Mange is a common skin condition that can cause significant distress to your dog or cat. There are several forms of mange; each is caused by a specific type of mite. In each case, the animal’s skin becomes irritated causing the dog or cat to itch the area excessively. The problem will continue until it is diagnosed and treated properly. Unfortunately, the mites that cause mange are so small that they can only be seen with the use of a microscope. It is important to know the tell tale signs of mange as they are the only indication that a problem exists.
We will first discuss a form of the condition known as sarcoptic mange. Sarcoptic mange is a highly contagious form of mange, commonly referred to as scabies. Caused by the Sarcoptes Scabiei Canis mite, sarcoptic mange can spread rapidly between infected animals. Unfortunately, sarcoptic mange can even be spread to humans, causing the same severe itching and irritation. Fortunately, the mite is unable to reproduce on humans. The symptoms of sarcoptic mange include hair loss, intense itching/scratching, and often times the tip of the ear will be crusted over. A veterinarian will take a sample with a scraping of the skin, but can often times diagnose the problem quickly based on the animal’s appearance.
When a dog has been diagnosed with sarcoptic mange, in most cases they will receive weekly injections of Ivermetcin for up to a month. Depending on their breed, not all dogs can be treated with Ivermetcin and may need to be dipped in an insecticide. Ivermetcin and insecticide dips may treat the root of the problem, and ointments may be used to treat the sores on the skin. Cortisone helps a lot to stop itching. Additionally, every animal that has been exposed to sarcoptic mange must be treated, even if they don’t appear to be sick. The life cycle of the mite lasts several weeks and an animal may be infected without showing any symptoms. The entire household or environment needs to be cleaned as well to prevent future infestations.
The most common form of mange in dogs is demodectic, or Red Mange. Affecting young animals, generally puppies, demodectic mange is caused by the Demodex canis mite. Red mange is not contagious between dogs, puppies receive the mite from their mothers. If a puppy is born without the condition, there is no possibility they will ever have it. Unlike sarcoptic mange, demodectic mange is not transferable to humans.
Demodectic mange can be diagnosed if the young dog has one or several hairless areas on their body. Demodectic mange does not itch as much as sarcoptic mange but it is still a nuisance nonetheless. In most cases, demodectic mange will clear up on its own. Treatment may be sought to increase the rate of recovery. Generally, an insecticide dip will be prescribed to help kill the mites.
While all types of mange are results of a mite infestation, they are also the result of malnutrition or a weakened immune system. Most dog foods, regardless of price are cooked at high temperatures. The result is that the omega fatty acids and nutrients that were once in the food are no longer active. The use of supplements, especially those containing omega fatty acids help to fortify the animal’s immune system and ward off mite infestations. The IN® Diet Supplement has been around for over 20 years and has a longstanding history, backed by hundreds of testimonials for preventing and facilitating recovery from all types of mange. They can be found at IN Pet Supplements
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In this pet care video we will learn about demodectic mange , also referred to simply as Demodex, a common mite found in dogs. These mites can cause a variety of skin problems in some dogs, including hair loss.
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My dog might have a liver disease I am *NOT* giving him more chemicals.
do you think these are scams or know of something better?
those links are for nontoxic products
the holistic vet said sulfur. I have been giving it but it does take a long time for any skin problem.
Inga, yeah my vet(not holistic one) said the dip was a possibility but he said it’s toxic too.
marci- I didn’t TD you. but to be honest I don’t have confidence in any vet I’ve been to…between my other dog and her seizures I delt with this summer, watching the vets major FAIL like not even dx’ing her with seizures until they saw the videos I took, when I kept telling them IT IS SEIZURES (they insisted a FLEA ALLERGY when she had never had fleas!!) then how long it took to convince this one vet it’s sarcoptic mange, and the other vets just dismissed it because mites didn’t show up on the skin scrape (i read it’s almost impossible to see the mites on a skin scrape) So between my two dogs, $4000 later, sorry but I don’t trust vets one bit. The lied about vaccines, my dog got vaccinosis. They lied about prednisone, my dog couldn’t pick his head up on it and I wouldnt be surprised if it wasn’t prednisone that damaged his liver. So I’m doing things nontoxic from now on.
the holistic vet doesn’t believe in suppressing any skin condition…she says if you suppress it, it goes inside deeper..so she won’t recommend anything topical..
ok. I might do the heartworm injections still. if it’s really impossible to treat this without.
the sulfur is homeopathy and yeah I started it before I saw the holistic vet and it’s not helped yet.
he was taking pred i think 2 weeks but it was a large dose.
it’s just whenever I have trusted vets, they ended up hurting my dogs. it took me 4 weeks to find a vet who treated for sarcoptic mange because others didn’t believe it and drugged up my dogs with antibiotics and steroids?? that’s just so stupid to me.
thanks Inga..sleep well.
If I had to pick one it would be the first one. At least sulfur eventually helps. Not impressed with the second one at all. Why not ask your holistic vet? Your dog should be bathed in a sulfur product every three days for eight weeks. Systemic stuff isn’t going to touch this.
Note: I called a holistic vet friend of mine. I don’t know much about holistic medicine. She indicated to me that if you were her client, she’s recommend bathing your dog in a sulfur product once weekly. She would also recommend that any long hair be trimmed back to 1/4 " so that the product would have total access to the skin. The product would need to stay on the dog for at least 10 minutes to be effective. She says that she really doesn’t use sulfur chemicals much orally for skin issues. This is because the large amounts required orally for skin issues can cause some toxicities, including liver and kidney damage as well as blood cell deformities. She also told me that just because sulfur is "natural" it is still an elemental chemical. She told me that many "natural" treatments can cause as much if not more damage as pharmaceuticals and that all medications must be used with care and consideration.
Mange mites in pets
Though this skin problem is far more common in dogs, cats can and do get the mange. Mange is a skin illness that comes in a couple of forms and causes. It can be mild to terribly lingering and it’s always due to bugs. The bugs that cause this condition are mange mites. With this skin condition your cat will probably develop skin welts, itching, and in dreadful cases, the loss of big amounts of hair. Though there are a few mange mites that will affect both kittens and moggies of any age or breed, the commonest mange mites that will have an impact on your moggy is the Demodex canis, Sarcoptes canis, or Notoedres cati mites.
Diagnosing mange mites
So lots of caution should be used when dealing with and handling a dog which has been diagnosed as having this sort of mange mites. The mites can affect humans, too.The dog will have wild itching and patchy baldness. Generalized demodicosis is characterized by multiple hair loss patches on the head, legs, and trunk that coalesce to form large bald areas. In severe cases, vet intervention will be required. He will likely prescribe Ivermectin, which is given in 2 doses ( 2 weeks apart ). The mange mites will reproduce and when that occurs, there’ll be a sharp odour coming from the affected area.
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Natural treatment for mange mites
Treating your dog naturally is always the best way to go, but in harsh cases, it is best to make a trip to your vet. Your vet can recommend the best course of treatment. Your pet could also develop blisters and bleeding. Not merely will this kill the mange mites by suffocating them, it may also supply a relaxing touch to your dog’s inflamed skin. If you believe that your dog has mange mites, you’ll be wanting to turbo-charge your pets immune mechanism with herbal additions. Since dog mange can instantly become quite significant, for most satisfactory results, it is important to start using home cures as fast as you notice the start of a difficulty. Use more than one application of petrol jelly if required. Sadly only about twenty percent of the mange mites are on the surface of the skin meaning there’s an eight out of ten probability that the ditching will not show any mange mites. Bald patches of skin with zit like bumps are also common with mange. Infrequently there’ll be a yellowish crust round the bald spot especially on the ears. This is usually indicative of the presence of mange mites.
Treatment for mange mites
The best treatment for mange mites is prevention and that implies using products like Frontline and Advantix which act as mange mites repellents. There are other mange mites repellents available on the market. Preventing mange mites is cheaper than treating them. You can also prevent mange mites by cleaning your surroundings and the area where your pet lives. You just have to be vigilant and continue cleaning to prevent mites from burrowing into your pets.