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January 9, 1967

Canine Scabies in Dogs and in Humans

Author Affiliations


From the Dermatology Service, Department of Medicine, and the Veterinary Division, Martin Army Hospital, Fort Benning, Ga. Dr. Smith is now at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London.

JAMA. 1967;199(2):59-64. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120020053008

Twenty-two cases of human infestation with Sarcoptes scabiei variety canis contracted from pets with canine scabies were seen. The characteristic features of the condition in humans include the sudden onset of intensely pruritic papules and vesicles on areas of contact with the pet, often occurring simultaneously in several members of the family, the lack of burrows and great difficulty in demonstrating mites in the human, and the excellent response to scabicides. Canine infestations occur more frequently in puppies and are manifested by erythema, scaling, and papules occurring initially in the axillary and inguinal areas. The lesions may spread over the entire body and are associated with intense pruritus and the development of alopecia. Mites may be demonstrated in scrapings from the ears and intertriginous folds of the dog.