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Posted on Sep 23, 2012 in Mange | 0 comments

Sarcoptic Mange, Symptoms, Treatment and Causes of Sarcoptic Mange in Dogs

Another Threat to Your Dog is a Sarcoptic Mange

Sarcoptic mange is a skin condition that affects dogs. It is caused by the infestation of the Sarcoptes scabei mites, which are so tiny that they can only be seen with the use of a microscope. The Sarcoptes scabei mites should live within the skin of the host for a span of three to four weeks. By this time, they will be able to mate. The adult female will then dig a tunnel into the skin in order to deposit three to four eggs, which then becomes larvae in more or less a week.

A dog may suffer with sarcoptic mange when it has been in contact with another dog which is infected by this skin condition. This is because the Sarcoptes scabei mites are capable of moving from one animal to another in a very fast manner. There are certain places where a dog has increased chances of getting mange. Those places include animal shelters, kennels, dog parks, grooming centers, and even veterinary clinics. Usually, the manifestations of mange present themselves approximately two to six weeks after the exposure to an infected dog.

The following are the signs and symptoms of sarcoptic mange that dog owners should watch out for:

· Bumps with a reddish dot on top
· Flaky skin; dog continues to scratch its body because it is itchy
· Reddish, swollen skin with sores and scabs
· Loss of fur
· Ear tips with crusts

Because the presence of the mites is not that easy to determine, it is very common to mistake sarcoptic mange for allergic dermatitis. This will be very unfortunate because if the dog is deprived of proper treatment, the inflamed and flaky skin will just get even worse. It is important to note that when the population of the mites dramatically increase, it becomes easier to detect. However, since the diagnosis came at a later time, the mites might then be transmitted to other pets as well as humans.

Similar to other cases where a dog gets infested by a parasite, it can be hard to treat sarcoptic mange. It is very reassuring, though, that when the proper treatment is followed, the dog is likely to recover. Aside from providing proper treatment to the dog, it is also of the essence to make sure that other items in the house are free of mites. They tend to attach themselves to dog beds, pillows, and other items. Therefore, those objects should be placed within a sealed bag for a period of fourteen days. In this way, the mites won’t be able to find a host, which causes their death.

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