Cheyletiella Mange – Cheyletiellosis or Walking Dandruff


Posted by ron1945 | Posted in Cheyletiella Mange | Posted on 15-08-2010

Cheyletiella Mange 


Unlike the other mange problems (Demodectic and Sacroptic ), whose infesting mites are microscopic, the Cheyletiella yasguri mite is visible with the naked eye, but hard to find.  Frequent bathing of the dog makes viewing the mites much harder.   The Cheyletiella yasguri mite, like its cousins (Demodex canis and Sarcoptes scabei) cause significant irritation in the dog which the tend to scratch or lick to seek relief.

General symptoms include itching, but there are cases where this may not be present, hair loss in along with a crusty scaly patch around the infected area.  The areas of most prominence are the back, neck and head.  A heavy presence of dandruff (an accumulation of dried, dead skin cells) is visible on the back and head of the dog.  The affected areas are often noted with red bumpy rashes.

Treatment for the dog hair loss problem consists primarily of eradicating the infecting mites for the dog.  This process is usually accomplished with shampoos and dips done on a weekly basis.  These bath or dip treatments will often last for 6 to 8 weeks.   Flea sprays may also be prescribed by your veterinarian.  In addition to the direct treatment of the dog, care should be directed to the hygiene and cleanliness of the dogs living areas, especially the areas where the spend good amounts of lounging our sleeping time–the bedding.  A good residual insecticide can be used to help keep these areas free of the pesky mites.  Isolation from other pets who could either become infected, or cause a re-infestation of your dog is recommended.  <<< Return to Dog Hair Loss Overview

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