How To Treat Mange In Dogs
What Is Mange in Dogs?
Mange, also known as canine scabies, is a skin condition caused by mites that are naturally and harmlessly living on your dog's skin. These mites live, without harm, on every healthy dog's skin and hair follicles. Sometimes, however, this mite population explodes because of certain events going on with your dog's health and he is unable to keep the mite population under control. This may be due to an under-developed or suppressed immune system and for this reason, it's not uncommon for dog mange to occur in younger dogs and puppies. The over-population of mites burrow 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 the help of medication prescribed by a veterinarian, and the application of Banixx, that your dog can overcome this condition.
How to Treat Mange in Dog with Banixx
Mange treatment requires a dual approach. You need...
- An anti-parasitic medication (obtained from your vet) to kill the mites that cause the mange.
- Banixx Pet Care to treat the open sores and rashes caused by your dog's endless scratching because of these pesky, itchy mites.
Banixx is a soothing, gentle first aid solution for a quick and painless 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 because 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. There is no conflict between the presribed medication (that will cure mange) and the topical use of Banixx and your pup will be happy that Banixx has no clinical odor nor any burn/sting. 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 are the Symptoms of Mange in Dogs?
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 and itching constantly. This type of skin trauma can result in inflamed skin and secondary skin infections such as open sores and rashes. 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. The good news is that this type of mange 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 is left 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. Find Banixx near you or buy online.
What Should I Do If I Think My Dog Has Mange?
If your dog is itchy, or you notice hair loss or bald spots, sores or scabs on his skin, take your dog to a veterinarian. Other signs that your dog might have canine mange are fever, loss of appetite and general lethargy. The veterinarian will perform a physical exam, analyze skin scrapings, and confirm by microscopic examination whether or not mange mites are present. It takes more than just the presence of mites to diagnose mange, however, since demodectic mites can be found on all healthy dogs - it's the skin lesions and infection, together with the mites, that confirm the diagnosis. The vet will then prescribe the appropriate anti-parasitic medication.
NOTE: If your dog is diagnosed with demodectic mange, you do NOT need to isolate him/her. She is not contagious. The reason that she has contracted mange is because her immune system is weak and has been over-run by the mites. It's also a compelling reason Not to breed the dog, as her immune system is faulty and it should not be passed on.
Dogs with sarcoptic mange are more tricky to diagnose, since the mites don't always show up in skin scrapings. A dog with this condition can be misdiagnosed as having allergic skin reactions - but then allergy medications don't do the job. It's not unusual for a vet to prescribe medicine for sarcoptic mange even if they don't have a positive diagnosis --then it's a wait and see plan to see if it works. By contrast, if your dog has a case of sarcoptic mange, your dog IS highly contagious to other animals and even to humans. You will need to isolate the dog, clean or replace all the bedding, disinfect the collar and any grooming items, feed bowls etc and thoroughly sanitize your home. At the same time it's a good idea to get your other pets tested too.
How Can I Prevent a Recurrence of Mange?
Unfortunately, there are no known ways to prevent mange from occurring or recurring. But there are a few things that you can do proactively.
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 to mange mites. If your dog is prone to mange or has issues with her immune system, do what you can to limit these types of interactions.
- 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 his skin for any signs of irritations, redness, rashes, or sores. And don’t forget his collar and bedding. A good hygiene regimen 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 re-check skin scrapes to ensure the mites have been eradicated. Find Banixx near you or buy online.
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The two most common forms of mange are Demodectic mange and Sarcoptic 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. Find Banixx near you or buy online.
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.