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J Vet Med Sci. 1995 Apr;57(2):337-8.

A case report of the management of demodicosis in the golden hamster.

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  • 1Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Faculty of Agriculture, Miyazaki University, Japan.


A 1.6 year-old male golden hamster was presented with alopecia on the back. The animal's physical condition was slightly below normal, and moderate pruritus was observed. Examination of skin scraping revealed mites identified as Demodex sp. Initially, combined therapy using 1% of selenium sulfide shampoo and a topical application of 0.013% amitraz was carried out, although this was not completely successful. Repeated use of 0.017% coumaphos was effective in achieving a complete cure of the alopecia associated with demodicosis. No adverse side effects were recognized during the treatment of this case.

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