How do dogs get mange?

Mange is seen in dogs, do you know how do dogs get mange? It starts as tiny mites that burrow into the skin of the dog. These mites thrive and live off the nutrients. It reproduces on the dog’s skin these microscopic mites, lays eggs, and multiplies. These are parasites multiplying at a very fast rate. This activity causes intense itching and results in hair loss, extreme scratching, bald spots and red infected skin areas.

Types of Mange

Sarcoptic and Cheyletiella Mites

The sarcoptic and cheyletiella mites are the most contagious. It can spread through direct and indirect contact or another animal affected with cheyletiella or sarcoptic mites. The Sacroptic mange is really serious and produces life-threatening skin conditions as it spreads to all the areas in the dog’s body. These mites cannot be seen through naked eye as they are microscopic.

Cheyletiella mites can be seen as they are large. To contract mange such as sarcoptic or cheyletiella, the dog need not come in contact with another dog. Actually, a dog that gets into contact with any tangible item or bedding that an infected dog had contact is more than enough to become susceptible to contract mange. Your pets once infected with these mange types needs to be quarantined until they are properly treated. Both these types of mites are highly contagious that they can affect other animals and also humans.

Demodectic Mites

These are also one of the mites causing mange, but are less worrisome. The Demodectic mites are passed to the puppy from the mother. These mites live on the hair follicles and most time these mites are without engendering symptoms.  However, the existence of some conditions such as abundant stress, compromised immune system or other issues of unhealthiness may cause the demodectic mites to lose hair and scratching. The dogs with demodectic mange need not be isolated from other animals as it is not contagious.

Preventing Mange

Mange must be prevented and the main way of preventing it is to maintain good hygiene in a dog. The pet owners must take care to provide fresh bedding to your pet, initiate worming and flea prevention, and keep current vaccinations, and fee quality and nutritional pet food. In addition, it is recommended to spay females so that the hormonal changes do not add stress.

Any time you suspect mange in your dog, remember it should be checked by a veterinarian for proper treatment and diagnosis.