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Ocimum sanctum Oil Treatment for Natural Psoroptes cuniculi Infestation in Rabbits

N. Jeyathilakan, S.T. Bino Sundar, A. Sangaran and Bhaskaran Ravi Latha

Department of Veterinary Parasitology, Madras Veterinary College, TANUVAS, Madhavaram Milk Colony, Chennai – 600051, Tamil Nadu

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal March 2020: 97 (3) - pages 55 to 56
(Received: July, 2019, Accepted: November, 2019)


Ocimum sanctum oil (Tulsi oil) used for treatment of New Zealand white rabbits naturally infested with Psoroptes cuniculi and compared with ivermectin based on the healing of wound and hair growth. Complete healing of infested ears was noticed in rabbits treated with tulsi oil and ivermectin, but healing was most rapid in tulsi oil treated rabbits than those treated with ivermectin. The crusts in the ear disappeared within one week and regrowth of hair was noticed in tulsi oil treated rabbits. In ivermectin treated rabbits, lesions persisted after one week of treatment and hair growth was also delayed

Key Words: Ocimum sanctum oil, Psoroptes cuniculi, ivermectin, rabbits

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