Mites 

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carrageen
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5/3/2013
carrageen
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We have been treating with ivomec to improve loss of hair from nose and cheeks. Our vet has diagnosed mites. Some improvement has been noted but not a lot. Is there anything else we can try?
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sue c
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5/22/2016
sue c
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carrageen wrote:
We have been treating with ivomec to improve loss of hair from nose and cheeks. Our vet has diagnosed mites. Some improvement has been noted but not a lot. Is there anything else we can try?

Its possible that the mites were misdiagnosed- they look very similar under the microscope but there are 3 types of mites known to affect alpacas., and the most common type- Chorioptic- does nor burrow into skin as the other types do; It remains on surface and still often causes skin irritation, itching, and localized loss of fleece, but it is not really affected by injectable ivermectin. A very effective treatment for Chorioptic mites is fipronyl 0.25% spray.. Best known brand name is Frontline, made by Merial; however theyve discontinued the spray form, so you must look for it online, A generic brand is available toon and is less pricey- just be sure you get the correct strength which is 0.25 % Spray affected areas well- usually this is feet- in between toes, and fetlocks of all 4 feet -and also armpits, under tail, and around ears. Repeat treatment every 20 to 21 days for total of 5 treatments. Also remove all bedding and probably should treat all other pacas in contact with the known affected animal.
edited by sue c on 6/15/2016
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