Help! Rabbit Mites - How to treat?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Chickenmaven, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Songster

    Feb 6, 2009
    My daughter found "red bugs" on the chest of her French Angora. I held him & brushed him and found nothing. She has better eyesight than I do, so I am going with her take on things.

    What treatment options do we have? The web has been little help. [​IMG]

  2. RabbitMage

    RabbitMage Songster

    Mar 27, 2009
    Ivermectic dewormer is usually the choice for treating parasites on rabbits. You can either give a very small (pea-size or less) amount of an ivermectin horse dewormer, or use the ivermectin sold for cattle/swine. We take the latter route and apply it topically between the shoulderblades. We don't do it on a schedule, but if a single rabbit shows signs of mites we'll put it on everyone. If I remember correctly (please double check on this) the injectable can be given topically, orally, or injected sub-Q. You can also use the pour-on formula, but only topically.

    I believe the dose is .5 cc for ten pounds of rabbit. Our little 4 pound Tans get about a quarter of a CC each.
  3. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

    Nov 27, 2009
    Wilmington, NC
    I agree with RabbitMage, Ivermectin in my #1 choice too. Mites usually show up on the head or shoulders; is your rabbit's fur thin or patchy in either of those areas?
  4. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Songster

    Feb 6, 2009
    No patchy spots at all. We have seen some yucky photos on the net. Our buck still looks so handsome. I will follow up on Ivermectin. Sounds appropriate.

    Thanks! [​IMG]
  5. IcarusSomnio

    IcarusSomnio Songster

    Apr 27, 2010
    Vernon County, MO
    Quote:I second that! I've bred rabbits for a few years now and worm twice yearly with Ivermectin. I hate to do it-our yard has fleas like mad-but I usually wait until their at least 3-4 months old before doing any worming.

    I bought an Angora doe, in the heat of summer, in a full coat, double bred (literally, she was carrying two litters at once), with ear mites, fur mites, hock sores, wool block, and weight problems. Three years old.
    And she hates other rabbits.

    She's a 'pet bunny' now [​IMG] all healed up and 100% mite free! Wool block is touch and go...she does better some days than on others. Loads of fiber is helping though. She's a trooper.

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