MSPTM 2019 Annual Scientific Conference
13 - 14 March 2019
InterContinental Kuala Lumpur

Abstract

Title

A RETROSPECTIVE STUDY ON THE BODY AND EAR MITES IN PET FERRET (MUSTELA PUTORIUS) IN THE KLANG VALLEY, SELANGOR FROM 2015-2017

Type
Oral Presentation
Theme
Scaling Up Efforts in Tropical Disease and Vector Control through Evidence-Based Research
Topic
Veterinary Parasitology

Authors

Main Author
Vellayan Subramaniam1
Presenting Author
Vellayan Subramaniam1
Co-Author
Anis Adnan1

Authors' Institution

Department / Institution / Country
Faculty of Pharmacy / Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Puncak Alam, Selangor / Malaysia1
Content
Abstract Content

Domestic ferret (Mustela putorius furo) is an exotic pet from Western or Eastern European. It has become a very popular pet in Malaysia since 1990. Ferrets can acquire mites from dogs and cats, especially when they live together in the same house. This study was done to identify the species of mites present in ferret in the Klang Valley, Selangor. Otodectes cynotis is a mite that usually infests the skin of the outer ear canal. This mite causes chronic irritation and secondary bacterial and yeast infections. Sarcoptes sp. can infest the ferret but it is very rare to occur. The infected ferret will experience intense pruritus, pain, inflammation from scratching and biting. The mites were collected from the ferrets by swabbing both ear canal with cotton bud containing glycerine and as for mites from the body, the fur was brushed with a toothbrush onto a white paper. The mites collected from the cotton bud and white paper were then smeared on microscopic slides containing glycerine and covered with a cover slip. The fixing and mounting of the mites was made before the identification at 4x and 10x magnification. Mites sample were preserved in 70% alcohol and for identification, a single mite was placed on slide containing Hoyer’s medium, covered with coverslip and left to air dry for two days. The slides were then examined under 4x and 10x magnification. The identification was done at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Universiti Teknologi Mara Selangor. The identification was done by looking at the morphology of the mites. From this study, it was identified that the species of mites found on ferrets in the Klang Valley, Selangor was Otodectes cynotis.

 

Keywords: Ferret; Mites; Otodectes cynotis; intense pruritus; Scratching; Biting
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