Ectoparasites Figure 1

Figure 1: Mite infestation
Case history and photo

History

Male Dumbo rat approximately 5 months old. The photo shown below was taken following treatment with Ivermec.

Clinical Signs

Wounds from intense scratching.

Diagnosis

Infestation of mites.

Treatment

It was ultimately discovered that the initial treatment with Ivermec, was being used at too low a dosage. Follow up treatment was instituted for this rat and cage mates with Ivermec paste at the correct dosing in the amount the
size of a grain of rice. In addition this rat was bathed, and the cage, bedding and toys, were sterilized with a disinfectant.

Outcome

Treatment was effective with no signs of secondary infections.

Photo

Mite Infestation

Photo courtesy of Bellaratta’s Nest Rattery

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