How to Kill Rabbit Mites

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How to Kill Rabbit Mites
Rabbit mites can be eliminated with a few different medications. (Rabbit image by veseliysyslik from Fotolia.com)

Rabbit fur mites should be eliminated immediately for the sake of your bunny's comfort. Also known as "walking dandruff," the rabbit fur mite can cause itching and hair loss among rabbits. In addition, the mite can spread to humans and other animals. Once your veterinarian confirms the infestation by taking skin scrapings, he will likely prescribe a course of treatment for the rabbit.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Ivermectin
  • Selamectin
  • Vacuum
  • Insecticide spray

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Administer ivermectin to the rabbit. This medication is administered either orally or under the skin once every 10 to 14 days until the rabbit has received three treatments. The amount to give depends on the rabbit's weight.

  2. 2

    Apply selamectin to the area between the shoulder blades. The kitten dose of selamectin is typically what is used to treat rabbits. Apply the product to the rabbit once a month until it has received three doses. Because the dose is usually so small, your veterinarian is likely to give you a small syringe without a needle so that you can measure out the dose then apply it to the rabbit.

  3. 3

    Treat the environment, as rabbit mites can live off their host and survive in your home. Vacuum all carpets and rugs in your home, and then apply an insecticide spray or fogger to the area. In addition, wash all bedding the rabbit has come in contact with. Remove all animals, including the rabbit, from the environment during this treatment, as the products could be toxic to them. Avoid steam cleaning and shampooing carpets and rugs to treat the mites, as the humidity the processes create can actually increase the mite problem.

Tips and warnings

  • Always wash your hands after handling an infected rabbit.
  • Watch for signs of mite infestation on your other pets, as the mites can affect dogs and cats, as well.

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