Mites are generally microscopic parasites that excavate their ways to your dog's body through the hair follicles or various oil glands in the epidermal layer of the skin. Your downy pet may be reduced to a patchwork of damaged skin and shabby hair, if it gets infested with mites. Also known as 'Mange'; mites on dogs may lead to conditions like acute hair loss, severe skin infections (accompanied with inflammation and itching), and sometimes to various terminal diseases also. Normally, all dogs have a certain population of mites thriving on their body. The condition gets exacerbated only when the immune system of the animal fails to retaliate the multiplying mites, thus leading to severe outbreak and unchecked reproduction of mites on the dog's body.
Type of Mites
Generally there are two types of mites that may infest your dog.
Demodex Mites are responsible for the severe skin disease called
'Canine Demodicosis' in dogs. These miniscule vermin are generally white
and oblong. They spend their entire lifecycle in the hair follicles and
sebaceous glands of the host and feed on various skin debris, cells and
sebum. Mite-infested nursing bitches generally transfer these mites to
These mites are also known as 'Scabies' and are more troublesome than
the Demodex Mites. They thrive on the hair follicles of dogs and lead to
intense skin-itching (also known as 'pruritus') and a variety of other
skin infections. Sometimes, dry skin lesions and severe hair loss in
your dog may be the result of Sarcoptic Mites. They might even invade
the skin of healthy dogs and puppies.
Symptoms of Dog Mites