Mange is still a very common problem among dogs these days. Mange in dogs is caused by parasitic mites living and breeding on your dog. The three most common types of mange in dogs is sarcoptic, demodectic, and cheyletiella. All three result in severe skin conditions that can be harmful for your dog if left untreated, but not all create intense dog itchy skin.
Typical symptoms of mange include hair loss and scaly, crusty skin. All mange is, however, VERY uncomfortable for your dog and should be treated by your vet as soon as possible to avoid serious harm to your dog.
For the most part, dogs that get mange are typically not in the greatest of health, are overly stressed, or extremely young or old. Most healthy dogs’ immune systems are able to keep this parasite, the mite, in check. See How Does A Dog Get Mange for more details.
Sarcoptic mange in dogs is often referred to as scabies. Sarcoptic mites breed very quickly and will eventually cover your entire pet if not treated. Treating mange in dogs with the sarcoptic mite is best done with veterinary assistance.
Demodectic mange in dogs is often called red mange. It is most commonly found in puppies and older dogs that have immune system problems or are stressed. As with sarcoptic mange, diagnosis and treatment should be done with veterinary assistance.
Cheyletiella mange is caused by a large mite that is visible to the naked eye; both sarcoptic and demodectic mites are not visible to the naked eye. This type of mange is usually successfully treated by using flea insecticides containing pyrethrins, permethrins, or fipronil.
Is Mange Contagious?
All 3 types of mange are contagious to some degree.
However, luckily for humans, the mites that live on dogs can only survive for several days and are unable to reproduce in humans.
Now there are mites, which are a different subspecies from the ones that live in dogs, that DO live and reproduce on humans causing human scabies – but you can’t get human scabies from your dog’s mites, you can only get it from the subspecies that can live on humans.
Our suffering from canine mites will only last for a week or two. Whereas, without proper treatment, dog mange will persist and your dog will suffer from the pain of these mites.
Help Ease the Itching Associated With Mange With Natural Remedies
Your dog’s skin is especially sensitive when infested with mites. Try using a natural dog shampoo, such as Defendex™ Shampoo, to ease the itching and inflammation due to these mites.
Refer to Dog Itching Remedies for more information on how different all-natural ingredients can help soothe the skin and protect against further infections.
==> If you have multiple pets and one develops mange, all of your pets need to be taken to the vets for diagnosis. Sometimes, even though other pets are not affected by the mites, they must still have the same dog mange treatment to keep from re-infestation. <==