What Is Cheyletiellosis? Causes, Ayurvedic Treatment


Parasites are common in the animals, some manifest at the skin level and others at the intestinal level or externally and internally. These parasites can cause immense disturbance from inside out. When the parasite irritates skin it can result in pruritus, itching, redness and flaky skin. Dogs and cats are the closest to humans as they are easy to keep in the house. And they can spread certain parasites to humans. Cheyletiellosis is a condition found in dogs due to a certain parasite. In the text, we shall have a look at this condition in detail and also discuss its management in the contemporary veterinary sciences and herbal management on the lines of Ayurveda. Let’s get started !!


Cheyletiellosis is a rare but highly contagious condition spreaded by parasites. This is a condition that affects cats, dogs, rabbits and humans. It is also known as ‘walking dandruff’ because of the appearance of the large and white coloured mites as they crawl across fur, skin and occurrence of excessive scaling go along with the infection. Though the occurrence of cheyletiellosis has far reduced due advancement of the flea controlling sprays and medications. Cheyletiellosis is a mild pruritic skin disease caused by Humans can be transiently infected. Now let’s have a look at the causes, clinical features, investigations, management and ayurvedic aspect of Cheyletiellosis in a detailed way !!


Causes of Cheyletiellosis

  1. Cheyletiellosis occurs due to the parasite named ‘Cheyletiella yasguri’ as this species attacks dogs.
  2. Dogs usually contract the walking dandruff from the other parts and their shelter, groomers and breeders.

Signs and symptoms

  1. Cardinal features of cheyletiellosis are dandruff and scaling.
  2. Itching or pruritus also occurs.

Investigations Cheyletiellosis

  1. Diagnosis is based on the medical history, observation of the mite and clinical signs of itching skin.
  2. The mite can be seen under a microscope set on low power magnification.

Management of Cheyletiellosis

  1. Topical insecticides
  2. Lime-sulphur rinses
  3. Organophosphate or pyrethrins

Ayurvedic aspect and management of Cheyletiellosis

Ayurveda is an Indian traditional system of medicine that has been serving all people healthy and diseased. Ayurveda has two objectives – taking care or maintaining the healthy status of healthy individuals and treating the conditions of diseased ones. Ayurveda focuses on lifestyle management as well and guides the human race to follow the seasonal and daily regimen as described in the texts in order to stay healthy and accomplish one’s duties.

In Ayurveda, there is no reference available that suggests the management of the animals’ diseases. But certain ayurvedic physicians have excelled in the same and they have also mentioned a number of conditions in their texts and literature. They have mentioned the anatomy, physiology, pathology and management of various diseases of animals.

India is a country where animals are seen as vehicles of Gods and Goddesses so love towards them is obvious and taking care of them is obvious and certain.
Coming to Cheyletiellosis, the condition is caused by jivanu (parasite) comes under the agantuj (external) factor that lives in the skin of dogs and causes intense itching and flaky skin. Further it causes inflammation of the skin and involves the pitta dosha, vata dosha and kapha dosha in the pathology. As the pitta vitiation causes inflammation, vata causes flaky skin and itching is the cardinal symptom of kapha vitiation.

The management of the condition depends on the pacification of the dosha involvement and healing of the skin and bathing the dog properly and daily.
The ayurvedic formulations that are useful in cheyletiellosis are gandhak rasayan, khadirarishta, mahamanjishthadi kwath, nimbadi kwath, khadiradi vati, mahamanjisthadi ghan vati, manjishthadya ark, chopchini pak, suranjan avaleha etc. Application of mahamarichyadi taila is effective in cheyletiellosis.

Herbal Remedies by Planet Ayurveda for Cheyletiellosis

Planet Ayurveda is a prestigious US-FDA registered and ISO 9001:2015 certified company. Planet Ayurveda manufactures the purest ayurvedic medicines as mentioned in the various ayurvedic texts and ayurvedic pharmacopoeia. The medicines prepared are free of any chemicals, artificial sweet enhancers, additives etc. The medicines are available in different forms such as vati (tablets), capsules, churna (powders), lehya (jams), asavrishta/saar (syrups) which makes them consumables as per patients’ comfort. Further Planet Ayurveda’s products are halal certified and gluten free. Planet Ayurveda manufactures products that are consumable by both humans and animals. Planet Ayurveda extends its range of products that are useful in managing the condition of cheyletiellosis in dogs.

List of formulations that are helpful in managing Cheyletiellosis are as follows


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Gandhak Rasayan is one of the classical ayurvedic medicines that are beneficial in skin diseases. Gandhak Rasayan is a that cures skin conditions, enhances immunity, fights microbes, potent anti-inflammatory, an effective anti-ageing and full of antioxidants. With these wide range of properties Gandhak Rasayan proves to be one of the best ayurvedic proprietary medicines for managing cheyletiellosis. Further, Gandhak rasayan provides healthy and itching free skin to the dogs suffering from the above mentioned condition induced by mites. Hence, Gandhak Rasayan works impeccably in Cheyletiellosis.

Dosage : 2 tab twice daily


Mahamajisthaghan vati is a classical ayurvedic medicine that helps in a number of skin disorders. Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia) is known to have properties of blood purification. It pacifies the kapha and pitta dosha. It helps in blood disorders. It alleviates inflammation of the skin and itching and ultimately soothes the skin. With these properties Mahamanjisthaghan vati, helps in the management of cheyletiellosis in dogs very well.

Dosage : 2 tab twice daily.


Kaishore Guggul is a classical ayurvedic medicine that is used in a number of  inflammatory conditions. Kaishore Guggul a variety of herbs namely guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), shunthi (Zingiber i), marich (Piper nigrum), pippali (Piper longum), vidanga (Embelia ribes), guggulu (Commiphora mukul), haritaki (Terminalia chebula), amalaki (Embelica officinalis) etc. Kaishore Guggul helps in the inflammatory skin condition caused by the mite. It also reduces itching and the redness of the lesions on the skin. It further purifies the blood and helps in pacification of the pitta dosha. Hence, Kaishore Guggul helps in managing cheyletiellosis.

Dosage : 2 tab twice daily


Dermo Plan Syrup is a product of Planet Ayurveda beneficial in a number of skin conditions. The Dermo Plan Syrup is made up of khadir (Acacia catechu), shobhanjan (Moringa oleifera), haridra (Curcuma longa), manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), neem (Azadirachta indica) and various other herbs. All the ingredients of the Dermo Plan Syrup have anti-inflammatory properties and the product pacifies all the three doshas. The condition of cheyletiellosis is well managed by Dermo Plan Syrup. The syrup relieves the very itching and flaky skin of the dog suffering from the above said condition. Hence, Dermo Plan Syrup is very good in managing the condition.

Dosage : 2 tsp twice daily

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Cheyletiellosis is a skin condition that occurs in dogs and is caused by a mite named Cheyletiella yasguri. The conditions spread from one dog to another with close contact with the affected dog and his/her belongings. Humans stay close to the dogs and the mites can infect human skin and cause problems. Though the occurrence of the disease has reduced to significant low due to the availability of the insect repellents and insecticidal sprays. The condition can be prevented with daily showers and use of insecticidal creams and sprays. Though when the dog is suffering from cheyletiellosis, then the management should be herbal as the chemical powders and sprays can irritate the skin of dogs and cause immense allergies. The above-mentioned products of Planet Ayurveda are so good in managing the condition due to its herbal nature and have a wide range of activity on the overall body and makes the dog’s skin healthy and free from parasites.

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD - Ayurveda) is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Pvt. Ltd. He is Author of the Book "Ayurveda – God’s Manual For Healing". He is an Ayurveda Expert Serving People worldwide through all the Possible Mediums, Operating from Main Branch in Mohali, India. With his Vast Experience in Herbs and their Applied Uses, he is successfully treating Numerous Patients suffering from Various Ailments with the help of Purest Herbal Supplements, Diet, and Lifestyle, according to the Principles of Ayurveda. For More Details, visit www.PlanetAyurveda.com.

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