A: The short answer is you can’t know for sure unless you do a lot of testing. In fact, often when treatment is prescribed for demodectic mange, there is a simultaneous secondary infection which goes undiagnosed. EcoMange acts as a natural broad-spectrum disinfectant and treats the majority of infections, so you don’t have to know exactly what is causing your dog’s skin condition to cure it.
Demodectic Mange in Dogs | petMD
Whether it is demodetic or sarcoptic mange, mange in dogs arises when a dog’s immune system is not equipped to handle a surplus population of mites. For the most part, mange predominantly affects very young puppies, very old dogs, or dogs whose immune systems are weakened or compromised by the stresses of mistreatment or neglect. In certain breeds, such as , , , , , , , , , and , among others, susceptibility or predisposition to demodetic mange might be genetic, but that does not make it common.
Mange in Dogs (Canine Scabies): Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
Here’s a primer on the two most common types of mange in dogs — sarcoptic and demodectic — in compare and contrast style.Sarcoptic Mange — infection of the skin with the microscopic, parasitic mite Sarcoptes scabei. is contagious, and most dogs catch the disease via direct contact with an infected individual. People and cats can also be transiently infected.Demodectic Mange — overgrowth of mites, Demodex sp., that are normally found in small numbers in a dog’s skin. is usually diagnosed in young dogs without fully functioning immune systems, or in dogs that are otherwise immunocompromised. Demodectic mange is not contagious.Sarcoptic Mange — extreme itchiness with hair loss and red scaly skin that typically start in sparsely-haired areas like the ear flaps, elbows, and abdomen, but can spread to the entire body without effective treatment.Demodectic Mange — patchy hair loss with relatively normal looking skin underneath is the hallmark of the most common, localized form of the demodectic mange. Mild to moderate itching may or may not be present. In more severe, generalized cases, hair loss may be wide-spread, the skin obviously abnormal, and itchiness severe.Sarcoptic Mange — if skin scrapings reveal the mite, a diagnosis of sarcoptic mange is easily reached. However, dogs may react so intensely to a small number of mites that skin scrapings can be falsely negative. A tentative diagnosis is often reached based on a dog’s clinical signs and response to treatment.Demodectic Mange — multiple skin scrapings usually will reveal the presence of higher than normal numbers of mites.Sarcoptic Mange — dips, injections, oral drugs, and spot-on treatments can all be used to treat sarcoptic mange. Determining which option is best depends on a dog’s breed, health, and other considerations, but my favorite treatment is selamectin because of its safety, efficacy, and ease of use. Every dog in the home should be treated to prevent animals from reinfesting each other.Demodectic Mange — mild cases of localized demodectic mange often resolve without any treatment when a dog’s immune system becomes better able to control mite numbers. Antibiotics, drugs that kill the mites, and medicated dips and ointments can all be prescribed in more severe cases. If an underlying cause of immunosuppression can be identified, it should also be dealt with.Dr. Jennifer CoatesImage: / via
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