What is Mange? | Dog with mange ..
The other day I saw a Mastiff puppy with mange, a beautiful puppy but it was under treatment for mange and up for adoption. It hit me then how much of a terrible condition a dog with mange could be in. Mange is a mite infestation which can affect your dogs skin and cause them to loose hair, crusting, itchiness and can cause secondary infections, these mites are visible during scrape test at the veterinarian. There are mainly two types of mange but there is also two more conditions similar to mange which is associated with the term mange. The main two types of mange are called Demodectic and Sarcoptic and other similar forms are known as in the form of ear mites and chyletiellosis. Luckily there is a mange in dogs treatment for all dogs, lets have a look at the types of Mange.
Types of Mange | Dog with mange and symptoms ..
Demodectic mange is common in most dogs and can be treated, it usually affects young dogs around 5 months or older dogs with weak immune system. Symptoms of Demodectic mange will include hair loss in patches. Sarcoptic mange is sometimes called scabies which causes intense itchiness and spread quickly through out the dogs body. Sarcoptic mange is more serious and it can cause an outbreak in humans as well and it is not always easily found even under the microscope. Sarcoptic mange is transmitted from dog to dog and dog to people. Ear mites symptoms are similar of those as mange and it is contagious but not to humans and can be treated. Chyletiellosis is a dandruff causing mite which is treatable with shampoos made for this condition, it is contagious and could affect humans. If there is a secondary infection due to any of these forms of mange, antibiotics will be used to treat the dog with mange.
Best Mange in Dogs Treatment ..
Demodectic mange is treatable with a dip or the anti parasitic ivermectin if you a generalized condition. Most young dogs however will have demodectic mange in patches, which is treated with ointments. Sarcoptic mange is treated with ivermectin injection and orally as well. It will take longer to get rid of and cause the most discomfort for your dogs. You make require multiple visits to the vet for skin scrapes till you get at least 3 negative scrapes.
Best home treatment for a dog with mange ..
If you have a dog with mange and want to save those hefty veterinary bills, you can treat some of these cases at home. A skin scraping alone will run you around $45 and the medication fee and doctor visits on top of that. I would go to a veternarian however for sarcoptic mange and other serious conditions of mange. One of my mastiffs had demodectic mange and was loosing hair in patches and I used a product called Goodwinol Ointment, which is sold in amazon and worked miracles with my dog. This product only cost about $7 in Amazon and can cost up to $20 at your local veterinarian. You apply some to the affected area every 24 hours and it should clear up in 2 weeks, larger areas may take longer.
Please see the ASPCA website for mange information, mange in dogs treatment options and even to ask the experts about any concerns or questions you may be having regarding mange. http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/dog-care-mange.aspx