scabies is most commonly spread by dogs that have
sarcoptic mange. This type of scabies also may be
spread by the mites of other domestic animals.
The mites are transferred to people who have
contact with the infested animal. The mites spread to areas on the body that
are exposed to the animal, especially the arms, thighs, and
Dog mites cannot live on human skin for more than a few
days. They cannot reproduce on human skin, so the infestation usually goes away
within a week and does not spread or require treatment. This type of scabies is
not contagious between people and usually is not spread from humans to
If a person continues to be exposed to an infested animal,
his or her symptoms may last weeks or months.
An infested pet
should be treated by a veterinarian.