Acarus Siro or the flour mite is a pest of stored grains and animal feedstuffs that can be found in many species of grain and flour mites.
More about Acarus Siro:
The most prevalent species of food-borne mite is this flour mite. Actually, Acarus Siro is a type of storage mite.
Grain, flour, and animal feedstuffs are contaminated by flour mites, which also spread pathogenic bacteria and produce dust that contains allergens. Foods get an unpleasant taste and a sickeningly sweet odor.
Animals that are fed feeds and are infected exhibit lower feed intake, diarrhea, small intestine inflammation, and poor growth.
Humans may be bitten by the mites occasionally, which may result in Baker's itch, a cutaneous allergic reaction.
Like people, dogs can develop allergies to anything. Here are some common allergies dogs can develop:
Even while some occurrences of these allergies can result in uncomfortable symptoms, a flour mite allergy is not that common in dogs, but it could happen.
Where Acarus Siro, the flour mite, can be found?
Storage mites thrive in environments where there is moisture or increased humidity but are most frequently found in dry food items such as flour, grains, dried fruits, cereal, and dry dog and cat foods. Most contamination of dry pet food by storage mites occurs once the bags have been opened.
What do I do if my dog is allergic to storage mites aka Acarus Siro?
Actually, you should consult your veterinarian to identify the allergy that you observed in your dog's symptoms.
Dogs with Acarus Siro may exhibit comparable symptoms to those caused by dust mites:
- Red and watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Excessive licking
- An irritated throat that snores
- Breathing heavily
So the first step you have to take is to determine whether your dog is allergic to Acarus Siro or any other dust mite, by consulting your veterinarian.
The appropriate treatment and medication will then be recommended by your veterinarian.
How you can get rid of Acarus Siro:
- Reduce humidity
- Get rid of dust
- Store your dog's dry food and unopened canned food in a cool & dry place, at a temperature that is less than 80 F.
To reduce the danger of contamination or allergy at Acarus Siro, commercial dry pet meals should be stored indoors and sealed.
Pasquale Trematerra, James Throne, in Durum Wheat (Second Edition), 2012
Olivry, T., Mueller, R.S. Critically Appraised Topic on Adverse Food Reactions of Companion Animals (8): Storage Mites in Commercial Pet foods. BMC Vet Res 15, 385 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12917-019-2102-7
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