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Treating grass mites: what helps your dog?


With the beginning of summer, grass mites are back in high season. Whether you need to treat your dog depends on the symptoms it has. When infested with grass mites, a special shampoo relieves the itching in the dog - Image: Shutterstock / dezi

If your four-legged friend suffers from the mites, this does not necessarily mean that you also have to treat him. Because the small arachnids are annoying, but usually harmless. If you are sure that your four-legged friend has been infected by the parasites, you should first carefully examine the affected skin areas. If you take a closer look, you can see small orange-yellow spots on the dog's skin.

Treatment of grass mites: relieve itching

Grass mites cause a sometimes severe itching, which is further exacerbated by the scratching of the dog. Since the mites are otherwise not harmful to the dog, it is usually sufficient to treat the symptoms. To relieve the itching, you can wash your four-legged friend with an anti-parasitic shampoo. Special chemical and homeopathic remedies are also available to kill the arachnids. Sometimes it helps if you wash your four-legged friend's stomach, chest, legs and dog paws with lukewarm water at home after romping in the grass and wash away the larvae.

There are certain spots that the grass mite larvae prefer to cause itching. Above all, this includes the parts of the body that come into contact with the ground or grass: paws, head, legs, stomach and chest. In cats, the tip of the tail and the inside of the ear cups are popular places for pests. In general, the mites prefer areas with particularly thin skin.

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If your dog suffers from mites, you should wash all the blankets and thoroughly clean your four-legged friend's berths, as with other parasites - such as ticks or fleas. This will prevent the pests from multiplying and torturing your darling even more.

Treat inflammation

However, if you notice that the skin around the puncture site becomes inflamed, it is usually necessary to take further measures. Anti-inflammatory ointments can then be a good addition to the cleansing baths. If you are unsure whether grass mites are really responsible for your dog's symptoms, you should definitely see a veterinarian instead of starting treatment on your own.