Dog Parasite: Cheyletiella Mange (Walking Dandruff)
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Cheyletiella mange (also called dog walking dandruff) is caused by a
parasite (Cheyletiella yasguri) that lives on the skin. It can cause
itch in allergic dogs and is referred to as dog dandruff since it looks
like small skin flakes while moving on the dog. This is why it is
walking dandruff. When dogs are thought to have seborrhea, a
veterinarian will first rule out
a case of cheyletiella mites. Most flea control products will also keep
these mites from becoming a problem.
Cheyletiella Mange on Dog Back By: VeterinaryNews
It is often diagnosed among younger dogs that live in a kennel or
shelter where they come in direct contact with other infected dogs.
Outbreaks are the result of nutritional deficiencies, a weakened immune
system or sanitation problems. Cheyletiella is highly contagious.
A mite lives in the top layer of skin for 5 to 6 weeks. Eggs are laid on the hair shafts. Humans can be effected by the same mite that causes problems in dogs, so handle a dog with a suspected case of cheyletiella mange with care.
The Cheyletiella yasguri mite has prominent mouth parts or pincers
By: Joel Mills
Symptoms of walking dandruff are the appearance of flakes on the
coat and sehorrhea sicca scales on the skin, usually along the back.
Itch (pruritis) is an allergic response to the mite, although not all
dogs are allergic or have this symptom. The other major symptom is skin
scaling. Dogs with a darker coat will appear to have more scaling than
one with a white coat.
Skin scrapings are taken from the dog and examined under a microscope.
A vet can easily identify the Cheyletiella mite. Suspected cases
of seborrhea, which is characterized by skin flaking, needs to be
differentiated from cases caused by Cheyletiella mange.
- Lime sulfur dips (over the counter) such as Naturasil (in 5 to 7 day intervals for 3 weeks)
- Selamectin based products (Revolution)
- 1 dose every 15 days, 3 doses
- Oral Invermectin - 200 micrograms/kg every week for three weeks, only in dogs that test negative for heartworm (Do not use invermectin based products in collies or collie crosses, Old English Sheppdogs, Shetland Sheepdogs, Australian Shephards, Long-haired Whippets, Silken Windhounds or Skye Terriers due to a strong reaction by this breed)
- Fipronil Spray (Sentry
Spray) one spray per lb of body weight, repeat in 3 weeks
- Amitraz dip (by prescription, used every 2 weeks for 1 to 2 months
Puppies that are too young for other products are usually treated with a lime-sulfur dip. All pets in a household should be treated.
Be sure to thoroughly clean the dog's environment. Wash all bedding and vacuum.
Humans and Cheyletiella Manage
People can suffer from mild skin irritation leading to the appearance of raised red bumps on the skins. Cheyletiella in people most frequently occurs on the legs and arms.
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