Treatment for Cheyletiella Mites

Updated November 21, 2016

Cheyletiella mites are capable of causing complications, such as skin disease, and require immediate treatment. There are three main types of cheyletiella mites, also known as cheyletiella mange and walking dandruff, each of which commonly affects a specific animal. Yasguri mites are typically seen in dogs, blakei affect cats and parasitovorax is seen in rabbits. Although each type tends to have its preference of host animal, infestation of all three can be transmitted to other animals and humans.


Less invasive than intravenous treatments, veterinarians often prescribe special shampoos for treatment of cheyletiella mange in cats, dogs and rabbits. These products are generally used once a week for up to five weeks in order to rid animals of infestation.

Follow your veterinarian's directions for application very carefully when using prescription shampoos on pets.

Dips and Sprays

Prescription dips and sprays can be used to rid cheyletiella infestation in cats, dogs and rabbits. Always consult your veterinarian before using any chemicals on your pets, however, to ensure that the product is safe for different breeds and species.

Pyrethrin and lime sulphur dips are commonly used for any animal. Amitraz dips are used only on dogs. In addition, dogs and cats may be treated with fipronil spray. The length of treatment may range from three to five weeks, depending upon the animal affected.


Intravenous treatment for cheyletiella mites is typically limited to dogs. Canines may be treated with ivermectin injections at two-week intervals.

Some breeds are known to suffer serious side effects from ivermectin and should not be treated for cheyletiella mites with the drug. These breeds include beagles, collies, shelties and collie mixes.

Home Care

In order to fully rid all pets of cheyletiella mite infestation, it is necessary to rid the home environment of both adult mites and eggs. Treat all areas in which pets have access, such as beds, bedding, play areas and kennels.

Pesticide sprays designed to treat homes for flea infestation are effective at ridding areas of cheyletiella mites. Ask your veterinarian for advice in selecting the proper pesticide for your home.


If left untreated, cheyletiella mites will quickly infest all animals and humans in contact with the affected animal. Infestation can cause discomfort and skin disease. All pet owners should know the symptoms of cheyletiella mite infestation, which include the appearance of moving dandruff, scaly skin, inflammation, mild scratching and chewing, swelling, redness and scabs.

If you suspect that your pet is suffering from cheyletiella mite infestation, seek veterinary help as soon as possible.

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