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    Demodex Dog Mites

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    It is thought that a dog's skin and coat is an indicator of the dogs general health. However Dog Mites (or Demodex canis) can be found in practically all dogs. The clinical symptoms of demodicosis can take form as problems with the animal's general resistance and his immune system. Dog mites are not typically common amongst healthy, and strong dogs. the tiny parasites can cause itches, sores and even infection.

     

     

    What are the Symptoms of Dog Mites?

    Your dog will have itchy skin causing hair loss and redness of the skin. There is also a possibility that the dog will have baldness on the face ankles (hocks) and lower back, and you may find that younger dogs have pimples.

     

    Different types of Dog skin Mites

    There are three different types of skin mites; demodex canis mites, sarcoptic scabei mites and cheyletiella mites.

    Demodex Mites - This type of mites are non-contagious and are often found in younger dogs more so than older dogs. These mites can burrow into deeper layers of the dog and make the skin appear hard and as a result give the dog balding mainly on the face or ankles.

    Sarcoptic Scabei Mites - Unlike demodex mites these type of mites are highly contagious to other animals or even humans. This type of mites make the dog very itchy and due to the dogs itchy can make the skin break and this in turn may cause infections, a further worry.

    Cheyletiella Mites - Also known as walking dandruff, this mite tends to affect puppies usually under 8 months old. You dog will have flaking skin in different parts of the body, it may look like dandruff hence why this mite is also known as walking dandruff.

     

    Another type of Mite to look out for are ear mites, if these mites are not treated then they can cause the dog perminent hearing loss and bleeding in the ears. You will know your dog has ear mites as your dog will be itchy in it's ear, will shake thier head and will produce blood or a dark substance from thier ear canal.

     

    How to prevent Dog Mites? 

    As we mentioned above, prevention of Demodex dog mites essentially means to maintain the animal’s good condition. Doing so should secure the dog from dog mites. Give him vitamins, immune strengtheners and feed him according to his age and health status.



    Treatment
    Treatment of dog mites is usually given in a special shampoo that needs to be applied in order to kill the mites off. However, for stubborn mites which have resisted against special shampoo's to remove them, it is sensible to invest in ivermectin which can be used orally or through injections.

     

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