What are dog mites?
Dog Mites are tiny creatures that live on the hair follicles, they are long and thin a bit like a cigarette and visible through a microscope. It is mites that cause an itchy red skin infection, called manage.
The Demodex mite lives on a certain type of host, Demodex Canis – lives on dogs, Demodex Cati - lives on cats and humans have their own form of the demodex mite.
Most healthy dogs have a small number of demodex mites present on their skin, puppies get an initial small population of mites from their mother soon after birth. A small number of mites can cause your dog no problems,unless they have trouble with their immune system which controls the number of mites.
When the number of mites multiplies to an unacceptable number they cause itching. Your dachshund starts scratching until he damages the skin and this allows bacteria to set up an infection.
The result of this secondary infection is that the skin develops areas of infections which are red, weepy and the hair falls out leaving bare patches this is known as mange. This over time the skin can look like leather.
These dogs are more at risk of demodex mange
Unfortunately a number of breeds of dogs are prone to mange infections and the Dachshund breed is one of them. Dogs with a severe manage infection should not be bred because the disease has a genetic component. Keeping your dog in good physical condition and stress free, this will go a long way to keeping him mange free.
A fairly common problem with dog ear health is ear mites ( Otodectes ) they cause infection inside the ear canal, they are tiny creatures that live on or under the skin.
These mites are often found in young puppies especially abandoned pups and dogs found in shelters. Mature dogs do sometimes get ear mites but they seem to be much more resistant to them. Humans are not hosts of these mites so are not affected by them.
Signs of ear mites
Treatments for dog mites
There are a number of suitable treatments available for ear mites. When administrating treatment ensure you follow instructions carefully as often if the full course is not given, the mite life cycle will not be destroyed and the problem of mites will reoccur. If left untreated painful ear infections can result.
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