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Hamster Ear Mites / Hamster Ear Mange
Author: Nadia Vella
Source: www.hamster-club.com

Hamster MangeHamster Ear Mites / Ear Mange are called Notoedres. These mites live around the hamster's ears but can also be present around the hamster's face and / or on the hamsterís feet.
These hamster ear mites multiply around the infected hamsterís ears and the hamster becomes allergic to these mites and starts itching itself. The hamsterís skin will become crusty, darkened and the hamster may also develop deep injuries around the head region due to self-mutilation.
Treatment of Hamster's Ear Mites / Hamster Ear Mange consists of either Ivermectin injections by the veterinarian or Ivermectin can be administered orally. Ivermectin is administered weekly over several weeks. Creams may be required to rapidly reduce initial itching. The hamsterís cage needs to be cleaned at the time of each weekly treatment to avoid re-contamination of the mites.  For hamster mange, diluted oils can be used cautiously like olive oil, for direct application. Lavender, rosemary, tea tree and garlic oils may also be useful.

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