Pets and mites
Mites can infest any animal and cause horrible itching. These tiny arachnids are invisible to the naked eye but most are very contagious. This is why it is important to identify mites and prevent them from infesting other animals in your house or circle of friends.
Dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and birds are all affected by different types of mites. Every animal has its “own” mite – but each can infest any pet. Some mites are found on the skin and others live deep in the ear canal.
Mite infestation is indicated by extreme itchiness. This is the start of a vicious circle: Scratching causes lesions, which are in turn attacked by bacteria, which results in an infection. Some animals scratch so strongly that they thrash around, almost as if they were having an epileptic fit. They simply don’t know how to relieve the itching any more. In most cases, both the mites and the bacterial infections resulting from the lesions must be treated by a vet. Mites are stubborn, so treatment usually takes a while.
The faeces from dust or storage mites can also trigger allergies, especially in dogs. A dust or storage mite allergy can only be diagnosed by a vet with a skin test or blood serum analysis.
How can you prevent mite infestations?
Firstly, keep affected animals away from members of the same species until they are free of these unpleasant parasites.
If you want to travel out of the country with your dog, consider a preventive combination preparation against ticks, fleas and mites. Dogs in some holiday destinations are more affected by mites and can easily infest your dog.
Always quarantine new guinea pigs and rabbits, i.e., take your new animal to the vet before putting it with the rest of the group. Only integrate it into the group after parasites, mites and contagious illnesses have been ruled out. The same applies if you want to integrate a dog or cat into an existing group. Be particularly vigilant with animals from Mediterranean countries.