How did my dog get demodectic mange? A Complete Guide

Yet one year later, after intensive treatment by veterinarians at the University of Tennessee, Scarlet is a happy, healthy pet. Her body is now covered with a coat of light caramel-colored hair, and the only reminders of her ordeal are scars on her face and back. She’s a therapy dog, and it’s now her job to cheer up hospital patients.

Symptoms will generally appear about 10-days-to-8-weeks after contact with a dog carrying scabies. Typically, the first signs of the infection will be on the margins of the ears, chest, elbows, hocks, and belly. Untreated, they can quickly spread. The most common symptoms of sarcoptic mange include:

Take Scarlet, for example. One year ago, the then 4-month-old puppy was found at the side of the road in LaFollette, Tennessee, bald and covered with oozing sores and crusty skin, so frail that pieces of it would fall off when rescue workers from the Friends of Campbell County Animals touched her. Her eyelids had fused so she was blind, she could barely move, and many believed nothing could help her.

Also known as canine scabies, this disease is caused by a circular-shaped, eight-legged mite called the Sarcoptes scabiei. This form of mange is highly contagious. The parasite can be transmitted from dog to dog and can pass from dogs to humans, although it doesn’t thrive on non-canine hosts. Female mites burrow into the skin to lay their eggs. The eggs hatch in about three weeks, and the young feed on the host’s skin.

Scarlet’s case is an extreme one, but not all that unusual for mange patients. Mange is a terrible disease, and it can kill. But, as with Scarlet, there are treatments that can return even the most seriously infected animals to health.

A holistic attack is the secret.

Demodex is a complicated set of problems that can’t be cured just by just killing the mites. The over-population of mites must reduced — but what about the things that started it all? We have to work on the whole dog with safe tools that work together.

The following program helps control demodex. The steps are all important because they work together holistically. You can add to them, but nothing can be taken away.

How did my dog get demodectic mange?

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Demodex mites on dogs (demodectic mange) treatment!

Demodex (Also called Demodicosis or Demodectic Mange) is caused by underlying health problems, ­mostly immune-related, that allow overpopulation of Demodectic mites. They release toxins that can initiate a cascade of related problems.