Nasal Mites is a parasitic infection in dogs’ noses. It is a common condition among wild or stray dogs, but it is not easy to diagnose. The nasal mites can easily spread from an infected dog to a healthy dog when there is a contact between their noses. It is because some mites travel from the nasal passage to the edges of the dog’s nostrils. Though moderate symptoms are generally seen in dogs with nasal mites, it surely is a highly irritating condition for them. Often, dogs who have a chronic problem of nose bleeding, nasal discharge, sneezing, etc., are tested for nasal mites. Once diagnosed, this problem can be easily treated.
Symptoms of Nasal Mites in Dogs
Since dogs often sneeze as well as reverse sneeze due to various reasons, it gets difficult to immediately conclude nasal mites upon their sneezing. If a dog is sneezing and reverse Sneezing a lot in bouts, it could hint towards nasal mites. Infected dogs may also have nose bleeding or a chronic discharge from the nose.
Diagnosis of Nasal Mites
If the symptoms in a dog hint towards nasal mites, a vet will take a swab from the dog’s nasal passage to check under a microscope. In general, a swab of an infected dog will reveal mites in quite a large number when seen under a microscope. If this diagnosis doesn’t seem adequate, the vet may also make use of other tests such as blood work, rhinoscopy, radiograph, nasal flushing, or nasal biopsy.
Generally, oral Ivermectin is given to dogs under proper recommendation of a practicing veterinarian to treat nasal mites. However, it should not be administered without a vet prescribing it after a thorough diagnosis. With proper treatment and care of an infected dog, the problem of nasal mites can be easily taken care of. During the treatment, the infected dog must not be allowed to mingle with other animals or pets in the home, until the infection has been completely resolved. Also, a dog with nasal mites undergoing treatment for the same should be regularly monitored for its symptoms and recovery signs. In some cases, dogs may have to visit the vet for a follow up on their condition.