Useful And Timely Information On Mange Symptoms And How To Cure It

March 18, 2010

in Cats

If you’ve ever called your dog a mangy mutt it was probably an expletive directed to the perpetrator of some mishap. Maybe he grabbed something off the dinner table or chewed your best slippers. But if your dog really DOES have mange, that’s a different story and a lot more serious than a pair of chewed slippers. Here’s a little information on mange symptoms, how to recognize the condition and what to do about it.

Mange is primarily a problem with younger or older dogs. Most adult dogs have a sufficiently strong immune systems to fend off an attack of mites, which is basically what mange is. Puppies who haven’t yet developed a strong immune system are most susceptible. Also, older dogs whose immune systems may be compromised in one way or another.

There are 3 types of mange, caused by 3 different kinds of mites. The first is demodectic mange, caused by the Demodex canis mite. This creature burrows itself into the skin of its host, causing irritation and itching and forcing the dog into rounds of endless scratching. Symptoms will be a thinning of the coat around the eyes and mouth as well as the legs. Although this form can spontaneously heal on its own, in many cases treatment will be required make it go away. Some treatments you can do yourself, others should be handled by a Vet.

Then there’s Cheyletiella, which is also referred to as ‘walking dandruff’. As you might guess, symptoms for this one are big white flake similar to dandruff. Well, it IS dandruff, and lots of it on the head, neck and body of the dog. These reddish mites are larger than the others and, when removed from the host, will die. This is a good reason for regular brushing of your pet. He’ll like it too.

The worst type is Sarcoptic mange, also known as scabies. This is caused by a microscopic mite that burrows under the host’s skin and lays her eggs. Then, three weeks after the eggs hatch, a new cycle begins with both groups now laying more eggs. This condition will literally drive a dog bonkers, and you too, probably.

Dogs with scabies will dig and scratch and bite at themselves ferociously. They will feel miserable. They’ll create sores which may become infected, thereby requiring the use of antibiotics for the infection plus something else to get rid of the mites.

Symptoms for this type of mange include intense itching, localized hair loss and crust forming on the tips of the ears. If untreated, the hair loss will probably spread to the entire body of the animal. And don’t forget, it can spread to YOU too, because this condition is contagious and passes from animals to humans. You should take a trip to the Vet… The sooner the better.

Mange symptoms can be mimicked by other conditions and sometimes proper diagnosis is difficult, especially if sores and infections are present. If your dog is exhibiting dry, itchy skin and scratching all the time, getting online and locating some more information on mange symptoms would be a smart move. Nobody wants a ‘mangy mutt’ around and, trust me, he doesn’t want to be a mangy mutt either!

Learn more about ways you can identify and treat dog mange using simple ingredients that can give you the fast results you want. When treating mange dogs can begin feeling better and healthier quickly!

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