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Does My Dog Have Mites or Mange?

12 CommentsTuesday, 22 January 2013  |  Kate

While fleas and ticks are common, other parasites such as mites or mange could be what are causing your dog to itch. They live and breed on dogs' skin and some kinds can create severe problems for your dog if left untreated.

There are several different types of mites and mange so it is important to be able to determine the difference. Finding the right cure for dog mange or mites is tricky as it's not as straightforward as spotting fleas.

Surface Mites

There are two main types of surface mites that can typically infest dogs which are Cheylettiella mites and Harvest mites.

Cheylettiella mites live on the skin's surface where they cause itchiness. These mites are often referred to as 'walking dandruff' because they appear light in colour and are large enough to spot walking about.

Skinny Dip Shampoo is an effective, topical treatment you can use while bathing your dog. Try using an Ekoneem Shampoo Bar as well while bathing your dog for extra insurance against mites.

Mites Mange Fleas Ticks My Itchy Dog BlogHarvest mites, known formally as Trombicula Autumnalis, are tiny orange-coloured mites which are most active around the seasonal change in autumn. Harvest mites like to inhabit long grass and bushes and are usually picked up on walks when dogs come into contact with these.

Mange Mites

These types of mites burrow beneath the skin which makes them difficult to spot with the naked eye. They will need to be diagnosed by your vet, using a microscope and skin scraping before you look for a suitable dog mange treatment.

The two most common types of mange mites are: Demodex canis which cause Demodectic mange, and Sarcoptes scabiei canis which cause Sarcoptic mange.

Demodectic mange - When a dog is suffering from malnutrition or their immune system becomes impaired they can become susceptible to an overpopulation of demodex canis mites. These mites live in the hair follicles of almost all dogs and they aren't normally a problem as they eat dead hair and skin cells and don't require a dog mange treatment.

If they become overpopulated however they can cause intensive hair loss and inflamed skin. This type of mange isn't contagious and usually doesn't cause intense itching. If you're after a good dog mange treatment regime to combat Demodectic mange, use a tub of Resist!

It's an effective treatment that helps restore your dog's immune system. Once their immune system is back in shape use Billy No Mates herbal supplement to reduce the mite population back to its normal level over time. While there is no ultimate mange cure for dogs these products will see your dogs back to health.

Sacoptic mange - This type of mange is highly contagious and intensely itchy, and it's particularly dangerous because dogs can cause themselves permanent skin damage from scratching and biting. The Sarcoptes scabiei that cause this type of mange breed incredibly quickly and can cover your whole pet if they're left untreated.

Before treating mange you should visit the vets with your dog so they can establish which kind of mange it is. If your dog does have Sarcoptic mange then it will probably need veterinary treatment straightaway to cure the mange.

Once the mange is taken care of then Billy No Mates is your best bet for preventing further outbreaks, it's a natural treatment rather than a chemical pesticide which is preferable in a dog mange treatment.

For both types of mange the Ekoneem Shampoo Bar will provide some relief and help to reduce itching as they contain neem and can help to cure dog mange. Organic neem oil contains antibacterial and antifungal properties but does not contain any of irritants that are commonly found in most soap products like sodium lauryl sulphate.

Ear Mites

These mites live inside a dog's ear and cause itching, irritation and a dry crusty discharge along with frequent head shaking and ear scratching. Ear mites are contagious and can easily be transferred between dogs so if you have more than one dog it is likely that they will all need treatment.

Products that contain colloidal silver work well to clean a dog's ears. Use a couple of drops of Lintbells Silvercare Ear Cleaner in the ear and massage it in for about 30 seconds. Afterwards clean out the debris with Lintbells Silvercare Ear Cleaning Cloth.

General First Aid and Relief from Itching and Scratching

Ekoneem Organic Neem Oil - Excellent first aid for wounds, red sore spots and bites. Apply in-between toes, under the arms, on the belly and anywhere else needing attention but avoid the eyes and muzzle.

Ekoneem Shampoo Bar - Provides all over relief from itching skin, it's very gentle so you can use this one around the eyes and muzzle too.

Billy No Mates - Prevents ear mites in dogs and cats as well as fleas and ticks. Available as a dry herbal supplement or a liquid tincture. Billy No Mates is excellent if you're looking for a natural parasite treatment that doesn't contain the chemicals found in other treatments.

Yumega Plus - A natural blend of the finest omega 3 & 6 oils from cold pressed Golden Flax, Starflower and fresh Salmon oil.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017  |  11:38

Can you suggest anything for ear mites. My neighbour has suggested getting in touch. Thank you... Carolyn

Wednesday, 26 July 2017  |  14:45

Hi Carolyn

Use our Silvercare Colloidal Silver Eardrops.


Sunday, 12 November 2017  |  15:34

Hi I have a Bichon she is six years old and will not stop itching until she bleeds she now has bald patches around the sides of her mouth due to scratching I feed her dry grain free food please help me!

Monday, 20 November 2017  |  11:44

Hi Dionne

It could be storage mites which get into food bins, especially dry food bins. I would buy much smaller bags of food and store them in their bag, sealed up. If you store the bag in a bin then make sure it's washed out thoroughly to get rid of them. Then I'd use our Ekoneem soap bar from My Itchy Dog, which is very gentle, around your dog's mouth and muzzle. This will kill any storage mites and relieve the itching.


Monday, 27 November 2017  |  10:35

Hi i have a 16 week old shih tzh puppy keeps itching her self .she hasnt got fleas what can it be

Tuesday, 28 November 2017  |  11:01

Could be stress if she's just moved from her mum. What are you feeding her, is she having her puppy vaccinations, and her flea and worming treatments?

Ron Friedl
Wednesday, 27 December 2017  |  14:30

my dog has these very small mites or maybe lice , they are are so small you can hardly see them , until they start sucking blood , they look kinda like a small crab. what are they?

Wednesday, 17 January 2018  |  11:01

Hi Ron

Could be ticks, or mites. Either way get a good shampoo like Skinny Shampoo from My Itchy Dog and give your dog a good wash. Leave on for ten mins then rinse. That will kill them. If you think it's a tick then you can only safely remove them with an O'Tom Tick Twister or a pair of fine nosed tweezers (not eyebrow tweezers).

Spray daily after that with Skinny Spray to keep them away. Wash all bedding too.


Thursday, 4 January 2018  |  22:19

My hl chinese crested has blackheads covering his whole body he's itchy and dry and has big spots which are not pussy ly jus under the skin around his neck
What do you recommend

Wednesday, 17 January 2018  |  10:54

Hi Jade

I recommend a visit to the vet to make sure there are no underlying problems. Then a visit to a specialist groomer who knows Chinese Cresteds.

I'd also put Proflax Skin & Coat superfood oil from My Itchy Dog on to his food every day. That will make a big difference to his skin, and I'd rub our Skinny Cream in once a day too.


Jade Ricketts
Tuesday, 9 January 2018  |  23:20

Hi my french bulldog has suface mures on his head and neck. How can i apply the shampoo without rinsing into his eyes (sounds silly i know but hes a fidgiter) also will it kill them. Thanks.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018  |  10:51

Hi Jade

Use our Ekoneem shampoo bar from My Itchy Dog. It's a very gentle shampoo you can use around the eyes and muzzle. That will kill the storage mites. Leave on for a few minutes and repeat over the next couple of days. Then use the Ekoneem bar as and when you need it.