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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Bunnies & Scabies

 Burrowing Mites: Scabies

Sarcoptes spp. is encountered all over the world, though not with equal frequency. 
Rabbits in northern Europe and England are barely affected by burrowing mites.
In the US it varies from region to region. Burrowing mites present a zoonotic danger;  they can affect dogs, cats, and humans, causing a transient itching dermatosis. 
The burrowing mange Notoedres cati is observed in rare cases.These parasites spread rapidly from one rabbit to another, through nymphs and larvae that lie on the surface of the skin. 

Only the adult female will dig into the skin and make tunnels where it lay up to 5 eggs, with a maximum of 5 for its whole life. The larvae that hatch from those eggs live the first stages of their life in those tunnels. 
Only the adult males and older larvae live on the surface of the skin. 
The complete life cycle from egg to adult lasts about 2 to 3 weeks. This should be taken into account when treating a rabbit.
Sarcoptes scabiei Sarcoptes scabiei
   10 days after ivermectin injection.

Wounds appear first on the lips and nose, later around the head, neck, and sometimes around
the genitalia. Burrowing mites (mange) will lead to heavy scratching by the rabbit, which will
also lick the affected areas. This leads to alopecia (loss of fur). Often one can observe the
secretion of a watery stuff that forms crusts upon drying. Self-mutilation will lead to wounds
and secondary bacterial infection.
Severe infestation leads to anemia and leucopenia (decrease of white cells in the blood). The rabbit becomes lethargic and can die within a few weeks.

Mange is treated with 3 injections of ivermectin, one every 14 days. The environment should be
thoroughly cleaned, as the mite can survive for weeks without the presence of the rabbit host.
Sarcoptes scabieican infest dogs, cats, and humans. Wounds can be treated with benzyl
benzoate every 5th day.
When treating a carpet, vacuum first in order to further penetration of the spray or powder. Shampooing and steam cleaning are not ideal; their residual humidity can increase the mite problem.
During treatment of the environment, rabbits should be kept in another part of the home to avoid
the danger of contact with the products.

Story from Bunny Wonderland
 (Current news as of week of December 1, 2013.)

 Faith and Hope are adjusting well in their recovery home. This pair is amazingly close. We speculate they may be Mother & Son. As Hope is only 3 months old, we have decided to keep this pair together to provide support to each other as they heal. We will monitor their recovery closely and do our best to heal their scabies, their sore hocks, and their wounded hearts.

These photos show how bad their current condition is. Our hearts wrenched when we see them
in this shape. We truly hope more people realize how dangerous it is to leave small infection untreated and worse, throw them outdoor and let them suffer. These rabbits will end up going through a slow painful death. If you truly want an animal, please be responsible and keep them healthy. If they are sick, bring them to a good vet. We can't help wonder what was their owner thinking.. It's amazing how cruel this world can be.

Everyone, let's do our part in advocating responsible pet ownership. Educate those who don't know and help those who need help. Let's make this world a better place for our future. This world can seriously use a little more heart.

Today, we brought Hope & Faith to the vet for a medical checkup. The two rabbits are confirmed to have a severe scabies infection that requires at least 4 courses of weekly ivomectin injections.

Dec 2 2013 - Faith & Hope Rescue Mission
Faith & Hope had their second round of ivermectin injection today. It's only been 8 days and
look at how beautiful they are recovering!

Scabies is easy to treat and the medical cost is relatively l...ow. Please don't give up on them just because they got some mites. Keep your rabbits indoor or protect them using mite control (revolution) to prevent creepies from getting near!

Three cheers for Faith & Hope!
Hip hip Hooray!
Hip hip Hooray!
Hip hip Hooray!

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