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Posted by patricia sherman on May 10, 2003 at 04:32:08:
In Reply to: Anyone had problems with ringworm in rats? A few questions. posted by Sonya on May 09, 2003 at 10:45:51:
The ringworm will glow under black-light, but I think not the incandescent type, you need a flourescent black-light.
If your rats have it, they should be showing obvious patches of hairloss, especially around the face and legs. As has already been stated, it sounds like the shop may be the place where the problem is originating.
You can treat the ringworm most effectively by injecting the rats with ivermectin. Two treatments with a ten-day interval would probably work. Three treatments to be certain. This also works well to clear up lice, and is far easier than trying to dose them orally or to cure a problem by using medicated shampoos. BTW, rats are generally not hard to bathe, if that's what you choose to do.
Don't use treated animals as feeders until at least 14 days after the last treatment.