Journal of Parasitic Diseases

, Volume 43, Issue 4, pp 733–736 | Cite as

Treatment of Sarcoptic mange infestation in rabbits with long acting injectable ivermectin

  • Khan SharunEmail author
  • Satheesh Anjana
  • Syed Aboobacker Sidhique
  • Shaji Panikkassery
Short Communication


Sarcoptic mange infestation is one of the major constrains in commercial rabbit rearing due to their ability to produce negative impact on the growth rates and feed conversion efficiency. Ten adult rabbits presented with the history of anorexia, pruritis and crusty lesion in ear, face and legs were selected for the study. Skin scraping examination revealed presence of Sarcoptes scabiei. The subcutaneous administration of single dose long acting injectable Ivermectin (3.15% w/v) formulation at a dose rate of 700 mcg/kg body weight was found to be safe, effective and less time consuming for the management of Sarcoptic mange in naturally infested rabbits. The skin scrapings collected from all the rabbits under study on days 14 and 28 were negative on both instances indicating rapid elimination of S. scabiei with a single dose of long acting ivermectin. No relapse of infestation was observed in any of the rabbits under treatment during the 6 month observation period following the treatment.


Sarcoptic mange Rabbit Ivermectin Long acting 


Author contributions

KS: Conceived and designed the analysis, collected the data, performed the analysis, and written the manuscript. SA: Collected the data, performed the analysis. SAS: Conceived and designed the analysis, collected the data. SP: Conceived and designed the analysis.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

The study was conducted in clinical cases of Sarcoptes scabiei infestation in rabbits presented to Veterinary Polyclinic, Mannarkkad, Palakkad and does not require any permission from animal ethics committee. All protocols followed were as per the guidelines from the standard textbooks in Veterinary Medicine and were ethical.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of SurgeryICAR-Indian Veterinary Research InstituteIzatnagar, BareillyIndia
  2. 2.Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology, College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, PookodeKerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences UniversityWayanad, KeralaIndia
  3. 3.Veterinary Polyclinic, Mannarkkad, PalakkadAnimal Husbandry DepartmentKeralaIndia

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