If we observe the symptoms described in the previous section in our dog, we must go to the veterinarian to perform a complete examination of their general condition and particularly of their skin. There are other diseases, such as allergy, the pyoderma, or infestations by fleas who share some symptom with those produced by the scabies canine, so it is important to discard them first.
If they have appeared reddish papules on your skin or you feel itchy, do not feel embarrassed and tell your veterinarian, since it is a relevant fact that can help in the diagnosis. Also, check with your family doctor to confirm if you have been infected with scabies; although you should not be distressed, since scabies transmitted by dogs usually resolve on their own, or with proper treatment.
Although the symptoms can guide a lot, the Definitive diagnosis of scabies canine it goes through the observation of mites under a microscope. For this, your veterinarian will need to obtain a sample of your pet's skin or hair. Using tweezers, you will take a small amount of hair from the different injured places to perform a trichogram.
It is also useful to confirm if your dog has been infected with mange to study the remaining skin on the hair in the form of scales, trapping them with adhesive material, or scraping the skin to reach planes a little deeper and make a cytology. Sometimes, it is difficult to observe the mites under a microscope and it is necessary to repeat the test.