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Canine Scabies

When Fido Gives the Gift that Keeps on Giving

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Updated August 11, 2010

Pimple-like irritations on the abdomen and chest due to canine scabies
Image courtesy CDC
Dogs and cats are prone to scabies (also called mange). Their mites are not exactly the same as the mites that humans spread to one another. Canine scabies can still be spread to humans, but they usually don't live and reproduce on human hosts. As long as the dog has the scabies, human companions risk infestation and the pimply rash that goes with it.

Since the mites can't reproduce on humans, the rash should go away after the pet has been treated.

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Any opinions expressed here are for educational purposes only and are not intended for diagnosis.

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