Dealing with Sarcoptic Mange
April 1, 2011

Dealing with Sarcoptic Mange

Sarcoptic Mange or Scabies is an intensely pruritic (itchy) dermatosis of dogs caused by a mite called Sarcoptes scabiei var. canis.

Although the mite generally affects dogs, it can also affect cats, foxes, and humans for variable periods of time.{{more}}

Adult mites live approximately 4 weeks, but they are susceptible to drying and can live only a few days off the host.

Scabies is highly contagious and is primarily transmitted by direct contact or contact with areas that infested dogs live or congregate.

The fact that only small mite populations are typically found in most dogs with scabies suggests that hypersensitivity plays an important role in the course of the disease.

Clinical Signs

Sarcoptic mange mites burrow through the top layer of the dog’s skin and cause intense itching. Clinical signs include generalized hair loss, a skin rash, and crusting. Skin infections may develop secondary to the intense irritation. Lesions (Sores) are most severe on the belly and face. Areas classically affected include: elbows, knee, below the chest, and the ear flap.

Sarcoptic mange is usually confirmed by taking a skin scraping and examining it under a microscope.

Treatment and control

Dogs with sarcoptic mange require medication to kill the mites and additional treatment to soothe the skin and resolve related infections.

For further information, contact:
Dr. Collin Boyle Unique Animal Care Co. Ltd.
Tel: 456 4981