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Can anybody tell me how to eliminate Cheyletiella infestation

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Can anybody tell me how to eliminate Cheyletiella infestation in my dogs?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Pet Doc replied 3 years ago.

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Hi there

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Thanks for your question regarding Cheyletiella in your Dalmations

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

How long have they had this please?

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Have they had this particular mite confirmed via microscopy?

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Are you there?

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Cheyletiella is typically a rabbit fur mite - but can definitely affect dogs

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

There are several products on the market that will deal with this no problem

Customer:

Hi,

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

I would definitely recommend applying Advocate treatment to each of them as well as getting the house sorted as well

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Sometimes we even have to use dips we use for more difficult mites such as sarcoptic and demodectic mange

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

hi there!

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

have you used any treatments on them thus far?

Customer:

Hi,My mother has, unfortunately, been infested and has just come out of hospital after losing significant weight

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

oh dear

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

and it was definitely cheyletiella mites?

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

aka 'walking dandruff'?

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

If you haven't had the infestation confirmed - ideally you would have this done at your local Vet where they can take a skin scraping or sellotape impression off the skin to check the mites under the microscope

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Regardless of the type of mite however, you can use Advocate on both dogs effectively and this deals with demodectic and sarcoptic mange as well as the cheyletiella

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

So definitely get this on them asap - you can get it over the counter at your local Vet clinic

Customer:

The skin scrapings are currently being analysed but the doctors feel there may be some mileage in the research she has taken with her. Also, I have seen these thing popping in and out of her fingers - very bizarre. As they feed on glandular secretions, she has lost lots of weight and become quit poorly. One of the mites has been seen by a professor (vet) who is unable to identify

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

oh dear

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

right

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

They are usually pretty easy to identify

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Hopefully we get a definitive answer soon

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Regardless - you should treat both dogs asap

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

As well as the house

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Wash all bedding and discard brushes and combs. Vacuum carpets and upholstery thoroughly and repeatedly and spray the house with a flea premise spray.

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Treat each dog with advocate monthly ongoing

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Keep your mum away from them as we don't want her getting reinfested

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

And you need to be careful yourself also

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

If we aren't making much headway with the advocate, then they may need to be treated with an off license injection - ivermectin

Customer:

She has also had significant dandruff and is coughing up very strange 'granules' that look like pupae cases. She has treated the house up and down and I think she has already used advocate but I'll just check. She has isolated the dogs as there is obviously cross contamination - she feels nobody is listening

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Or they may need several shampoos in amitraz (a drug that kills all mites)

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Yes

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

I know - it must be a very awkward situation

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

If possible keep the dogs completely out of the house

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

For at least 2 - 3 weeks (and away from her also)

Customer:

She asked for ivermectin but the vets won't prescribe as they can't identify the mite. How are humans treated?

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

You may need to get professionals in to 'flea bomb' the entire house if there can be a day where everyone (including all animals) can get out of it for 10 - 12 hours

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

That's a good question

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

i'm not sure sorry

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

one for the doctors on the site I guess!!

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Ivermectin would have to be one of the last things we use

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

because it isn't licensed - by law all the other licensed products have to be tried first

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Annoying I know - however ivermectin does have some pretty significant side effects with it at times

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

I think if she is already using advocate and there has been no significant improvement, then they may have to begin with weekly amitraz baths and they may even need to be fully clipped.

Customer:

If the mite are living intra nasally will stronghold get rid of them

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

It would be very rare for them to live intra nasally

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

I have never heard of that

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

If advocate didn't seem to be helping - I would recommend Promeris Duo

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

This has amitraz in it also and is very effective against mites

Customer:

Are you saying a good vet should be able to identify cheyletiella?

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

The eggs are shed into the environment - so I think getting professionals in to sort the house out would be a good idea

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

It depends on the sample they have

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

If they have a good view of a typical mite

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

then usually it is fine

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

However there are times when it is hard to tell

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

I often send slides to the lab for confirmation

Customer:

Can I send samples for you to analyse

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

You would be best getting them sent to a lab

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Here they can give a definitive diagnosis

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Your Vet should be able to organise that pretty easily for you

Customer:

How is promeris duo administered

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Just like advocate

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

a liquid applied to the back of the neck

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

A lot less of a hassle than attempting the amitraz baths

Customer:

Can I get it in the uk?

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Yes - I use this quite often

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

It has been very effective for several cases

Customer:

You sound like a good vet! Are you based in Yorkshire. How soon can this be used after spot on?

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Thanks! I'm based down south. You need to wait until they are next due for a spot on

Customer:

Once treated and cleared, will the dogs get it again?

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Hopefully not - particularly if you continue with advocate or promeris duo ongoing

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

So long as the house is sorted out and your mum is clear

Customer:

The dogs are head tilting and sneezing - are these normal symptoms? They have lost some weight.

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

You can read some more basic info regarding other possible treatments and prognosis here: http://www.provet.co.uk/health/diseases/cheyletiella.htm

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Not typical of cheyletiella no

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

They may have something else going on

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Cheyletiella will typically only cause skin problems in dogs

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

I hope this has been helpf

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

helpful

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Please let me know how things progress with them both

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Get a sample away to an independent vet lab if you can

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

and start on advocate or promeris duo

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

I look forward to hearing about how they get on

Customer:

Interesting and many thanks for your help. Have you got contact details for a lab?

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

It depends on who your Vets use

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

I use Axiom Vet laboratories

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

So you could request that one if you wished

Customer:

How do I get back in touch with you?

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Just reply back to this post in the future

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Once you click accept this chat turns in to a 'post'

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

You can reply whenever and I will endeavour to get in touch within a day or so

Customer:

Ok, thanks for your help.

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

No problem

Dr M D Edwards BVSc MRCVS :

Thanks again

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