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Feb 13, 2020
Portland, OR
My daughter has 2 rats and she recently noticed black dots through the fur of one of them. She thought maybe it was fleas or something so she used a flea comb. After a few strokes with the comb the rat squeaked and it looked like there were a couple of drops of blood on the skin. Can anyone look at the attached images and give me an idea of what this might be?




Senior Member
Jul 24, 2007
Victoria BC
Looks like mites (or possibly lice). You need to treat them both.
For either you'll need medication you can get from a vet This goes on the skin and is what most people use.
Personally, I've Always (for 20 yrs) used Panomec (Ivermectin) which you can get in a tube from a feed store, because it will last til the due date to be used many times and doesn't require a vet exam cost. I've never had a ratty have any bad reaction to it.. If you use it you MUST mix the whole tube Really well in another container (use a small airtight screw-top container) and feed each critter a dose the size of an uncooked grain of rice once a week for 3 weeks. If you use it again in future, mix it Really well again before using.

If it's mites you'll also need to wash their cage & everything in it, and everything they've been on. Metal, plastic & fabrics can be washed; wooden & porous things can go in freezer for 3 days.
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