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Date: September 4th 2003

Josey Ranch Pet Hospital, PC
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Sarcoptic mange is a skin disease caused by a parasitic mite. It is highly contagious and produces intense itching, reddening of the skin, thinning of the hair and development of crusts and scabs. Bacterial skin infections commonly occur in the inflamed, irritated skin.

Sarcoptic mites burrow directly into the skin where they deposit eggs that hatch in 3-10 days. The larvae burrow up to the skin surface to feed and molt into a nymph stage. The nymphs travel about the skin surface to feed. They molt into adults which mate and deposit more eggs in the skin. These mites prefer skin with little hair, so they are more numerous on the ears, elbows abdomen and hocks. As the disease spreads, hair is lost and eventually the mites occupy large areas of skin.

The sarcoptic mites may also infest people in close contact with infested dogs. Any people in contact with your dog who develop skin problems should consult a physician.

Strategies for dealing with sarcoptic mange:

  1. Other dogs and pets should not be allowed in contact with your affected dog until recovery is complete.
  2. The mites can infest other pets and human beings.
  3. Although the mites do not survive off the host animal for more than a few days, it is imperative that the home and kennel environment be thoroughly cleaned. Please use insecticidal sprays on kennels, shipping crates, harnesses, collars and grooming tools. If possible, bleach all pet bedding and wash in hot water.
  4. Traditional treatment for sarcoptic mites involved repeated baths with specially formulated shampoos and potent insecticide dips. Now there is a safe and effective product that requires only a single dose and this product is Revolution. Revolution may also be used as a monthly preventative for heart worms, intestinal parasites, fleas and may prevent re-infestation of sarcoptic mites.

If you have any questions, or if your pet is experiencing any skin problems, we would be glad to hear from you. Please call our office any time during our business hours at 972-446-0667.

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