Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Turkish Journal of Veterinary and Animal SciencesAn Ectopic Case of Psoroptes cuniculi Infestation in a Pet Rabbit
Mehmet Çağrı KARAKURUM4, Buğrahan Bekir YAĞCI5, Barış SARI6
1Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine,
Afyon Kocatepe University, Afyon - TURKEY
2Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ankara University, 06110, Ankara - TURKEY
3Republic of Turkey Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Board of High Stewards, Ankara - TURKEY
4Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine,
Mehmet Akif Ersoy University, Burdur - TURKEY
5Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Kırıkkale University, Kırıkkale - TURKEY
6Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Kafkas University,
Kars - TURKEY
Abstract: A 2-year-old female New Zealand rabbit was admitted to Ankara University Veterinary Faculty, Department of Internal Medicine. Upon physical examination crustaceous auricular lesions, and erythematous and exudative pruritic skin lesions, both on the ventral abdomen and on extremities were detected. Microscopic examination of skin scrapings taken from pinnae and hair plucked from the ventral abdominal region revealed the presence of Psoroptes cuniculi. The ventral abdominal localization of P. cuniculi was evaluated as an ectopic infestation. Despite the injection of ivermectin 400 µg/kg and daily supportive therapy the rabbit died on the fifth day of hospitalization.
Key Words: Ectopic localization, Psoroptes cuniculi, rabbit
Turk. J. Vet. Anim. Sci. 2007; 31: 423-425.
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