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Ferrets

Sarcoptic mange

Introduction

  • Cause: infestation with Sarcoptes scabiei mites.
  • Signs: pruritus, alopecia, skin lesions; secondary dermatitis.
  • Diagnosis: skin scrapings, microscopic examination.
  • Treatment: ivermectin.
  • Prognosis: good.
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Pathogenesis

Etiology

  • Infestation with Sarcoptes scabiei mites.
  • Dogs usually act as the source of contagion of ferrets, but also wildlife such as foxes.
  • Mites burrow in tunnels in the skin, particularly in areas which are poorly furred such as in endocrine alopecia.

Epidemiology

  • Rare in ferrets housed indoors.
  • Ferret living outdoors or working ferrets may be more prone to the disease.

Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Prevention

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Fox J G & Marini R P (2014) Biology and Diseases of the Ferret. 3rd edn. Wiley Blackwell, USA. pp 835.
  • Lewington J H (2007) Ferret Husbandry, Medicine and Surgery. 2nd edn. Saunders, USA. pp 521.


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