How Do I Treat My Dogs Mange or Mange in Dogs
Control of Mange in Dogs requires an anti-parasitic medication such as Ivermectin, to kill the mites (that cause the mange). This is not unpleasant for your dog and thus is easily accepted. However, for the secondary bacterial infection or itchy skin caused by mange, Banixx is a soothing, gentle first aid in the recovery of even the more severe cases.
Mites are easily diagnosed by your Veterinarian and come in different varieties with different treatment options. Generally, results will be seen in a matter of weeks or less. Note: Banixx alone will not solve the mange problem (Banixx is not an anti-parasite). Banixx used in conjunction with the medication prescribed by your Veterinarian will make this a painless, easy experience.
What Causes Mange in Dogs?
All dogs raised normally by their mothers possess demodectic mange mites (Demodex Canis), which are transferred from mother to pup via cuddling during the first few days of life. Most dogs live in harmony with their mites, never suffering any consequences.
There are three types of demodectic mange that affect canines. Localized cases occur when these mites proliferate in one or two small, confined areas. This results in isolated scaly bald patches usually on the dog's face creating a polka-dot appearance, approximately 90% of cases resolve with no treatment of any kind.
Generalized demodectic mange, in contrast, affects larger areas of skin or a dog’s entire body. Secondary bacterial infections make this a very itchy and often smelly skin disease. Treatment depends on the age at which the dog developed the disease.
One of the most resistant forms of mange, demodectic pododermatitis is confined to the foot and accompanied by bacterial infections. Deep biopsies are often required to locate these mites and make a proper diagnosis.
General Symptoms of Mange in Dogs?
The symptoms of mange depend on which type of mite is present. Demodectic mange tends to cause hair loss, bald spots, scabbing and sores. Secondary bacterial infections can make demodectic mange an itchy and uncomfortable disease.
Sarcoptic mange tends to cause intense itching. It can result in restlessness and frantic scratching, symptoms that generally appear one week after exposure. It also can result in hair loss, reddened skin, body sores, and scabs. The most commonly affected areas are a dog’s ears, elbows, face, and legs, but it can rapidly spread to the entire body.
What Should I Do If I Think My Dog Has Mange?
Take your dog to a veterinarian, who will perform a physical exam, analyze skin scrapings and try to confirm the presence of mange mites with a microscope.
How Is Mange Treated?
Depending on the type of mange and the breed of your dog, medication may be given orally or applied topically. Your vet may prescribe an antiparasitic medication. Banixx may be used to ease itching, inflammation and secondary skin infections. Results are usually seen after a few weeks or less...
Is Demodectic Mange Contagious?
Current thinking is that Demodex mites can be transferred from one dog to another but as long as the dog is healthy, the mites simply add to the dog's natural mite population and no skin disease results.
How Can I Prevent a Recurrence of Mange?
If your dog has been diagnosed with sarcoptic mange, you’ll need to thoroughly clean or replace his bedding and collar and treat all animals in contact.
If you suspect a neighbor’s dog may be infected, keep your pets away to keep the disease at bay.
Bring your dog to the vet periodically as recommended for recheck skin scrapes to ensure the mites have been eradicated.
For full article please go to http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/mange-dogs-canine-scabies?page=3 (Source = WebMD Veterinary Reference)