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    Default Baby chipmunk with mange

    The outdoor chipmunk that lives by my porch and comes to my window for snacks has 2 babies and they just started running around. One of them is half bald, with what looks like mange to me. The back of his body has the grayish thickened skin and no hair. He(it?) is super active and running around quite a bit. I tried to lace a nut and a banana with Ivermectin (which I have bc of my dog and I did dilute it after complex calculations to figure the right dose), however, since there are three of them, I have no way of knowing if he actually ate the medicine. I tried again today to feed him specifically, and I failed, because the mom kept showing up and trying to eat the laced raspberry.

    I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how to make sure he eats the medicine? I am thinking about getting a Havahart trap from Lowes tomorrow, in hopes I can catch him, feed him and release him. Thoughts? I just don't think he is going to make it without some intervention and it looks like even a single dose could be beneficial.

    My second question is: there seems to be conflicting info online as to how often to dose him, some sources say once a week is enough, others suggest every few days...

    Any suggestions would be greatly welcome.

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    Default Re: Baby chipmunk with mange

    Make sure your dosing is accurate because an incorrect dose for a 20-30g baby chipmunk could easily be lethal. Oral ivermectin should be given every ~7 days or so, not more often. The first dose should kill all adult mites but ivermectin will not kill the mite eggs so the second dose 7 days later will take care of newly hatched mites. A third and final dose can be given following another 7 days just to be sure all mites have been killed.

    I would just continue to try and feed him a dosed treat while keeping a bunch of clean treats on hand to try and distract the mom and other sibling.


    Quote Originally Posted by botanica37 View Post
    The outdoor chipmunk that lives by my porch and comes to my window for snacks has 2 babies and they just started running around. One of them is half bald, with what looks like mange to me. The back of his body has the grayish thickened skin and no hair. He(it?) is super active and running around quite a bit. I tried to lace a nut and a banana with Ivermectin (which I have bc of my dog and I did dilute it after complex calculations to figure the right dose), however, since there are three of them, I have no way of knowing if he actually ate the medicine. I tried again today to feed him specifically, and I failed, because the mom kept showing up and trying to eat the laced raspberry.

    I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how to make sure he eats the medicine? I am thinking about getting a Havahart trap from Lowes tomorrow, in hopes I can catch him, feed him and release him. Thoughts? I just don't think he is going to make it without some intervention and it looks like even a single dose could be beneficial.

    My second question is: there seems to be conflicting info online as to how often to dose him, some sources say once a week is enough, others suggest every few days...

    Any suggestions would be greatly welcome.
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