Exotis ISSN 2398-2985

Ferrets

Ear mites

Synonym(s): Otodectes cynotis infestation

Contributor(s): Cathy Johnson-Delaney, Bev Panto

Introduction

  • Cause: infestation with Otodectes cynotis mite. The mite is transmitted by direct contact with other infested animals.
  • Signs: ear rubbing, pigmentation of the pinnae.
  • Diagnosis: clinical signs, microscopy.
  • Treatment: ivermectin, selamectin, imidaclopid plus moxidectin.

Pathogenesis

Etiology

  • Otodectes cynotis is usually contracted from other ferrets, but can be contracted from dogs or cats in the household, so these pets should be checked and treated accordingly, along with environmental treatment, if infested.

Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Orcutt C & Tater K (2012) Dermatologic Diseases. In: Ferrets, Rabbits and Rodents. Eds: Quesenberry K E & Carpenter J W. 3rd edn. Elsevier Saunders, St Louis, MO, USA. pp 122-131.


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