Chronic progressive lymphedema (CPL) is a disease of some breeds of draft horse, whereby Infestations with the mange mite Chorioptes equi are very itchy , and lead to self-trauma and dermatitis. The quality of the hoof is often poor; hooves. Learn about the veterinary topic of Mange in Horses. Find specific details on this topic and related topics from the MSD Vet Manual. Introduction. Chorioptes bovis are surface mites of the skin surface of horses and cattle mainly, but also affect goats, sheep and rabbits.

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Chorioptic Mange in Horses

Mite digging causes skin irritation, which is enhanced by allergic reactions to the saliva that develop a few weeks after infestation. Some of the oral medications include moxidectin, bromocyclen, milbemycin oxime, amitraz, and ivermectin. They are not transmitted to humans. If thick scabs and crusts are present the product should eqiu vigorously brushed on the affected skin for the acaricide to be able to penetrate the thickened skin and reach the mites.

Off the host chorioptess mites survive only a few days because they are very choriopyes to dryness. Also in this site: Also, the veterinarian will need you to walk your horse around to watch the way the joints and muscles work while in motion. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Chronic progressive lymphedema CPL is a disease of some breeds of draft horsewhereby choriopted lower legs becomes progressively more swollen.

Horses with long hairs on the fetlocks are especially at risk. Harm to horses can be substantial. In the past it was thought that they pierce the skin of their hosts.

Pathologic basis of veterinary disease 6th ed. For reasons yet unknown, a few mites often survive such unfavorable summer conditions in a few animals within a herd, without showing any clinical signs.


Once the herd goes back to the winter quarters in fall, these animals will transmit the mites to the rest of the herd if preventive measures are not taken. Today it is believed that they do not pierce the skin, but that the mite feces cause an allergic reaction of the host’s skin, which reacts producing exudations and skin thickening and hardening lichenification with formation of papules, scales and crusts excoriationsoften with hair loss.


The affected skin develops pimples and papules that become crustywith massive hair lossprogressive hardening and thickeningand building of large folds.

Treatment of Chorioptic Mange in Horses.

Lastly, radiographs x-rays will be done to be sure there are no underlying illnesses. Development Upload chorioptex Commons.

Signs of leg mange that are reported most often include: Outbreaks usually peak in late winter and early spring. The cause of CPL is not known, although it is suspected that a genetic disorder of elastin metabolism prevents the lymphatic vessels from functioning properly, leading to edema of the lower limbs. Therefore, where mange is known to be a problem, it is highly recommended to preventively treat animals kept in herds in late autumn. If the affected horses are otherwise weakened infestations may become harmful and cause more or less severe skin lesions.

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They may infest the whole body surface. This page has been accessed 22, times. They cause irritation by feeding, which leads to the chroioptes rubbing itself and creating lesions. But there are no external vectors that transmit the mites, e. This causes injuries that can become infected with secondary bacteria and attract other parasites e.

Chronic progressive lymphedema

The females lay their eggs on the skin surface around the edge of a skin lesion. An adult chorioptes bovis mite is less than one millimeter long so you cannot see them with the naked eye.


Leg chorioptic mange is the most common type of mange and is caused by the chorioptes bovis formerly Chorioptes equi mite. Views Read View source View history.

Book First Walk Free! Navigation menu Personal tools Unlike other mites, demodectic mites do not cause itching and the affected animals are not severely affected.

Control of Flies Biol. However most commercial brands containing macrocyclic lactones for horses do not include a label claim for mite control.

Sarcoptes mites of most domestic mammals and other mite species too can be contagious for humanscausing the so-called pseudoscabiescharacterized by intense itch. Infestations start often on the head, spread to the neck and the shoulders and may cover the whole body within a few weeks. Click here to learn more about the general biology of mites. For all these reasons, keeping the animals well fed and in good health and hygienic conditions is crucial to reduce the risk of winter outbreaks, or at least to limit the harm that such outbreaks can cause.

Because chorioptes bovis mites are so hard to get rid of, you will probably have to treat your horse several times. CanisFelisLapis or Equis. Demodex mites can survive up to 4 months off the host. Control of Ticks Biol. Chorioptic mange is also a typical winter pest in regions wilt a cold winter. Psoroptic mites are not as harmful for horses as they are for sheep. The symptoms of leg mange depend on the severity of the infestation and how long the mites have been there. This means that it can be transmitted to humans.