Cheyletiella mites is a species of mites that causes a mild form of dermatitis. Symptoms of this condition can include itching, scaling of the skin, and hair loss. These mites attach to the hair follicle and cause dry skin to occur on the pet. This condition is most often seen in Dandie Dinmont Terrier and Norwich Terrier dog breeds. Diagnosis can be done by several diagnostic tests at the veterinarian such as a skin scraping, combing, and a fecal exam. Treatments usually include weekly pyrethrin shampoo baths, lime sulfur dips, and topical medications which can cost about $100 per month until the mites are completely gone.
To learn more about Cheyletiella Mites in pets, check out our Pet Health Concerns Guide. By enrolling your pet with Trupanion pet insurance, your cat or dog’s policy will include coverage for diagnostic tests, medications, surgeries, hereditary and congenital disorders, as long as treatment for a certain condition is required after enrolling and is not pre-existing.
Has your pet ever been diagnosed with this condition? If so, we’d love to hear from you and any comments, advice, experiences, of thoughts on this condition.