Demodectic mange can begin as a localized infestation and then develop into a greater generalized case with multiple hair-loss sites all over the dog’s head, legs, and body. This is a far more serious condition and does require your immediate attention.
The dog’s skin is now very sore, crusty, and oozing; the hair follicles are clogged with mange mites and debris. If chosen, veterinary treatment is often extended and requires repeated bathing in medicated shampoo and application of various insecticide poisons to try to kill the mites.
I simply recommend cleaning and bathing and/or shampooing with Safe Solution’s Tweetmint or their Pet Wash or their new Mange R Gone Shampoo and giving your pet some food-grade DE on a daily basis.
Treatment depends on type of Mange
The problem is that most of the skin diseases that people mistakenly call “the mange” usually turn out to be simply allergic or bacterial skin infection problems which require a very different medical “treatment” than is used to try to control mange. It used to be important to find out exactly which type of mange your pet had because the poison “treatment” often was quite different.
I never recommend the use of any toxic medications or insecticide or miticide (also called Acaricide) posions. I only recommend proper cleaning and bathing either in Safe Solutions Tweetmint Enzyme cleaner, their Pet Wash or their new Mange R Gone Shampoo.
Now, the correct diagnosis is no longer so vital because the Safe Solutions products all do a great job not only eliminating all types of mange they also remove fleas, ticks and many odors including skunk!
Note: Safe Solution’s products when used as a treatment for mange and/or fleas is safe even when used on a few day old kittens! In addition, I recommend you feed your pet a higher quality organic diet and Safe Solutions food-grade DE and pet vitamins, and/or fatty acid supplements to help improve the general health of your pet’s skin and to help heal their immune system and help speed their healing.
Sarcoptic Mange Diagnosis and Treatment
Sarcoptic mange (Scabies) also known as canine (dog) scabies, is a highly contagious infestation of Sarcoptes scabiei canis, an oval shaped, light-colored, microscopic burrowing mite. This canine sarcoptic mite can also infest cats, pigs, horses, sheep, and various other species.
The ticks or mites that cause scabies and sarcoptic mange are all in the family Saropitidae. They all dig into and through the top layer of the skin, causing intense itching from an allergic reaction to these mites, and create a crusting that can quickly become bacterially infected.
Hair loss and crusting frequently appear first on the dog’s elbows and ears. Skin damage can then occur from the dogs intense scratching and biting. Secondary skin infections are also then more common. Dogs with chronic sarcoptic mange are often in poor physical condition.
In both animals and humans, immune suppression from starvation or improper diet or any other disease or cause can literally create the conditions conducive for this type of mange to quickly develop into a highly crusted form in which the burden of infested mites is far higher than are found in healthy specimens of people or animals!
Symptoms of Sarcoptic Mange
The sarcoptic female mites cause the characteristic intense itching as they burrow under the dog’s skin to lay their eggs. The eggs hatch in a few days, develop into adults, and begin laying their own eggs in less than three weeks.
Dogs with active saracoptic scabies dig and bite at themselves with great ferocity. Their skin reacts with oozing sores, and secondary infections often set in, which then require and additional medical or alternative treatments in addition to the toxic poisons or alternative treatments that were used to “control” the mites.
Unfortunately, the sarcoptic mange mite can be difficult to find in skin scrapings, and unless the veterinarian parts the hair and carefully examines the bare skin for the characteristic pin-point bite marks, a proper diagnosis is very difficult.
Furthermore, the presence of a secondary skin infections can further hamper the vet’s search for the mite bite marks. Telltale signs of visible sarcoptic mange are crusty ear tips, fierce itching, and hair loss, particularly on the ears, elbows, legs, and face in the early stages. Later on, left untreated, the hair loss spreads throughout the dog’s entire body.
Sarcoptic mange is very contagious both to other near-by canines and to humans. If the dogs share sleeping places or if the infected dog sleeps on your beds or furniture, everyone will soon begin scratching. It is not unheard of for the family dog to infest your children, then for your children to infest their playmates, and the playmates to then infest their own pets and their parents with sarcoptic mange (dog scabies).
Fortunately, dog scabies in humans is self-limiting, that is the dog mites can temporarily burrow under your skin and cause itching, but they cannot complete their life cycle on/in humans and will slowly die out within a few weeks.
Sarcoptic Mange in Dogs
There are several medications that are effective against Sarcoptes. Your veterinarian will discuss the best treatment for your pet’s condition and lifestyle. Antibiotics to treat skin infections as well as anti-itch medications are often given to help with relief of itching during treatment.
Sarcoptic Mange: Save Your Dog from Scabies
Medicinal baths: Our preferred and the most effective treatment is to bath the dog regularly in chemical shampoos.
Mite Infestation (Mange, Scabies) in Dogs
Not all dogs have signs when they are infested with sarcoptic mange mites. Usually, though, the animal will have intense itching that comes on suddenly.
Mange in Dogs: What You Need to Know Treatment of Mange In Dogs
- Hair clipping.
- Dipping to cleanse and heal skin: Baths in medicated shampoos on a weekly basis will help heal and soften skin.
Demodectic Mange in Dogs
The localized form is usually treated with topical medication. The generalized form requires more aggressive treatment using special shampoos and dips.
How to Recognize, Treat, and Prevent Mange in Dogs
To help take care of the itch while the mites are being killed off, vets often prescribe medications to relieve itching, discomfort.
Mange on Dog – Symptoms, Prevention & Treatment
Two consecutive monthly treatments of NexGard or NexGard SPECTRA are recommended for sarcoptic mange. Demodex treatment with NexGard or NexGard SPECTRA.
Does My Dog Have Mange?
In many cases, demodectic mange clears up on its own. More severe cases may need to be treated long-term with medication and regular skin care.
What Is Mange In Dogs? Treatment, Home Remedies
What Is The Best Home Remedy For Dog Mange?
- Brush the fur to help remove scaly skin and scabs (check out these brushes).
- Apply two tablespoons of plain yogurt.
How to Treat Demodectic Mange in Dogs
The approved treatments for mange (demodex) are sulfurated lime or amitraz, but when they are not effective, veterinarians may recommend using high doses.
Mange Infestation in Dogs
Treatment should include all dogs and other animals that have been in contact with one another. It may be necessary to clip the hair. Mites can be found quite easily in skin scrapings. Treatment consists of both topical and systemic therapies.
Sarcoptic Mange: Save Your Dog’s Skin from Scabies
Sponge bathing your dog with a Borax and hydrogen peroxide solution is a popular treatment for mange. Hydrogen peroxide and Borax together might help.
Treatment for mange focuses on eliminating the mites, treating any secondary bacterial infection caused by the mites. Examples of suitable products include sprays (fipronil), washes (lime sulphur dip), spot-on products (selamectin, imidacloprid/moxidectin).
How to Treat Demodectic Mange in Puppies
Antibiotic therapy is required to fight any secondary skin infections that develop: regular baths with exfoliating shampoos.