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
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:
- Other dogs and pets should not be allowed in contact with
your affected dog until recovery is complete.
- The mites can infest other pets and human beings.
- 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.
- 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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