Dust mites, related to spiders, are creatures who feed off of skin cells shed by people and animals. Unfortunately (or fortunately, if you look at that photo!) these little mites are so small that they can only be seen with a microscope. This means you could have a raging dust mite problem and not know it.
Dust mites are happiest in warm, humid environments. And, since they feed off of dead skin cells, they are most often found in bedding, furniture and carpeting. Bedrooms are a popular hangout for dust mites. Many dogs sleep in their owners’ bedroom, which can be a problem if they are sensitive to dust mites.
If your dog has a dust mite allergy, you’ll likely see them itching and chewing at their skin. When our dog Elsie was allergy tested, we found that one of the many items she was allergic to, was dust. Does this mean we found a way to eliminate all dust from our home? Heck no! Fat chance of that. But, we have found ways to make our home less hospitable for these little pests.
Later, when we discuss dog allergy treatments, we’ll talk about how you can minimize dust mite problems in your home.