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Walking dandruff (Cheyletiellosis) Owner Factsheet

Contributor(s): Vetstream Ltd, Claire Speight

Cheyletiella infection is a form of mange that is also known as rabbit mites and "walking dandruff". This is an itchy skin condition caused by small parasites living on the skin surface. The mites can be found on many animals including rabbits, dogs and cats, and can be transmitted from pets to people. Early recognition is important as the condition can be simply treated.
Image: Cheyletiella spp: female mite - ©David Scarff BVetMed CertSAD MRCVS

What causes cheyletiellosis?

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