Mange in Dogs: Spotting the Signs & How to Treat
Mange can affect any dog at any time, but did you know that this parasitic infection can reveal a lot more about your dog's health than you ever realised?
Mange is a type of inflammatory skin disease caused by tiny parasitic mites on dogs and there are two basic types of mange, sarcoptic and demodectic, which have separate symptoms and causes.
Sarcoptic mange, as pictured below, is highly contagious and caused by the Sarcoptes scabiei mite which burrows through the dog's skin causing intense itching and irritation. It's the scratching which causes the majority of the dog's hair to fall out, and although highly contagious to other animals (and humans) it is treatable.
Demodicosis mange is an inflammatory disease in dogs caused by various types of the Demodex mite, also known as 'red mange', is the most common form of mange in dogs and is linked to problems with the dog's immune system and hair loss. It is caused by the Demodex canis, a parasite shaped like a cigar with eight legs that lives in the hair follicles of dogs.
Dogs that are sensitive to the demodectic mites may develop a few (less than 5) isolated lesions in specific areas (rather than spread all over) or they may have more than 5 lesions (which will appear across the entire body or entire region of the body where the lesions are). Most lesions in either form develop after four months of age and signs of demodectic mange usually involve hair loss, crusty or red skin and at times a greasy or moist appearance from the roots. Usually, hair loss, the first sign, begins around the muzzle, eyes, and other areas on the head.
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It's important to tell the difference and spot the signs of each, to understand how best to treat to help ease your dog's discomfort in the long run.
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