hair loss

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I have a 2 year old registered black angus bull that is losing hair on his backbone, starting at his shoulders. A patch about 4 inches wide and 12 inches long. Another small patch at his tail head. This doesn't appear to be winter hair loss, because his skin is bare. Is this caused by lice, and if so how do I treat it. I also have 8 other animals that have no hair loss. Do I need a vet? Thank you for your help.

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As a generic response, I would consider it to be a lice problem unless the animal has a unique way of rubbing hair off his topside. Would put animal in a chute and closely inspect the topline for signs or presence of lice. If so, could spray the animal, dust it, or use a pour on insecticide. Assuming no other medical problem, these things you can do yourself. Can also have Vet pay a visit if in doubt.

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