Sarcoptic mange in a New Zealand white rabbit
A Ragini, Balagoni Hanuman and Anand VM
A one-year-old female New Zealand white rabbit was presented to Arawali Veterinary College, Bajor, Rajasthan, with the history of severe skin lesions on both ear pinnae, around the eyes, lips, nose, body, limbs and interdigital space from the last 2 months. The clinical examination revealed crusts, scabs, alopecia, pruritus all over the body along with weight loss, anorexia and lethargy. Mange in rabbits is mainly due to infestation of Psoroptes cuniculi, Sarcoptes scabie war cuniculi and rarely due to Notoedres, Cheyletiella species. The skin scrapings were collected from all the lesions, sarcoptic mites were found under microscopic examination. Sarcoptic mange was diagnosed based on the skin lesions and microscopic examination. The rabbit was treated with subcutaneous injection of ivermectin @0.4 mg/kg body weight weekly once for 5 weeks along with chlorpheniramine maleate, multivitamin syrup and benzyl benzoate lotion for 1 week was applied on the skin lesions. Due to the chronicity of the mite infestation the improvement was observed after 20 days and successfully recovered after 35 days of treatment. Skin scrapings were collected on day 35 and showed no evidence of sarcoptic mites.
How to cite this article:
A Ragini, Balagoni Hanuman and Anand VM. Sarcoptic mange in a New Zealand white rabbit. The Pharma Innovation Journal. 2023; 12(9S): 2138-2140.