Here we are talking about a commonly found skin condition in dogs, rabbits as well as cats named as Cheyletiella Mite which is considered to be a highly contagious skin disease. Some people call it by the name of walking dandruff and it is generally observed to occur due to tiny whitish mites that usually crawl over the skin of your dog.
Cheyletiella mites were first observed in year 1878 and till now it has been found in so many pets throughout the world. The general cases were reported in cats, dogs, badgers, fox and slowly it started affecting human beings also; it probably exists in many other wild animals too. These mites usually lead to moderate irritation but observations say that this infestation can go to very higher level in case of young animals. If your dog has an immature immune system then he will suffer more trouble with Cheyletiella mites.
Here are few types and symptoms associated with Cheyletiella Mite:
- Generally a small skin mite can be found on the skin of your dog if you observe him closely.
- When a dog is infected with walking dandruff there is some amount of skin irritation.
- Sometimes lesions are found on back.
- The mite is often confused for dandruff or skin flakes on hair surface.
- Dogs affected with Cheyletiella Mite usually face visible skin scaling issues.
- Excessive scratching can be present in affected dogs.
Causes of Cheyletiella Mite:
Some of the general causes behind development of all above symptoms is exposure and contact with other animals in the dog’s surroundings. Exposure to other dog in a grooming center, doggy day care of dog boarding facility as improper animal shelters can also cause Cheyletiella mite issues.
Diagnosis or treatment:
If any of the above symptoms is present in your pet then you need to see your vet as soon as possible because your dog may need expert care with proper treatment. In order to judge the symptoms of this disease, veterinarians generally take samples from the skin of dog as well as some analysis is done on his hair. In some cases where mites are not visible with naked eyes, they will prefer to use magnifying lenses to ensure their presence.
The treatment is very straightforward. The dog’s long hair is clipped and several medicated baths are given once a week. Because walking dandruff in dogs can be transmitted to humans, it’s important to disinfect the dog’s bedding and ensure good hand washing. Once your veterinarian is able to identify the problem then he will take very less time to make your dog healthy again.
Cheyletiella sp. (probably C. yasguri, since it came off a dog) by – Own work, CCBY3.0