Daily Doggie Tip #56

With the corn ready to be harvested, many of us who field walk our dogs are finding that our dogs are suffering from itchy feet. However dogs can become infested with harvest mites from parks or gardens too. This is more than likely to be caused by the larvae of harvest mites. These are microscopic mite larvae that can infest your dog’s skin and make them very itchy; you may sometimes see an orange dust on your dogs’ feet which is a sign of infestation. You will usually notice about an hour after a walk, that their feet get very itchy and progressively sore. There are many remedies available that can either protect or kill the mites, but it is advised to get a definitive diagnosis from your vet first. Putting booties on your dogs’ when you walk them, can help prevent harvest mite infestation:

http://www.myitchydog.co.uk/harvestmites.html

http://www.lintbells.com/articles/harvest-mites-in-dogs-and-cats

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