Rats are usually affected by parasitic skin diseases like mange , fleas and lice . Ear mange can cause severe dermatitis and needs special treatment which as usual , should be provided by a licensed veterinarian .
Ringworm might be seen in rats, and can cause disease in humans too . Diagnosis is made by culture of skin crusts and hairs . Treatment should be implemented by a veterinarian upon identification of species .
Fleas and lice can also affect rats and treatment includes use of topical , systemic antiparasitic drugs , and environmental measures .

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