Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Tycho Base, Luna
Ive been thinking about your situation, and have a couple of suggestions.
First, I think you should take the worst affected of your animals to a qualified vet. Several types of skin maladies can look like mites, this way you can be sure of what you are treating for.
If it IS mites, just use whatever he prescribes on all of your animals. DE is a safe alternative, but he may suggest something like Ivermectin. I have been informed by one of our vets that many mites may now be resistant to it, the vet can advise you on this.
Second, if you are resolved to treat at home, without advice from a vet, ...Revolution (selamectin) is another treatment that has shown to be effective on rodents. You usually have to get it at a vet's office, and it is going to be somewhat complicated to administer in the dosages required. I believe that is it around 6mg per pound of animal (it will say on the package). This means you'll need an exact weight for each of your animals, and will have to compute the correct dosage. I'd use a scale graduated as fine as possible. A digital cooking scale might be an inexpesive option.
The good thing, is that because your dosages will be so low, you might be able to treat all your animals with just a few tubes of the liquid.
For an applicator, I'd recommend using an insulin syringe (take off the needle) for application ...it will be accurate in the small dosages you'll be dealing with.
I would not recommend Frontline, as it can be fatal to rodents if they ingest any of it.
As you can imagine, this is going to be one of the more difficult solutions. What's more, it will only be effective on the mites which are currently residing on the animals. A complete bedding replacement and cage cleaning is necessary ...as with any treatment.
I understand where you are coming from, ...not wanting to take a dozen animals to the vet. At some point, many (if not all) of us that keep small animals come to the place where we have to decide whether to take a $10 animal in for a $50 vet visit. I think that is one one the burdens of pet ownership. Either you are committed to the animal or not... Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and do it.
One other thing to consider... If you do have mites, and if you ever take your animals out of their enclosures, you may have mites/eggs in your carpets ...or any other place your animals have been. The longer you wait to deal with this, the worse the problem gets, and the more itching your animals have to endure.
Hoping this helps..
"Cogito Ergo Zoom"
I think, therefore I drive fast.
Last edited by Mygala; 07-30-2005 at 07:45 AM.