The mere thought of it may make you cringe but as a dog owner you must know the following: cheyletiella is the fancy word for parasitic mites which infest and can cause skin disease in your dog or cat. Furthermore, they could be transmitted from your pet to you, resulting in an itchy rash.
While the mites are quite large and live on the skin service, their eggs typically get attached to hair shafts. While a mite’s lifecycle lasts for about 21 – 35 days on the animal, it could last in humans from 2 – 14 days.
How can you tell if your dog has cheyletiella? There is usually severe dandruff formation. And if you think it’s moving, you’re not alone. Large numbers of small white mites actually moving on the skin create an appearance of “walking dandruff”. Add to this inflammation of the skin, itchiness, and small swelling spots, and you’ve got a visit to the vet.
The vet will likely take skin scrapings, combings, and take samples on sticky tape, and once diagnosed, a variety of medical preparations can be used to treat mites which include special shampoos (applied once a week for up to five weeks), dips in pyrethrin or lime sulphur, or injections of ivermectin. While your vet is responsible for the medical prescriptions, as a responsible dog owner you can take control of the environment by vacuuming regularly and using an environmental flea control spray.
At The Dog Bowl, nothing is more important than your pets’ health and well being, as well as yours. For more information about mites, call us at 713-529-0334 or toll-free at 1-877-4RAW-DOG.