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    Default My Rat has mites, is there a home remedy?

    My sister came in today to tell me her rat has red spots all over her body. I checked it out, and it's clearly mites, but I don't have to budget to go get medicine for her. Is there a home remedy I can use? I saw something on another website about olive oil, but I wondered if that is effective or if someone had a better treatment.

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    Yeesh, sorry.
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    nix the above suggestions

    do you have 5 to 10 bucks in your budget?

    you can buy what is considered the single dose horse worming paste for that much

    Granted there is enough in this small tube to treat many many rats since you only need a tiny amount

    check rat guide for dosage instructions for ivermectin

    that puppy kitten flea bath & pwder suggestion could be extremely toxic & possibly lethal

    When dealing with poisons, & that is what these chemicals are that kill parasites.... you have to be accurate about how much you give & how you use it or you can cause extreme neurological damage to your pet.

    Take for example the ivermectin.... most commonly used chemical for treatment of parasites but some breeds of dogs will die from it just because of their species being highly sensitive to it. I have one of these dogs... in fact, most shepherds are on this list. It would require the DNA testing to determine whether she is for sure susceptible to a bad reaction to this chemical... I elected to use a different chemical for her flea,tick, mite prevention that is safe rather than risk it. It is more expesive but I knew this going in. Yet another reason why you research your pet before getting it. You never know when you might need that info

    just like with the rats & mites.... a very common thing to deal with since we can expose our rats to mites in one poorly packaged bag of bedding
    Julia

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    i've used ivermectin, cheap for any hardware or something store thaat will sell horse stuff.
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    I think the .21 oz tube runs $6 or something like that
    Julia

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    Is Kitten Revolution effective against mites? I thought I'd read you can use it on rats? (but don't, until someone more experienced answers! As A1 said, it's important to understand what you're doing before using any chemicals on rats!)

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    I use kitten revolution with good results. It is expensive but each dose when given will last almost 2 months.
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    don't forget to dispose of or bleach all of your hammocks and freeze your leftover bedding, or it will all be pointless! good luck.

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    Thanks for the advice, I'll try to get to the feed store tomorrow, I'm sure they'll have it there. I'm not sure where she got them from though, because I use the same bedding for all my pets (I have several others), and none of them are infested, not even the other rat (who resides in another cage).

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    you know, my vet said sometimes rats will carry a few mites or lice or other parasites all their lives, and unless something like stress lowers their resistance, it will never be a problem... that's why my girls came down with a massive infestation of lice after they lost their adoptive-momma-rat to old age. did something stress her out?

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