Worm Advice

Sarcoptic Mange Mites

What do they look like and where do they live?

  • Sarcoptic mange mites are eight-legged parasites, they spend their whole life on the host
  • Infection with these mites is known as mange, or in people it is called scabies

How can my pet contract Sarcoptes?

  • The sarcoptic mange mite is contracted via direct contact with an infected animal
  • Sarcoptic mange mites are extremely contagious

How will this parasite affect my pet?

  • They can cause severe irritation, itching, redness, and skin disease
  • They often affect areas such as the ear margin, abdomen, groin, elbows and hocks and the infection can spread from these areas over the whole body
  • First visible signs may be scaling and wrinkling of the skin
  • They can cause severe itching, scratching, hair loss and skin disease
  • They can lead to bacterial infections

Can this parasite affect my health?

  • Mites can transfer from dogs to humans if there is close contact. They can burrow in human skin.