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Mite Infestation in Rabbits and its Control- A case report

S.Ramesh, R.Sokkalingam, C.Soundararajan, S.Subapriya and S.Muthukrishnan

Centralized Instrumentation Laboratory, Madras Veterinary College, TANUVAS, Chennai-600 007, Tamil Nadu.

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal April 2019 : 96 (4) - pages 58 to 59
(Received: November, 2018, Accepted: December, 2018)


A total number of six rabbits raised on the backyard as pets by private owner at Chennai with a history of intense itching and alopecia in the facial region was referred by SPCA, Chennai for clinical diagnosis and treatment. A thorough clinical investigation was carried out on these ailing rabbits. Microscopic examination of skin scrapings collected from the lesions revealed the presence of Sarcoptes scabiei. The ailing rabbits which were treated with ivermectin and benzyl benzoate showed marked improvement in their lesions and the rabbits became normal and active after eight weeks post treatment.

Key Words: Rabbit, Sarcoptes scabiei, control

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