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August 2003


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Volume III Issue 8-03

Demodectic Mange


Demodectic mange is caused by a microscopic mite called Demodex canis. Mites are not transmitted to people or other dogs except from mother dog to pup. Demodectic mange (unlike Sarcoptic mange) is not contagious.

Mites live inside hair follicles --this leads to lose of hair and purplish
color of skin.Mites and Manges Mange is caused by another type of external parasite - the mite. Fortunately, mange is rare in the well-fed, well-kept cat.

In dogs, two types of mange are the most common: DEMODECTIC mange or "red mange," and SARCOPTIC mange or "scabies." They may be present at any time of the year.

Dogs suffering from demodectic mange usually do not scratch.This mange is most common in young short-haired animals and is marked in the early stages by small areas of hairlessness, accompanied by a red, irritated appearance. Also you will notice a smell at first. I found after a week of treatment, it went away. In sarcoptic mange, a severe itching is usually observed, with consequent skin irritation and loss of hair. This type of mange is contagious to people as well as to other dogs and therefore should be checked as soon as possible.

It should be remembered that mange is more serious than a simple skin irritation or abrasion or a source of discomfort to your dog - though it certainly is that. Both of these manges are serious skin diseases that canlead to complications such as severe skin infections. Veterinarians usually treat mange by clipping, medicated baths or sprays, as well as oral medication or injections.

Mites are a normal residents of dog skin; it is only in some individual dogs that mites cause problems. I will explain this later. My dog, Preshus Jones has Demodectic Mange. She is a 3 year old Beagle and a rescue dog.
What I am about to tell you is the diagnosis and treatment given by my Vet, Dr. Robert Burns, D.V.M. This is his treatment and I believe in him. There are many reasons for this disease as seen on internet and just as many varied treatments.

I got Preshus April 26, 2003. She was diagnosed in June. Dr. Burns did a complete physical and many skin scrapings. As I am a nurse, I was able to see what this mite looks like under a microscope.

Treatment is oral Ivermectin and antibiotics. In July, he added a medicated shampoo to be used every other day. In August [yesterday] there are a few mites left but Ivermectin dose increased. Her hair is starting to return. Antibiotics will be restarted if crusts return. Antibiotics are for secondary infection
The Mother dog passed this to her. It is genetic. Not the mite but the defect in her immune system. No animal with this disease should breed. Hopefully, Preshus will not have the more expensive tests done. Blood tests and biopsy. Hopefully she WILL BE CURED!

For all intents and purposes, Preshus is a normal, very intelligent dog.

Marcia Duning
Greenville, Ohio


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