Pneumonyssoides spp

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Adult female P. caninum under light microscopy[1]
P. caninum on the external nares of a dog[2]

Pneumonyssoides spp are an hematophagous parasitic mite of dogs, reported in Canada, Australia, South Africa, Japan and Europe[3][4][5].

Adult mites are microscopic, with females no larger than 1.5 mm. The female is ovoviviparous and that there is no nymphal stage in the life cycle of this parasite. Dog-to-dog transmission is by direct transfer of larvae from one infested dog to another[6], although foxes may act as a reservoir host[7].

Species which are pathogenic to dogs include:

  • Pneumonyssoides caninum

These mites are nuisance parasites of the caudal nasal and frontal sinuses[8], and clinically affected dogs present with acute 'reverse sneezing'[9], rhinitis, nasal pruritus and epistaxis.

Older, large breed dogs appear more predisposed, although this may be a demographic related to urban culture of working dogs, which are more likely to become infested with foraging activity[10]. Occasionally, nasal discharge has been reported in dogs.

Vague upper respiratory signs and a transient minor increase in the number of eosinophils in peripheral blood may be noted[11]. In routine seroepidemiological studies, up to 10% of necropsied dogs in Norway were infected, with sinusitis a consistent postmortem finding[12].

Diagnosis is based on endoscopic visualization, nasal removal of larvae or response to treatment[13]. ELISA assays have also been developed[14].

Treatment is relatively effective with intranasal or parenteral administration of ivermectin, milbemycin oxime[15] or selamectin[16][17].


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