Demodicosis (Red Mange)
Demodicosis (red mange) is a skin disease caused by a small mite not visible to the naked eye. This mite lives down in the root of the hair. All normal dogs have a small population of mites, but only certain animals will get a disease from mite overgrowth. In some cases, the tendency to develop demodectic mange runs in families.
The disease is seen in TWO FORMS in dogs. There is a localized form where only small areas of the skin are affected, and a generalized form where the majority of the body and/or the feet are involved. Symptoms include loss of hair and reddening of the skin. Affected areas may be scabby, crusty and sometimes itchy. Skin infections due to damage by the mite are common. Skin infections can become so severe that they threaten a dog's life, with ulcers, swelling and fever. Juvenile-onset generalized demodicosis is a familial disease and affected dogs and their parents should not be bred.
Treatment of demodectic mange depends on the patient's age and
the severity of the disease. In the localized form, the dog may
heal on its own. Many times a cream or gel will be used to aid in
healing. It is important that dogs with the localized form be
observed for a worsening of the condition or spread to other areas.
Infrequently the topical medication may cause the affected areas to
look worse before the areas begin to heal. If a skin infection is
present, antibiotics will be needed.
Mange is manageable at home. Go to www.milehighbullmastiffs.com and you will find a link for a book that covers curing your pets health issue's at home, and not having to spend hundreds of dollars at the vet. Diet is all you need to do to get rid of this, it will take up to 6 months but your pet will get better. Dogs show health issue's through their skin. I dealt with the same issue's with my pet, and had to find the answers on my own since the vet only treated her with ivermectin, antibiotics and prednisone. Once I stopped the treatments everything came back, I finally found the right solutions to help her. She ended up with autoimmune disease, which I think was genetics but she did live as healthy as possible for years.
Yes. Mange is contagious. Get those dogs to a veterinarian ASAP! Answer It depends on if it is demodectic or sarcoptic mange. "Red mange" has been used to describe both. Demodectic mange is a mite that all dogs have-- they receive it from their mother shortly after birth. Sometimes the populations of this mite grow out of control due to immune issues, large amounts of stress, or adolescence. Sarcoptic mange is contagious to both humans and other dogs, but is easier of the two to treat. ANSWER: Demodectic mange is not contagious all dogs carry this mange. But the reason a dog will have an issue with the mange getting out of control is due to another underlying issue, such as yeast. Vets will treat the mange with ivermectin, prednisone and antibiotics when really all you need to do is change your dogs diet. Go to www.milehighbullmastiffs and there is a link to a book that will tell you how to cure this and how to keep your pet as healthy as possible for the rest of it's life.
There are 2 types of mange mites that infect dogs. There is the demodex mange mite, which normally attacks dogs that are down in their immune system for some reason such as bad food, starving, disease, any stress. It is not passed from one dog to another. Then there is the Sarcoptic mange mite (often called the red mite) and it is very contagious from one dog to another & also to humans. You need to take your dog in to be checked out by your Veterinarian who will do skin scrapings to see if your dog has mange mites & if so, what type they are. Get it treated by your Veterinarian. Humans can also get the sarcoptic mange mite too. We all carry to some extent the Demodex mange mite, but our normal immune system keeps it under control. Do a skin scraping from the skin beneath your lower eyelids and check it under a powerful microscope, you might be surprised.
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