The treatment you choose to get rid of dog mites will likely vary depending on the type of mite your dog has and your preference for trying to fix the problem at home or seeing a vet. Home remedies are often used to get rid of mites, but a visit to the vet may be necessary if the infection is severe or home treatments do not work. Some common treatments include washing the dog with a medicated shampoo, applying a soothing ointment, and administering prescription medications.
Dog mites are tiny parasites that live on a dog’s skin. They like to dig tunnels under the skin to lay eggs, which causes inflammation, redness and itching. Some treatments may be more effective than others at removing dog mites, depending on the type of mite your pet has and the severity of the infection. Common types of dog mites include ear mites, scabies and dandruff.
Get rid of dust mites
As its name suggests, mites live in a dog’s ears. The most common symptoms of this type of mite include scratching around the ears; shaking his head and ears; and blood or a coffee-like dark substance in your dog’s ear canal. Special mite treatments can be purchased online, at a pet store, or at some veterinary surgeries.
Drops containing an insecticide can help get rid of dog mites in the ears. These drops should be massaged deeply into the dog’s ear canal for at least two to three weeks. Gentle daily cleaning of the entire ear will also help eliminate parasites. Many veterinarians recommend treating the whole body of the infected dog as well, as mites can move to other areas of the skin. Most tick and flea medications work to kill mites on a dog’s body; the product label usually says if it also works with dust mites.
Get rid of scabies mites
Scabies mites can also be called scabies. Most dogs have this type of mite, and it is usually transmitted from mother to puppy during the first weeks of life. In most cases, mites only cause symptoms in dogs with a weak or very large immune system. Symptoms of scabies include hair loss and flaky skin, which usually begins around the dog’s face, but can spread throughout the body.
Very often, a veterinarian is needed to recommend or prescribe the best treatment option for scabies. Lotions, shampoos and dips are among the most effective treatments. Benzoyl peroxide is a popular home remedy that can be helpful in relieving skin irritations caused by scabies, with a small amount of rubbing on the affected area to relieve symptoms until the mites go away. Scabies is sometimes treated with weekly injections of a safe insecticide for dogs, although this is not common and some dog breeds do not tolerate this treatment well.
Get rid of walking dandruff
Another common type of dog mite is the Cheyletiella mite, better known as the “walking dandruff.” These mites can be seen moving in the skin of a dog, which gives them their name. The most common symptoms are itchy skin, scales and scales on the dog’s back. Typically, a veterinarian will diagnose walking dandruff and prescribe a series of prescription baths. These mites can be transmitted between dogs and humans through close contact, so you’ll probably want to get rid of them quickly.
General treatments for dog mites
Over-the-counter and over-the-counter medications can help get rid of dog mites, and it’s best to talk to a veterinarian before doing this route. A general veterinarian or specialist, such as a veterinary dermatologist, will be able to recommend the best treatment and prescribe medication if necessary. Some vets sell medicated baths, shampoos, and lotions directly in their offices, and many large pet supply stores also fill prescriptions for animals.
Cortisone creams can help relieve the itching and skin irritation caused by dog mites, but they are not suitable for all pets, so you should talk to your veterinarian before using one. Antibiotic creams, available by prescription, can be used to help heal wounds and other skin abrasions, as well as to help prevent new infections. Waxing highly infected areas can also help dogs with mites, as it can facilitate treatment by exposing infected skin.