Sarcoptic and other mange

In exotics

Home care notes for sarcoptic and other mange mites

Three aspects to consider

The animal

This consists typically of 2 injections of ivermectin at 3-week intervals. The vet may also add in some cortisone to help reduce itch levels while the ivermectin begins to work

Some vets will also use topical products such as ivermectin and selomectin - Revolution

In Contact Animals

If you have other companion animals sharing the same cage / hutch then be sure to check that they to do not have any skin lesions. If lesions are present (even if mild) it is essential to treat them early in synchronicity with the treatment of your pet

Failing to do so may result in relapse / failure in the primary animal

Always ensure that newly introduced animals are clear of infestation. You may want to quarantine them for 1-2 weeks before introducing them to existing pets

The environment

Just as important as treating the animals is treating their environment. This is usually where in infestation arose

Clean out the housing completely of old bedding. Throw this away

If you have a bale of straw / hay that you have been using, it's a good idea to dispose of this and to buy in new. This is a common source of infestation as mice especially may shed into the material while still on the farm

Spray the empty hutch with a good insecticide such as Permoxin™ spray (available at this surgery). Leave in situ for 2 hours
Rinse the cage clear THEN reintroduce the animals

Following this procedure you will see an effective, rapid and permanent response to treatment