Mites in dogs: this helps
The dog has mites – this is not an excellent diagnosis. Unlike ticks, they do not usually transmit diseases, but a massive mite infestation can still cause illness. Here you will find tips on how to get rid of annoying pests.
Depending on which mites infest a dog, the causes and modes of transmission can be different. However, the treatment against the other subspecies of the arachnids usually follows the same pattern. Does your dog have mites? Then do not hesitate for long and consult a veterinarian immediately.
Recognizing mites in dogs
General symptoms of a mite infestation are:
an intense itching at the affected area, which is noticeable by increased scratching
dry, scaly, and/or reddened skin areas, sometimes with scab formation
hair loss and bald patches in the coat, especially in the case of mange
Shampoo, medications, home remedies: what kills mites in dogs?
Your veterinarian will determine if your dog is infested with mites and recommend appropriate measures and medicines for your pet. This usually includes a mite shampoo for the dog, as well as anti-inflammatory ointments and sprays (spot-on preparations) or tablets, if necessary.
Other tips for treating mites in dogs:
Treatment should be repeated at short intervals, especially for long-haired dog breeds.
If several animals belong to your household, you should also treat the other furry noses as a precaution.
Textiles such as sleeping or cuddly blankets of your animals should be washed.
For prevention and to support the treatment by the veterinarian, home remedies can also help against mites in dogs:
Apple cider vinegar can fight mites naturally. The dog gets only two to three times a week a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in the drinking water.
Coconut oil is used for coat care and cleaning the dog’s ears. Rub the body of the pelt nose regularly with a walnut-sized amount of coconut oil. It is best to clean the ears carefully with a cloth previously soaked in liquid coconut oil.
Caustic soda can help heal inflamed skin. After consulting your vet, you can dissolve a pinch of baking soda in warm water. Soak some absorbent cotton in the resulting solution and gently dab the affected areas of the skin.
Sulfur flowers are also considered an effective remedy for mites in dogs. The flower is available in an antibacterial powder, which is administered daily through food for about two weeks. The dosage depends on the size of your pet and should be discussed with your veterinarian.