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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-15-2008, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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please help my rats

i have 7 rats, 3 boy and 4 girls. the 3 boys have got mites i was wondering if anyone could help me out in the killing of these little pests that have seem to be making a new life on our rats. i need to know what to use to clear the poor rats that have turned in to a walking bug lunch. i would also like any info on if i need to clear the house and their cage of them and how to do that. please help my boys
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-15-2008, 07:54 PM
 
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I don't have rats but I found a home remedy for mites on hamsterific.com . I used it on my mice a while ago and it worked very well. you spray everything in their cage and I would take a paper towel and get it really wet with the solution and rub down my mice with it. Within 2 days their fur was growing back. Hope that helps!!
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The best thing to do would be to take them to the vet. They can give you ivermectin for the mites and tell you what to use to clean the cages. I remember when my guinea pig had mites, I used papertowels in the cage and changed them everytime I gave him the ivermectin. Seems like I used very diluted pine sol to clean the cage, but I don't remember. It's been a few years.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-17-2008, 08:49 AM
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I agree with lilchris. You need baths, ivermectin, and completely clearing out all bedding, fabric etc in the cages as well as wood or anything else porous. Then clean cages in a mild bleach solution, rinse well and keep on something simple that's easy to change often like papertowels or newspaper. Then in the future if your have wood blocks or wood shavings or anything like that in the cage, freeze it before using it to prevent future outbreaks.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-17-2008, 07:34 PM
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i wouldn't bother with ivermectin...just order a tube of revolution and wash the cage and everything in it with a mild bleach solution.

revolution is topical so you don't have to worry about the rat taking the meds orally and you don't have to worry with weekly injections.

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Revolution is the way to go. I got it from my vet when my rats had lice.

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Revolution is also prescription only in the US, so you'll have to get it from a vet. Ivermectin is not, but you also generally have to buy it in larger quantities.

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I want to know what you are using as ivermection because as far as I know it's prescription only

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Ivermectin is available over the counter, but it's typically sold for livestock. It's available in both a paste, injectible, and pour-on form. (The injectible should NOT be injected, but should be given topically or orally)

http://www.guinealynx.info/ivermectin.html

It's most typically available from "feed stores" which specialize in supplies for horses, cattle, sheep, etc.

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