"Walking Dandruff" Treatment In Rabbits

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by PoultryPower, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. PoultryPower

    PoultryPower Songster

    Mar 16, 2012
    I have one Mini Lop buck with a bad case of "Walking Dandruff". I have been treating him with Ivomec injection for cattle and swine. I've been giving it to him topically between his shoulder blades, but it hasn't seemed to clear up. Is giving it to him orally better than topically? The poor guy is so itchy, I rubbed some oil onto his back today to try and suffocate the mites and give him some relief. I've also been treating the surrounding area with DE. Has anyone found DE to work on mites? I appreciate any suggests on how you treated mites in your herd. Thank you.

  2. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

    Nov 27, 2009
    Wilmington, NC
    I've never tried it, but I don't know just how effective DE would be on something as small as mites. If you want to go for mechanical types of control, I'd think oils/petroleum jelly would be a far better bet.

    I've been told that rabbits absorb ivermectin very well through the digestive system, so giving the Ivomec orally should be just as effective as giving it by injection. Just for those who may be reading this kind of thing for the first time - while you can give injectable ivermectin safely by mouth, forms that are intended to be taken my mouth (like horse wormer) should never be injected!

    A mild case of mites might get cleared up with just one dose, but a repeat dose 10 - 14 days later is what I've seen recommended. I've seen cases that required more than 2 doses, too.

    Hope you see improvement quickly for your buck!
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2013
  3. aprille218

    aprille218 Songster

    May 1, 2009
    northern MN
    Is your rabbit housed in a all wire cage or is some of it wood? You need to clean out the cage very well and the surrounding area/ dishes etc. Also if your rabbit is close to others or come in contact with any other mammal (other than you) they need to be treated also.
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    "walking dandruff" is caused by Cheyletiella mites. While Ivermectin will work for mites, it has in some instances not worked well, and repeated use can lead to resistant parasites. Any dog or cat flea sprayn or powder that is labeled for use on kittens will be safe for your rabbits, and should clear the parasites. Treat all the rabbits, whether you see mites or not. You should also clean out the coop, washing it and after it is dried spraying the inside as well.

    Last edited: Feb 27, 2013

  5. PoultryPower

    PoultryPower Songster

    Mar 16, 2012
    I just came inside from washing his hutch and bleaching the ground it was on. I bought an all natural flea and tick spray that kills and repels (it even kills bedbugs!) and used that to help clean the cages and treat my pregnant and nursing does. I think I'm on my way out of this mess. The buck is looking better. I had to wash the oil off him, but thankfully it's a warm sunny day here and he's actually looking for shade to sit in. I'm going back out to clean out the rest of the cages. After this, it's a waiting game to see if the mites come back. Thanks for all the suggestion, if you have anymore, keep em coming. :)

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