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