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The ear mite parasite is called Psoroptes cuniculi.
Ear mites are common in rabbits and other pets. Rabbits can get them from other rabbits and other pets and so forth. The ear mites usually are in the ears but can go on to other places of the body. The ear mites usually will cause a have a build up of crust which is very itchy. The rabbit will start to itch their ears, irritate them and the ears will turn red and could bleed. A common way to notice that your rabbit has ear mites is from prolonged amounts of time itching their ears and shaking their head.
Left untreated, the condition can worsen and cause secondary infections in the ears. The mites can and will eat through their ears.
If you notice that your rabbit may have ear mites, call your veterinarian.
They will likely administer Ivermectin Orally or as an Injection. It will have to be followed up after 2 weeks and possibly again 2 weeks later according to how bad the mites were.
You can also buy Rabbit RX or Cat Ear Mite medication. Follow the directions.
There are home remedies that you could try as well.
In a jar, Mix 3 oz warm water, 3 teaspoons of Honey and a dab of Tea Tree Oil. Apply to the ears of the rabbit. Make sure you hold your rabbit gentle but firmly as they will shake their head. Make sure you get it all in the ear and use a Q-tip to wipe up any access. Massage the ears to make sure it gets into every nook and cranny. Do this once a day for 2 weeks, then every other day for 2 more weeks and at least twice a week for 2 weeks after that.
DO NOT pull the scabs or crust from ears as this may hurt your rabbit and make their ears bleed. It is okay to remove any that is just there that isn't connected to the ear.
Ear Mites (Psoroptes cuniculi) live up to 21 days depending on environmental conditions. The reason why your rabbit would need to be treated for longer is because the treatment will only kill out the adult mites. Once the eggs are hatched and grown then they will die as well since the treatments are still continuing for a few weeks.
MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH:
Hartz Ultraguard Ear mite treatment for Cats
I have had the chance to try Hartz Ultraguard Ear Mite treatment for cats on my Rabbit. When we found out she had ear mites we separated her in another cage from the rest of our rabbits. We then proceeded to use this treatment on her ears. We followed the directions according to the box. Below are pictures of the treatment progress. Even though her ears looked clear after 6 days, we continued the treatment for the remainder of a month just in cage there was eggs left over in her ears. We did the treatment once a day/ 5 drops each ear.
Here are our results:
Keep in mind that the brand does not have to be the same but this is an example of a personal experience. Please use with care. If your rabbit's ears do not get cleared up or is worse than shown, please take your animal to your veterinarian care.
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