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This week we have seen many cases of cats and dogs with Harvest Mites:

What are they and where do they come from?

The larvae of harvest mites can cause seasonal skin irritation for dogs and cats, particularly during late summer and autumn.

They are found in grass, on soil and heavy vegetation.

red setter paw

The larvae can be recognized as clusters of small red-orange coloured “dust” attached to hairs on the body, especially between the toes and in and around their ear flaps.

The larvae will feed for two to three days until full then drop off the host, often leaving a red swelling on the skin that can itch severely.

The presence of the larvae can lead to rubbing, biting and scratching, and can lead to scurf and hair loss in a few cases.

If the skin is damaged due to scratching, these areas can also become infected with bacteria.