The word mange is often thrown around on the internet, especially in dog forums where pet owners come to share experiences, find answers to real-life challenges and possibly rescue a poor dog from the scourge of mutt mange.
While others may seem to throw around munge in jest, the reality is other dogs are under attack by this microscopic parasite which can also be passed on between pets and humans too. Sarcoptic mange is characterized by severe skin itching, dog skin lesions, these in many cases are crusty and reddish in color.
If your dog has been scratching and feeling itchy, there is no need to panic and assume that he probably has sarcoptic mange. There are also other forms of severe skin itching caused by food allergies, Lyme disease, Tick bites, flea bites that trigger skin irritation from fleas saliva and many other factors.
Where sarcoptic mange has a role in causing your dog to scratch, or feel itchy, there will also be other possible symptoms that will follow to help you identify what your dog is under attack from sarcoptic mange.
Sarcoptic mange is caused by scabies parasite also known as Sarcoptes Scabie. The one thing to watch out for as the dog owner is that some dogs can be carriers of the sarcoptic mange. In the event that your dog happens to be the sarcoptic mange carrier, you will not find them showing any signs of discomfort or the other skin scabs and crusty build up sarcoptic mange is mostly associated with.
A pre-emptive approach is therefore usually the best option possible to strike before sarcoptic mange strikes. You can do this by making sure your dog has regular dog bath with dog shampoos sarcoptic mange activating.
There are plenty of sarcoptic mange dog shampoos, and I will list a few here, but you can get both the sarcoptic mange shampoos as well as oral sarcoptic mange antibiotics for dogs from Amazon or Your Nearest vet shop.
I mention pre-emptive grooming and dog hygiene here because sometimes we assume that having done everything to look after our dog, we believe our dog will not catch sarcoptic mange. After all our home is clean, he has his dog bedding washed and replaced at least three to four times a year right?
WRONG! In many cases, you are doing good to keep your dog skin free from fleas, sarcoptic mange, and other skin related problems. What you haven’t done is keep your dog from socializing with others dogs even when just walking past an infested dog from our neighbor down the road, all it takes is an innocent dog sniff and the female sarcoptic mange parasite is passed on to your dog.
Sarcoptic mange female parasites quickly go under the dog skin and lay eggs in the dog skin, before you know it, you have a full-blown sarcoptic mange problem in your household.
Its heartbreaking to watch your dog scratch his skin to a bleeding point. Sarcoptic mange females’ egg actually hatches under the dog skin into larve, and these larves cause so much itching as they tunnel under your dog skin. If your dog is scratching and biting his tail to a bleeding point, he is desperate to get those crawling sarcoptic mange mites out.
I have seen the worst form of mange mites passed on to humans by their pets. Though it is nothing to worry about, the fact that you have resigned to having sarcoptic mange infest your home, attack your dog, and even your self is disheartening.
Mange mites can be aggressive sometimes, though by human design we are not the natural host of dog scabies, now and then you will see pet owners contracting mange mites which goes away after a few good weeks of scratching and dealing with lesioned skin.
If you are a cat owner, you probably are freaked out that if mage mites can attack humans, then perhaps your cat is at risk of catching these dog scabies right? Don’t panic yet; mange mites are not actually fans of cats, they would rather terrorize dogs and humans not cats.
On the same note, if you have a cat that has been feeling itchy on the face and over her neck areas, you probably need to look for the symptomatic type of cats mites called Notoedres Cati.
I can bet you that once you see a dog that has sarcoptic mange, you will most likely see that they are not short of crusty scabs on their ear flaps, ankles, lesioned reddish skin patches on their tummy, face and chest.
Many dog owners just don’t realise how much risk their dog has to developing other healthy issues. Think of the dog who is helpless to a point they scratch their back to a bare skin patch.
This bare skin then becomes another target for other dog skin diseases. The worst of all is when a dog under attach from scabs and mange mites will mutilate themselves.
The most severe type of sarcoptic mange would end up in the vet’s practice center where your dog would have to undergo the knife to scrape the infested areas and cause the bleeding to reach the eggs, larvae and adult mites under the dog skin.
This type of treatment is obviously done more than one time to make sure that all the sarcoptic mange mites are sorted out.
This is the only time the vet is able to put the scrapings of the dog scabs under the microscope to give you the official diagnosis that your dog has been under the attack from sarcoptic mange.
Even after scraping and scalping your dog, mange mites can sometimes be elusive. There is a slight chance leaving your dog under sarcoptic mange attack will not be easily treated.
Regardless of what your vet may find from testing the dog, if tissue samples were collected for further investigation into the sarcoptic mange, make sure to treat your dog to the internal and external care for getting rid of mange mites.
I have seen some articles and resources online that list out dog breeds that are susceptible to sarcoptic mange attack, that is not entirely true. There is no such a thing as a dog breed that is prone to being infested with sarcoptic mange. Pretty much all dog breeds can suffer from mange mites attack.
Any sensible dog owner will treat their dog from sarcoptic mange even if they are not showing any signs of the mange attack.
There is a plethora of oral, injectable, and topical sarcoptic mange treatments are available. For what ever reason, you happen to choose to use topical dips, then the entire dog must be treated, from ears to the face. Let me also point out to you that this may not be a quick fix as it takes between four to eight weeks for signs of mange mites being resolved to become evident.
Secondary skin infections may also be the one thing you would have to consider dealing with. Don’t be surprised when your vet suggests an additional parasitic treatment or antibiotics for these secondary skin infections and soothing shampoos to help get rid of dog skin crusts and reduce the dog skin itching.
Contrary to the other type of dog skin parasites, such as fleas, which can seem to not give up easily, rather persist in the environment for as long as they can afford to survive even if it’s months.
The mites that cause sarcoptic mange cannot survive off the animal for more than a handful weeks. Many pet owners would take a backseat and hope that environmental decontamination may not be necessary. I personally think it is in the best interest of both the pet and the owner to pre-emptively take cautionary measures and in this particular case, it’s a good idea to wash all dog beddings as well as collars and harnesses to avoid reinfestation.
With Sarcoptic mange, there is always something you can do to prevent mange in dogs re-occurring.