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Ear Mites
« on: January 22, 2015, 11:25:35 am »

Ear mites (Otodectes cynotis for cats and dogs) (Psoroptes for rabbits) are tiny creatures that live in your rabbits ears. They live there because it nice and warm with plenty of moisture and food.
In rabbits the ear mite can cause the ear to become crusted and infected and becomes really bad. So don't let ear mites go untreated. Usually the rabbit will begin to shake its head and scratch at its ear. These are the first signs of ear mites.
A topical treatment with selamectin can be effective.
Tea Tree Oil works really well but it must be diluted or it will burn(cause pain) the rabbits ear. Dilute Tea Tree Oil with olive oil or witch hazel about 1:10. Shake frequently if you use witch hazel.
I have found that Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the ear will quickly kill the mites and the oil is harmless to the rabbit. If you put too much oil in the ear the rabbit may lick at the oil and get some loose stool from it. The olive oil must be reapplied every 3 days and treated at least 3 times or the mites will grow back from eggs that were not killed by the oil. 
Ken Nipper
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