Chiggers on Dogs

What are chiggers?

Chiggers are tiny parasitic mites that live in tall grass and weeds. They are most active in the spring and summer months.


Dogs get chiggers by walking or running through tall grass or weeds. Chiggers attach to the dog's skin and feed on its blood.


The most common symptom of chiggers on dogs is intense itching. Chiggers also cause red bumps to appear on the dog's skin, typically around the ears, feet, and belly.

How to prevent?

Avoid walking or running your dog through tall grass or weeds.

How to treat?

There are a number of over-the-counter and prescription medications that can be used to treat chiggers on dogs.


Chiggers can also bite humans. Chigger bites on humans typically appear on the legs and feet.


If your dog has a severe chigger infestation or if they are showing signs of infection, you should take them to see a veterinarian.

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