How to Deal With Pony Cancer?

Winged Mirage

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Is there a good way to deal with Pony cancer? I'm worried a few of mine might have it.
 

evilbunnyfoofoo

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I've had good luck scrubbing them with a vinegar/baking soda mix too. Plus the fizz is so fun!
 

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Also, it won’t spread from one pony to others. It’s appearance on toys can be sped up by keeping them in hot, humid, low air flow conditions (I suspect the idea that it can spread came about when people found that several of their ponies developed it at the same time under less than ideal storage conditions.)

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Cactusflower

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I'm going to have to deal with my Sunburst soon. He was in mint condition when I bought him and now has cancer over his neck and other parts of his body. :(
 

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I'm going to have to deal with my Sunburst soon. He was in mint condition when I bought him and now has cancer over his neck and other parts of his body. :(
Oh no! That’s awful!! Hopefully you can get him cleaned up enough so he’s at least display worthy on his own.
 

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I have a friend who swears by taking a diabetic needle, loading it with acetone and shooting it into the middle of the affected area. I dunno if it works, but she feels it does. Can't hurt to try.
 

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I have a friend who swears by taking a diabetic needle, loading it with acetone and shooting it into the middle of the affected area. I dunno if it works, but she feels it does. Can't hurt to try.
I think all those helpful ideas would work and I do admit sometimes I use bleach for pin dot. My husband already acusses me of slicing off their heads I dont think stabbing them with a needle would be much different. I already to that to rehairs. :p:lolpony:
 

Winged Mirage

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Especially those we played with as kids :p

All the cleaning stuff probably confuses them, like an animal being taken to the vet lol.

Btw, is pony cancer only a G1 problem, or can it happen to other types of ponies too?
 

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Especially those we played with as kids :p

All the cleaning stuff probably confuses them, like an animal being taken to the vet lol.

Btw, is pony cancer only a G1 problem, or can it happen to other types of ponies too?
No it can happen on any vinyl toy. It’s most common cause is a fungal growth. Most commonly found on ponies that have either been “touched” by an infected pony or ponies who are or were kept in humid areas where fungi can easily grow. (I have a G4 Fluttershy who is new in box with a few cancer spots on her.)

It’s most commonly treated with a hydrogen peroxide sun soak. I’ve also been reading a lot lately (because this situation breaks my heart) that athelets foot creams have worked. But can’t find any pictures of non-white ponies that this technique was used on.
 

Skybreeze

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Ah, good to know. Does the soak have any side effects to worry about?
To quote @Far Dreamer :
“Hydrogen Peroxide Soaks

Works well when the pony's pores need to be cleaned out
Often safe on ponies who burn during regular sun fading

Use for:
- discoloring from scents (works great on discolored perfume puffs, but once their hair fades it's difficult to dye)
- discoloring from smoke
- pony cancer
- large blotchy stains
- mildew stains
- sometimes helps with head/body discoloring
- usually safe for glitter symbols
- can be used for overall whitening

Downsides
- dries out hair and the hair won't hold a curl as easily after exposure
- may remove pearlized paint (TE eyes, pearly bodies, etc.)
- reports that it hardens the pony's body, but I've never had this happen, my thoughts is that maybe it cleans out the platisizer, which would have leached out on its own anyway
- will damage mechanical parts
- destroys magic message pony symbols
- makes chartreuse hair bleed color onto anything nearby
- you can't cover the pony, so if you decide to expose to sun as well, fading can happen, I've only had problems with pink and red hair fading, not other colors

Does the pony need to be exposed to the sun while soaking? It seems to me that it works faster when used together, but I'm currently experimenting with this to see if it makes any difference. In theory, if the peroxide works by cleaning out the dirt that has caused the stains, then the sun wouldn't be needed.

Sun Fading

Works well for staining that has soaked into the pony's vinyl
- pen and ink stains, even sharpie
- highlighter stains, saddle sores, those bright pink marks ponies are so prone to getting
- can be used for overall whitening

Downsides
- fading of hair, eyes, and symbols can happen if not covered, red and pink hair fade especially quickly when exposed to the sun
- if you cover the pony in aluminum foil, this can stain the body yellow

The main reason I wanted to post this, is that I have absolutely cured pony cancer with peroxide soaks and I want people to know that it can be done. I think restoration is all about doing what makes you enjoy your collection more. For me, I would rather have slightly dry hair than brown blotches on my pony's face. Others may prefer something different.

Any restoration technique can cause damage, so whatever you try do it carefully.”
 
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