You have heard about mites on dogs but you thought that this can never happen to your dog because you take a lot of care with your dog’s grooming, your dog is always very clean and stays away from dirty areas. But you may still be surprised to find mites on dogs.
Mites are some external parasites that infest your dog’s skin. Many types of mites are minute in size that they cannot be seen with naked eyes. However, a dog suffering from mite infestation will show painful reactions.
Mites on dogs burrow into the skin and irritate the flesh, causing open wounds and infections from scratching. The main signs that indicate the presence of the mites on your dogs are itching, red and irritated areas on your dog’s skin, pawing or scratching ears, shaking head, and inflamed ear canal.
If you think your dog has a mite infection, you must take him to the vet as soon as possible. He will take a sample from the affected areas and will carefully study it under a microscope. If your dog has the problem that you suspect, your vet will be able to detect any such infestation.
How To Treat Mites on Dogs
A mite infection can be treated. I know it isn’t easy to see your dog suffering but always think that if you follow the right steps, your dog can get better very soon.
The vet will prescribe the treatment depending on the type of mite infestation. He may recommend specific shampoos, medicated creams, dips, powders, or lotions. Oral and injectable medication may be an option too. Additionally, if you have other pets, it is important to check if they, too, are infested with mites. If so, offering timely treatment is recommended. Or you should take steps to prevent them from mites. You will need to disinfect your dog’s environment, toys, crate, bedding, grooming equipment, leashes, and everything else that your dog comes in touch with.
First, you must know that a healthy dog can ward off any mite attack. A healthy diet, fresh water, and a stress-free environment can help. Proper grooming might help you detect any mite infestation on time. Another important point is to avoid your pet’s contact with street dogs or other animals with fur, because you never know what diseases they can transmit.
Did you ever have this problem with your dog or another pet in your house? How did you manage the situation?