What Causes Dog Skin Mites?
There are three different types of skin mites that effect dogs, these are Demodex canis mites, sarcoptic scabei mites, and cheyletiella mites. Demodex canis mites are non contagious mites and often effect younger dog’s more than older dogs and have their effect by burrowing into the deeper layers of the dogs skin causing a non itchy hard surface on the skin or baldness, often on the face or ankles and is often reason for secondary bacterial infections. It is unknown why these mites begin or what causes the production of them. Sarcoptic scabei mites is different to the Demodex canis in many ways due to it firstly being highly contagious to other animals or humans, and it is a very itchy mite for the dog often causing them to over itch and make lesions or break their skin, as this happens it may again cause secondary infections. This itchiness can affect the whole dog and not just in the areas obviously affected. Cheyletiella mites, also known as walking dandruff mites mostly affect pupp