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    Nasal Mites In Dogs

    Nasal Mites In Dogs

    by Health / 3 min read

    How Did My Dog Get Nasal Mites?


    Estimated Read Time:  4 ½ minutes

    Summary: In this blog, we get in the know about nasal mites in dogs. We’ll discover what nasal mites in dogs are, what causes them, what the symptoms of nasal mites are and learn about the treatment for nasal mites…


    What Are Nasal Mites In Dogs?

    The canine nasal mite (or Pneumonyssoides caninum or Pneumonyssus caninum) can affect all dog breeds, sexes and ages in any part of the world. It’s a parasitic infection that’s more common in wild or stray dogs and is tricky to diagnose but easy to transmit.

    If your dog has contracted nasal mites, they’ll usually set up home in the nasal passages, the edge of the nostrils and their sinuses. Here, they’ll feed off the keratin layer of skin (epidermis) up there - delightful, right!?

    What Are The Symptoms Of Nasal Mites In Dogs?

    Symptoms of nasal mites in dogs may include, but aren’t limited to:

    • Sneezing
    • Reverse sneezing
    • Nose bleeds
    • Head shaking
    • Facial itching/pawing at the face
    • Nasal discharge
    • Labored or high-pitched, loud breathing
    • Coughing
    • Impaired sense of smell
    • Tiny white/slightly tanned colored specks may be observed in the nostril area
    • Restlessness or collapsing

    Reverse sneezing and sneezing happens to dogs for a host of reasons so these symptoms shouldn’t be the most immediate cause for concern. If they’re accompanied by bleeding and discharge that’s more of an indicator that something’s going on up their snout and needs investigating…

    dog nose

    How Do Dogs Get Nasal Mites?

    Dogs can catch nasal mites from nose-to-nose contact with other dogs incredibly easily, as mites are very mobile. This is the most common way of catching nasal mites in dogs.

    However, mites can also live on fleas, ticks, and flies so dogs can also contract nasal mites in this way too.

    Nasal mites in dogs cannot be transmitted to humans.

    Nasal Mites In Dogs Treatment

    Effective treatment for nasal mites should be made a priority, as they can be highly irritating and uncomfortable for a dog. Treatment for nasal mites needs to be administered by a vet if you want to be sure the infestation is properly gotten rid of.

    If you suspect something’s going on up their nose, get your pet looked over by a qualified, professional veterinarian as soon as possible. The vet will most likely flush the nose through (nasal flushing) and examine your pooch’s nose with an endoscope. They may also request X-rays, blood and urine samples.

    If nasal mites are discovered, your pup will most likely be prescribed anti-parasitic medication which could be applied orally or topically – it is more commonly the former.

    black dog nose

    Always follow your vet’s instructions religiously and keep away from other dogs and pets until your pup’s infection has cleared, so as not to pass it on. In some cases, dogs may need a follow-up appointment to check the infection has dispersed.

    The best prevention of nasal mites is to try and keep your pup away from stray dogs and keep them up to date on their anti-parasitic prevention treatments. Regular flea and worm control is an absolutely vital part of being a responsible pet parent and protecting both your dog and others they encounter.

    Can Nasal Mites Kill A Dog?

    Heavy, untreated infestations can lead to alveolar emphysema where the air sacs of the lung’s inner walls are damaged. This, in some cases, can prove dangerous or fatal for dogs. The quicker you see a vet and obtain treatment; the less likely your dog’s overall health will suffer.

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