Mite Infestation in Hamsters

Treatment

 

As with other cases of ectoparasitic infestation, mite infestation is treated by topical application of mite-killing medicated dusts and sprays. Shampoos that contain selenium sulfide or ointments that contain the medicine amitraz may be used for this purpose. Meanwhile, Ivermectin is the drug of choice for treating cases of ear mite, nose mite, or tropical rat mite infestation.

 

Living and Management

 

Establish a drug regimen with your veterinarian and bring it in regularly for follow-up exams. In addition, clean and disinfect the hamster's cage and lay out fresh bedding material before placing the hamster back into its cage. There may still be mite eggs and nits that may cause reinfestation.

 

Prevention

 

The best way to prevent mite infestation is by providing a clean, stress-free living area for your hamster. Proper care and nutrition will also lower the risk of mite infestation.