How To Know If Your Dog’s Skin Problem Is Mange Or Not

How to know if your dog’s skin problem is mange or not

        There are several types of lesions that look alike which is why pet owners are often left confused. You will know how to find out if your dog’s skin problem is mange or not.

Clinical signs of mange

It include:

  • Intense itching and scratching
  • Skin rashes
  • Skin crust formation
  • Hair loss
  • Baldness
  •  Secondary bacterial infections (in some cases, pus may ooze out from your dog’s skin)
  • Pododermatitis (look for signs if your dog’s feet are swollen or irritated)

What are the types of mange?

Demodectic Mange

        This is caused by a mite called Demodex canis which is considered as a normal inhabitant in your dog’s skin (usually in a dog’s hair follicles). However, these mites can multiply in abnormal rates if your dog is immunocompromised which will, later on, lead to demodectic mange. But, as long as your dog’s immune system is functioning properly and is not compromised, these mites will not cause your dog any harm. Demodectic mange is not considered contagious to other animals and humans. These Demodex mites are often transmitted to puppies from their mother during the first few days after they are birthed.

Sarcoptic Mange

         This is caused by a mite called Sarcoptic scabie and lives inside the hair follicle of your dog’s skin. This one is infectious and highly contagious to those in close proximity to the infected dog and even to humans! Although these sarcoptic mites will not be able to complete their life cycle on humans, they will still give you severe itching until they finish their life cycle and die.

Some signs of mange can also be an indication that your dog has an underlying health issue that needs to be immediately addressed so it is very important to find out if their skin problem is mange or not.

How to find out if your dog’s skin problem is mange

        There is only one way to find out: Schedule a visit to the vet. Your vet can help you determine whether your dog’s skin problem is mange or not. Only your vet can perform confirmatory tests like skin scrapings, microscopic identification of these mites which are present in your dog’s skin,give the correct medical approach and treatment that your dog needs. Avoid applying chemicals like “nanosilver” on your dog’s skin because this can cause severe health problems to your dog and might even be the cause of their death. Many dogs have been poisoned and killed by this chemical so no matter what other people on the internet say, do not put nanosilver on your dog’s skin. Always consult the veterinarian near you.

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