Harvest mites occur in high number as the summer ends and autumn begins. These tiny red mites climb the long grass and can easily be picked up by dogs when they’re out for a walk or a romp.
Mites latching on the dog’s skin can be very irritating, causing dogs to scratch at themselves persistently in an effort to gain relief from the itching. Dogs may soon scratch themselves raw, giving rise to skin lesions that can easily be infected.
Make a habit of checking your dog’s body for mites after every walk, and wash any mites off your pet immediately. The parts of the body where harvest mites are commonly found include bare or sparsely-furred areas, such as around the ears, nose, eyes, between the toes, and on the dog’s belly.