How To Treat Mange In Dogs

Dog Mange Treatment Remedy

Treatment for mange in dogs requires a dual approach.  You need…

  1.  An anti-parasitic medication (obtained from your vet) to kill the mites that cause the mange.
  2.  Banixx Pet Care to treat the the open sores and rashes caused by your dog’s endless scratching.

Banixx is a soothing, gentle first aid solution in the recovery of these rashes/sores and infections. Mites are easily diagnosed by a quick trip to your veterinarian and the treatment is relatively straightforward and painless. Generally, results will be seen in a matter of weeks or less. (Note: Banixx alone will not solve the mange problem as it is not an anti-parasitic). Moreover, Banixx used in conjunction with the medication prescribed by your Veterinarian will make this a trouble-free, easy experience. Sometimes, however, seasonal allergies may cause your dog to lose areas of hair.  This can be mistaken for mange, but your veterinarian will diagnose this in short order.

What Is Mange in Dogs?

Mange, also known as canine scabies, is a skin condition caused by mites that are living on your dog’s skin. These mites naturally live on every healthy dog’s skin and hair follicles. Sometimes this mite population explodes because the dog is unable to keep the mite population under control, usually due to an under-developed or suppressed immune system.  For this reason, it’s not uncommon for dog mange to occur in younger dogs and puppies.   The over-population of mites bury into the dog’s skin and causes irritation and severe itchiness, crustiness and scabbing.  It is only by getting the mite population back under control, with medication prescribed by a veterinarian,  that a dog with mange can overcome this serious condition.

What Causes Mange in Dogs?

Mange in Dogs

Mange in Dogs

The most common forms of mange are Demodectic mange and Sarcoptic mange.

Demodectic mange

All dogs raised normally by their mothers possess Demodectic mange mites, 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.

Demodectic mange (also called “red mange”) is by far the most common type of mange seen by veterinarians.  There are 3 types:

— Localized cases occur when these mites multiply rapidly, out of control, in confined areas. This infection results in isolated scaly bald patches usually on the dog’s face creating a polka-dot appearance.  Approximately 90% of these cases resolve with no treatment of any kind.

— Generalized demodectic mange, in contrast, affects larger areas of skin or a dog’s entire body. This type of mange can result in sores, rashes and infections on your dog due to your dog’s frenzied, endless scratching.  It’s a very itchy condition for your dog and often smelly (due to the infection).  Consultation with your Veterinarian is recommended.

—  Demodectic pododermatitis mange, one of the most resistant forms of demodectic mange, is confined to the foot and accompanied by bacterial infections. Deep veterinary biopsies are often required to locate these mites and make a proper diagnosis. Click here to find a store near you that carries Banixx or buy Banixx online.

Sarcoptic mange

Sarcoptic Mange is highly contagious and often contracted from other dogs.  Caused by the Sarcoptes scabie mite, these mites are more difficult to diagnose and treat.  It can spread to other pets and humans too, so it’s a good idea to treat all of your pets if your Vet suspects this variety.  These mites prefer areas with little hair such as armpits, ears, belly or groin, so they may go undetected for a longer period of time.  Left untreated, they can easily affect your dog’s entire body and your dog may end up scratching so much that it causes sores and open wounds.  These open sores and self-inflicted wounds, in turn, become infected.  It’s bad news!  Diagnosis is made via skin scrapings but these mites are often difficult to find so a more common treatment is the regular mange treatment.

What are the Symptoms of Mange in Dogs?

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Dog with Mange

Demodectic mange  causes symptoms such as hair loss, bald spots, scabbing, open sores and often a terrible smell.  It can also lead to ear infections. This type of canine mange can affect larger areas of your dog’s body.  Your dog will let you know how uncomfortable he feels by scratching constantly.  This type of skin trauma can result in inflamed skin and secondary skin infections for your dog.  Although puppies generally have little or no adverse reactions to this type of mite, dogs with inadequate immune systems, regardless of age, may become quite ill with this type of mange.  The good news is that this type of mange it is not contagious to other animals or humans.

Sarcoptic mange, however, is highly contagious to other animals and even humans.  The symptoms  are similar to demodectic mange – your dog could experience hair loss, reddened skin, open body sores and scabs – but these symptoms are generally focused on smaller areas of the body, such as ears, elbows, back, hocks, face, legs and abdomen. If it goes untreated, Sarcoptic mange can spread to the entire body.  The Sarcoptic mange mites are intensely itchy and your dog will be in a frenzy with continuous scratching and itching.  Click here to find a store near you that carries Banixx or buy Banixx online.

What Should I Do If I Think My Dog Has Mange?

Take your dog to a veterinarian.  He/she will perform a physical exam, analyze skin scrapings, and confirm by microscopic examination whether or not mange mites are present and prescribe the relevant anti-parasitic medication.

How To Treat Mange In Dogs

Lots of our customers ask us how to get rid of mange. Depending on the type of mange and the breed/age of your dog, the prescribed medication for mange treatment may be given orally or applied topically. Rest assured, Banixx may be used in partnership with the prescribed medication to ease itching, inflammation, and ease the open, unpleasant skin sores and infections.  There is no conflict between the prescribed medication and Banixx; moreover, your pup will be happy that Banixx has no added odor or burn/sting. Results are usually seen after a few weeks or less.

How Can I Prevent a Recurrence of Mange?

what does mange look like on a dog

What Does Mange Look Like on a Dog?

The ugly truth is that the most common cause of the mange on your dog is his exposure to another infected animal.  Dogs are often thought of as family members, but to fit in our busy schedules, we often rely on outside services to meet their needs.  Doggie day cares and spas, dog parks, dog pet “resorts,” dog walkers, dog sitters, groomers, and mega pet stores are just a few examples of where dogs may be exposed mange mites. Click here to find a store near you that carries Banixx or buy Banixx online.

Although it is difficult to isolate your dog from exposure, there are a few things you can do to help him..

  • Keep your dog on a regular, healthy, feeding schedule, with lots of water and exercise to boost a healthy and strong immune system.
  • Give your dog regular baths, carefully examining their skin for any signs of irritations, redness, rashes, or sores. And don’t forget their collars and bedding.  A good hygiene regiment goes a long way in combating a whole “host” of problems with your pets.
  • 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.

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