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Dandruff mites in dogs

Dandruff mites are parasites that live on the dog's skin. This type of mite is contagious and can be spread between dogs, cats, and rabbits. Humans can also get infected and get small red rashes that itch. Here you will find out more about which symptoms you should keep an eye on and how dandruff mites are treated.
Dandruff mites in dogs

Symptoms in dogs with dandruff mites

It is mainly younger dogs and puppies that are affected, but dogs of all ages can get dandruff mites. If your dog exhibits any of the symptoms below, you may suspect dandruff mites:

  • Itching, can vary in intensity from mild to severe
  • Increased dandruff formation, especially on the dog's back
  • Any signs of skin inflammation
  • A cat or rabbit in the home may have similar symptoms

There are also carriers of dandruff mites who don't show symptoms.

Diagnosis of dandruff mites in dogs

The dog's dandruff mite is of the species Cheyletiella yasguri. At the vet, the dog undergoes a clinical examination. Tape samples or superficial scraping samples are usually taken and examined under a microscope. Sometimes dandruff mites can also be detected using a magnifying glass.

What do dandruff mites look like?

Dandruff mites can be difficult to diagnose. In case of severe infection, you can sometimes see what looks like wandering dandruff.

How do dandruff mites infect dogs?

Dandruff mites are easily transmitted between dogs. The parasite mainly infects dogs, but it can also attack other animals, and even humans can sometimes get red itchy rashes. The parasite feeds on the dog's outer layer of skin. Inflammation occurs, dandruff forms and the animal suffers from itching.

Treatment of dogs with dandruff mites

Dandruff mites are treated with antiparasitic drugs prescribed by a veterinarian. Avoid your dog having contact with other animals during the treatment. One treatment may not be enough, sometimes repeated treatments are required to get rid of the mites. If you have several animals in the same household, it is important that all animals are treated, even if they are not dogs.

Clean-up after dandruff mites

The mites can survive for some time outside the host animal's fur. It is especially important to thoroughly clean the home environment if the dog has been affected by dandruff mites to avoid re-infection. Blankets, pillows, cushions, brushes and soft toys should ideally be washed at a minimum of 60 degrees. And don't forget to clean the car!

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