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    How To Get Rid Of Your Parrot's Mites

    ArticleParrot AdviceFriday 25 February 2011
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    Unfortunately mites are a common cause of parasitic disease in parrots. The two types of mites parrots can be come infected with are burrowing mites, which produce thick lesions by burrowing in the face beak and legs; and blood-sucking mites, which do just that, resulting in anaemia and itchy skin. If mites are left untreated your parrot could end up disfigured for life.

    Firstly you need to move your parrot to a new cage, in a new part of the house, and give it all new perches, feeding equipment and toys.

    Clean the old cage and equipment thoroughly. Wear rubber gloves and make sure everything is completely and utterly disinfected.

    Take your parrot to the vet to find out the exact sort of mites it has.

    Ask your vet for ivermectin, an anti-parasitic medication which can be applied either topically or orally.

    Apply paraffin oil to the lesions caused by burrowing mites. Make sure it doesn’t get near the eyes, as this can blind the parrot.

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