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Neem seed extract shampoo, Wash Away Louse®, an effective plant agent against Sarcoptes scabiei mites infesting dogs in Egypt

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In the present study, the efficacy of water-free neem seed extract shampoo Wash Away Louse®, provided by Alpha-Biocare GmbH, Düsseldorf (Germany), was investigated against Sarcoptes scabiei infesting dogs in Egypt. Ten naturally infested dogs were collected from different areas in the Nile delta. The occurrence of lesions, hair loss, and skin inflammation were regarded as signs of infestation and proved by detection of adult parasites and their developmental stages in scrapings of infested lesions. Adequate amount of the provided shampoo was applied topically and spread on the infested areas daily for 14 successive days. Scraping examinations were used to follow up the healing process. At day 7 of application, four dogs were completely free of mites as was proven by the disappearance of adults and/or any developmental stages of mites. The remaining six dogs showed a clear decrease in mite counts. By the end of the treatment (after 14 days), only a small number of mites were found in two dogs, while eight dogs were completely cured as was proven by mite counts and disappearance of clinical signs. No remarkable signs of side effects or adverse reactions were observed throughout the study.

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This work was supported by the Center of Excellence for Biodiversity Research, College of Science, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia.

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Abdel-Ghaffar, F., Al-Quraishy, S., Sobhy, H. et al. Neem seed extract shampoo, Wash Away Louse®, an effective plant agent against Sarcoptes scabiei mites infesting dogs in Egypt. Parasitol Res 104, 145–148 (2008).

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