This is a contagious and zoonotic mite. This means it can be passed from human to pet and from pet to human readily. It is most commonly caught from contact with foxes, or from contact with areas used by foxes, although in some cases a cause is not found. Scabies is typically intensely itchy and can develop quite quickly. Scabies is most commonly diagnosed by taking scrapings from the skin surface and examining the obtained scale under the microscope. In some cases it can be difficult to find and a trial of therapy maybe instituted, as treatment for scabies only takes a few weeks. Scabies can be reasonably readily treated with a number of products, including oral liquids, topical ‘top spots’ and rinses.