post count isn't high enough yet