Cheyletiellosis, Causes Symptoms, and Its Ayurvedic Treatment


Because our dogs are very furry and we don’t even think about what’s in their skin which acts as a barrier towards the outside world. The skin protects them to keep them safe from the foreign objects, dirt, bacteria and fungus. This flexible covering regulates the dog’s body temperature that is composed of certain layers of cells. Dryness, itchiness and rashes may irritate your pet somehow in their lives. To ensure that your pet’s skin is in a good condition and they will not develop any problem related to their skin, you must take care of their skin health by regular cleaning. If you will not take care of their skin regularly then there is a chance of developing various skin conditions in your dogs. In this article we will discuss one of the conditions that affect your dog’s skin – Cheyletiellosis. Along with its modern view we will discuss the Ayurvedic view as well as its Ayurvedic management. Let’s discuss further!!!!

Cheyletiellosis In Dogs


Cheyletiellosis is a contagious skin disease in dogs which is uncommon and caused by a parasitic infection named as Cheyletiella – a mite. This condition is also called walking dandruff because these white mites crawl on the fur and skin. As this condition is highly contagious, it can be caused due to direct contact with the affected animal. Cheyletiella mites are commonly found on the surface skin of cats and dogs. But these mites are also found on rabbits and humans. Body of the mite is waisted and palps over their head resembles claws. The lifecycle of these mites lasts from 21-35 days on the body of the host. Further, let’s discuss this condition in detail!!!!

Causes of Cheyletiellosis

We read in the introduction part, the condition is caused by a parasite named Cheyletiella. These mites are generally affected during direct contact with the infected pet. Mostly the environment responsible for this infection is:

  • Catteries
  • Pet shelters
  • Feral cat colonies

Mites as well as the eggs survive for a short interval of time that is about 10 days. The infestations can occur from toys, bedding, furniture and many other objects that harbors the mites.

Symptoms of Cheyletiellosis

The severity of the symptoms in this condition vary depending upon the dog’s sensitivity. The following symptoms are used to seen in the affected dog:

  • Scratching
  • Redness of The Skin
  • Scaling of Skin
  • Scabs
  • Small Bumps
  • Mild Hair Loss
  • The above characteristics are usually seen more on the sides and the back. With scratching thin and bald patches may increase. When the infection progresses it leads to severe itching, after that excessive scratching occurs which causes hair loss in patches.

    Diagnosis of Cheyletiellosis

    Cheyletiellosis in dogs is diagnosed with the help of flea combings, skin scrapings and scales from the skin of affected dogs. As it is difficult to find the mites, the diagnosis can be made on the basis of clinical symptoms in response to the therapy. These mites are contagious to humans (20%) and the signs in humans are like itching, small red bumps around the forearm, abdomen and chest. If you think that your mite has this type of condition, you must seek immediate help from the veterinary doctor.

    Ayurvedic View of Cheyletiellosis

    According to Ayurveda there are two types of diseases – Nijj and Agantuj. Nijj Vyadhi is due to imbalance of dosha inside the body and Agantuj Vyadhi occurs due to any bahya karana (external factors). So in case of Chelyletiellosis Agantuj karana are there which leads to dosha vitiation and various lakshana (Clinical features). Mites is the agantuj karana which leads to pitta, rakta and kapha dosha vitiation. These doshas lead to various symptoms such as Scratching, Redness of the skin, Scaling of skin, Scabs, Small bumps, Mild hair loss, etc. In Ayurveda there is a different branch for managing diseases of animals which is known as Pashuchikitsa. Under this sector of medical science various animals are healing with the use of natural treatment.

    One really very famous chikitsa in Ayurveda can be used in managing this condition is Apakarshana, prakriti vighata and Nidana Tyaag.

    Apakarshana Chikitsa

    Apakarshana Chikitsa is of two types that is Bahya Apkarshana and Abhyantra Apkarshana. In case of Cheyletiellosis as Agantuja karana (mites) is responsible so Bahya Apkarshana can be used. With the help of Bahya Apkarshana the mites are extracted or removed with the help of Shastra (surgical tools) or pradhana shastra that is hand.

    Prakriti Vighata

    In Prakriti Vighata chikitsa there are also two types that are Bahya and Abhyantra. In this case Abhyantra Prakriti Vighata chikitsa is to be done, that is with the help of various herbs we have to pacify the vitiated doshas. As there is the vitiation of Pitta, Rakta and Kapha dosha is here so we have to pacify these doshas with the help of administration of various herbs such as Purified Gandhak, Manjistha, Giloy, Amalaki, etc.

    Nidaan Tyaag

    This line of treatment involves keeping away the cause of the disease. So as the cause of the disease are mites in this condition and keeping them away is included in Nidaan Tyaag. For this keep your pets neat and clean and away from the street dogs.

    Herbal Remedies by Planet Ayurveda for Cheyletiellosis

    Planet Ayurveda is a reputed Ayurvedic Company which has been serving mankind as well as animals for many years. All the products of Planet Ayurveda are GMP and ISO certified. The range of supplements are prepared under the guidance of M.D. Ayurveda practitioners are free from any kind of added preservatives, synthetic material, resins, gums, etc. These products are safe for humans as well as animals too. The range of Planet Ayurveda mostly helps in managing every kind of disease or any health issue. For management of Cheyletiellosis following remedies are listed by Planet Ayurveda. Let’s read further how the below remedies are effective in managing Cheyletiellosis in dogs.

    Product List

    1. Gandhak Rasayan
    2. Mahamanjisthaghan Vati
    3. Kaishore Guggul
    4. Dermo Plan Syrup
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    Product Description

    1. Gandhak Rasayan

    Gandhak rasayan is one of the formulations prepared by Planet Ayurveda with the main ingredient Gandhak (Purified Sulphur). This remedy is one of the best Ayurvedic antibiotics and also possesses anti-inflammatory, anthelmintic effects. These effects help in preventing further growth of the mite and also kills the mice. The tablets reduce the itching, scaling and redness of the skin. This remedy is really very effective in boosting immunity and reducing the bad impact of mites on the skin.

    Dosage: 2 tablets twice daily with meals.

    2. Mahamanjisthaghan Vati

    Mahamanjisthaghan Vati is a herbal tablet prepared by Planet Ayurveda with the help of Mahamanjistha Kwath ghan (Rubia cordifolia). This remedy consists of pitta shamaka, shothahara (anti-inflammatory), kandu hara (antihelminthic) properties. These properties effectively reduce the symptoms along with that purifies the blood and reduces the infection. The immunomodulatory properties of these vati preparation helps in reducing the impact of mites on the dogs skin.

    Dosage: 2 tablets twice daily with meals.

    3. Kaishore Guggul

    Kaishore Guggul is one of the classical Ayurvedic formulations. This is available in tablet form and prepared by Planet Ayurveda under the strict guidance of M.D. Ayurveda practitioners. These tablets consist of ingredients such as Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Bhibitaki (Terminalia billerica), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) and various others. These tablets help in purifying blood and removing endotoxins from the body. Other than that this remedy possesses anti-inflammatory properties and provides healing and soothing effects to the skin.

    Dosage: 2 tablets twice daily with meals.

    4. Dermo Plan Syrup

    Dermo Plan Syrup is one of the herbal syrups formulated by Planet Ayurveda. This herbal syrup is made up of various skin friendly ingredients such as Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), Sariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Haridra (Curcuma longa) and various others. This herbal syrup helps in pacification of pitta and kapha dosha along with that purifies the vitiated blood. By doing so this herbal syrup effectively helps in reducing the symptoms such as redness, scaling, itching, etc.

    Dosage: 2 tsp twice daily with meals.

    Contact Planet Ayurveda Support Team to provide you the costing / ordering and delivery information at – or Call at 0172-521-4030 (India), +91-172-521-4030 (Outside India) or Whatsapp at (+91) 9915-593-604


    Cheyletiellosis is a contagious skin disease in dogs which is uncommon and caused by a parasitic infection named as Cheyletiella – a mite. Beside this mite there is no other cause, the environment with pollution, untidiness and dogs with this infection if come in contact with the healthy dog may lead to this condition. According to Ayurveda in case of Chelyletiellosis, Agantuj karana are there which leads to pitta, rakta and kapha dosha vitiation. These dosha vitition lead to various symptoms such as scaling, redness, itching, etc. In Ayurveda there is a different branch for managing the health conditions of the animals which is known as Pashu Chikitsa. For managing this condition trividha chikitsa can be done which includes Apakarshana, prakriti vighata and Nidana Tyaag. For prakriti vighaat (balancing the doshas) various herbal remedies are provided by Planet Ayurveda. These remedies are totally safe for your pet, so if your pet is suffering from the same, you must give these remedies to your dog to save them from this condition.

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    Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurvedic Medicine) is an expert Ayurveda consultant in Chandigarh (India). He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world. He is CEO and Founder of Krishna Herbal Company and Planet Ayurveda in Chandigarh, India. He researched age old formulas from ancient Ayurvedic text books to restore health and save human beings from the worst side-effects of chemical-based treatments.