Walking Dandruff - Cheyletiella Mange

 

Walking Dandruff "Cheyletiella Mange"

Walking Dandruff is caused by the Cheyletiella yasguri mite, as the name suggests they look, when found in large numbers, like dandruff but can be seen to be moving around!

Dog Health Issues - Description of Walking Dandruff - Cheyletiella Mange
The word Mange comes from the Middle French word mangene meaning itching. The Walking Dandruff  Canine Dog Mange is caused by the Cheyletiella yasguri mite. Cheyletiella mites belong to the group of parasitic mites. Large numbers of small white Cheyletiella mites moving about on the surface of the skin led to the common term "walking dandruff".

 

 

Dog Health Problems - Spread of Walking Dandruff - Cheyletiella Mange
Walking Dandruff - Cheyletiella Mange is generally a disease of young dogs that have a poorly developed immune systems. The mites are transferred directly from the mother to the puppies within the first week of life. The mother and puppy must be physically touching, as the parasite cannot survive off of the animal. The  Demodex Canis lives, without causing any problems on practically all adult dogs, and humans! It is not spread like the Sarcoptic Mange, also known as Scabies. Older dogs who have a depressed immune system have also been known to acquire the disease.

The Life Cycle of the Walking Dandruff - Cheyletiella Mange mite
Understanding the life-cycle is important so that strategies for treatment and prevention can be designed and implemented. The life cycle of the Demodex Canis mite is unknown but it is believed that they follow the life cycle of other mites as follows:

  • Eggs - Are white or cream and are laid on the host where they  they hatch into larvae
  • Larvae - the larvae molts into the nymphal stage
  • Adult
 

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Dog Health Problems - Symptoms of Walking Dandruff - Cheyletiella Mange
Red Mange - Demodectic is caused by a parasitic mite and symptoms may include some of the following:

  • Mildly itchy skin
  • Scurf or dandruff formation
  • Crusts on the skin
  • Red and inflammed Skin
  • Small swellings

Dog Health Questions - Dogs susceptible to Walking Dandruff - Cheyletiella Mange
Any Dogs may be liable to contract Walking Dandruff - Cheyletiella Mange

 

Dog Health Information - Treatment of Walking Dandruff - Cheyletiella Mange
The treatment usually includes dips of an insecticide.

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