Pneumonyssoides caninum, the canine nasal mite, reported for the first time in a fox (Vulpes vulpes)

Vet Parasitol. 1997 Dec 31;73(3-4):291-7. doi: 10.1016/s0304-4017(97)00120-9.


This is the first report describing the finding of the canine nasal mite, Pneumonyssoides caninum, in a silver fox (Vulpes vulpes). It is also the first time P. caninum has been found in a species other than the dog (Canis familiaris). A severely debilitated 10-month-old, male silver fox was euthanised due to suspected renal failure. During autopsy, a female mite matching the description of P. caninum was found in the nasal cavity of the fox. The finding of P. caninum in the fox suggests the existence of a new host, or at the very least a transient host. The fox's role in maintaining and/or propagating canine nasal mite infection needs to be explored.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Dogs / parasitology*
  • Euthanasia
  • Female
  • Foxes / parasitology*
  • Male
  • Mite Infestations / classification
  • Mite Infestations / veterinary*
  • Mites / anatomy & histology
  • Mites / classification*
  • Nasal Cavity / parasitology*