Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Demodectic Mange in Dogs

Demodectic Mange in Dogs, by Tammy Washburn LVT

There are two types of mange mites in dogs, Demodectic and Sarcoptic mange. Demodectic mange, as know as Demodex is a non-contagious mite.

The Demodex mite lives in the hair follicles and it is normal for it to occur in small numbers.  A rapid increase in demodex mites occurs in immature immune systems.  Clinical signs include hair loss primarily around the face, but can occur anywhere on the body. The skin is often red and irritated looking.  Your Vet can do  skin scrapping to diagnose mites and will prescribe proper medication for your pet.

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