Symptoms and Treatments of Mange in Dogs


Mange is a skin disease that causes continual trouble to the animals, including dogs. It’s usually referred to as canine scabies, which results in itching and hair loss. There are different types of mite (a very small animal similar to a spider) available, not all, the one which affects the dogs, in the same way. Some may cause a real problem. Even, some types of mites are easily found out on our dogs. Generally, they live happily and equally on the skin. So, they are effortlessly transmitted and pass on the skin without effects. According to the infections in the skin, treatment of mange in dogs vary from long-term to short-term duration. For a full recovery and prevention from mange, every dog owners need to know the sign and the ways to treat it well.

What is Manage?

Mange is essentially known as a bloodsucker which consists of small mites. A Sarcoptic Mange and Demodectic Mange are the two types of mange mites. The first type is small and light in color. Because of its microscopic size, they can easily overpopulate and transmit bacteria from one dog’s body to another dog’s body and are occasionally communicable to humans. We can’t say whether our dogs are affected by them or not by just looking them. They mainly cause the skin infections on our dogs. Legs, ears, face and elbows are the most important areas, where it forms on the skin.

The second Demodectic Mange type is different from all types of mites and all the dogs naturally carry this type around. We know that, all our dogs are not born with any disease while few may come under the list. Likewise, dogs are not born with this skin disease, they get them from their blood relations. When their mother holds and carries them around for a few weeks in their life, then the infection starts spreading from them. Dog’s spreads these types of mange mites to each other. Yet the cats and the humans are not able to do it. The demodectic mange mites are coming with three different kinds from minor to major.

  • Localized demodectic mange: This mange mite occurs in a small part of the dog’s body, which mostly affects the face. It causes irritation to the skin and hair follicles. Even, balding patches and a polka-dot appear on the infected skin. This type is commonly seen in young pups. Only ten percent of cases need a treatment and most of them clear up on its own.
  • Generalized demodicosis mange: This type of demodicosis mange mite generally infects the larger part of the dog’s body. When the bacterial infections are rest in the entire skin, the areas which are affected became incredibly itchy. And it also starts giving a very bad smell. These signs lead to severe problems such as genetic issues and affects the compromised immune system. Exactly, this type of demodicosic needs a treatment, which depends on the age of the dogs.
  • Podedermatitis demodicosis mange: This type is one of the rare forms of demodicosis, along with the treatment-resistant. This form affects only the foot; sometimes cause a secondary bacterial infection. Biopsies are necessary, to find out that where the mites are exactly rested on the skin. Even it will be considered before a full diagnosis and a treatment approach.

Symptoms of Manage in Dogs

Mange comes from mites. So, we may assume that all types of mange shows the same symptoms. But in fact, different mites bring different symptoms. So, it is very important to know all the possible symptoms, which would affect our dogs. Before going to a treatment, we have to decide that what kind of mange infects our dogs.

Demodectic mange

  • Hair loss.
  • Scabs and scores.
  • Balding areas.
  • Itchiness and scratching.

Sarcoptic mange

  • Hair loss.
  • Restlessness.
  • Sores and scabs.
  • Severe itching, which can cause excessive scratching.
  • Redness and swelling of the skin.

Diagnosis and Treatment for Mange

It is not easy to spot the mange, because they are not like fleas which can be spotted after examining our dogs. It is impossible to see with our human eye. It is possible only with the help of the microscope. If we found that our dog is suffering from mange, then we can call the vetenerian as soon as possible for the solution. And the vet will do a full physical check up and scrape the dog’s skin for further test.

Sometimes, the vet may also try to see the mites in dog’s body through the microscope. And all these analyses are not enough to diagnose the mange mites. While, mites are buried deep in the skin of the dogs, the vet feels very difficult to find the spot of the mite. In that case, they read the entire history of the dog. And before making their diagnosis, they look for clinical signs.

If our dogs would suffer from sarcoptic manage, we need to follow some proper treatment, to treat it well. In order to avoid the spreding of mites, the affected dogs are kept aside from other pets and human. Anti-parasitic medications and an anti-inflammatory are recommended for our dogs. Because Anti-parasitic helps to kill the parasites on our dog’s skin.  And an anti-inflammatory will stop itching and scratching. Yet, only four weeks are enough for this treatment.

Although for demodectic mange, isolation is not necessary. Mostly, prescribed medicines help our dogs from infections. And prescribed medicated shampoo helps our dogs from any heal infections. Before using any kind of shampoo for our dogs, approach the vet for some better precautions. And some medicines are poisonous to our dogs when we used in excess and it leads to a bad situation.

These treatments require only a short duration to treat the dogs which is suffering from mites and it fully recover the dogs from infections. This treatment, especially suits for younger dogs. However, dogs from middle-aged and elder one requires a long-term treatment to mange disease. What type of treatment is being given is not a matter. Every pet owner would have to take their pets to the vet for every two weeks to keep on the record that the disease is going worst or not.

All of these above treatment methods need a vet prescription, so even if we are sure that our dogs are suffering from any signs of mange, it is important to take them to the vet to arrange the proper protocol. Mange is an inconvenient disease for dogs, it is essential to help them from mange and never let the condition to be untreated, suppose it leads to major problems to the skin and hair follicles.


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