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Can you catch scabies from a dog or cat?

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Dogs and cats are infected by different types of mites than those which infect humans. Animals are not a source of spread of human scabies. Scabies on dogs is called mange. When canine or feline mites land on human skin, they fail to thrive and produce only a mild itch that goes away on its own. This is unlike human scabies which gets worse and worse unless the condition is treated.

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Whoever answered this question is wrong, and I'm curious as to what their medical credentials may be. Family Nurse Practicioners see this stuff all the time, and it's quite common. 
Scarpotic mange and demodectic mange can be both  transmitted to humans from pets by contact with infected bedding, petting the infected animal and furniture. 

Scarpotic mange will manifest as scabies in humans, and demodectic mange as demodex mites. 

5 percent permetherin cream left on for 7-14 hours is the standard treatment. 
Washing all bedding and  clothing  in hot water and drying on high is critical to avoid re-infection. 
A full vacuum of the house is needed, and anything that cannot be washed can be put in the dryer on high for at least 30 minutes or frozen for 24 hours. 
Spraying upholstery with OTC  lice spray will get rid of the mites on the couch and mattress, although covering the mattress with a bed bug zip cover after spraying helps prevent re-infection. 

For the first few days make sure all bedding and worn clothing  is washed and dried as the mites die. 

Most importantly, if there is an infected animal- take it to the vet for treatment as well.
I've met one too many clueless pet owners who let their animals suffer through mange and other problems. 

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