By Brent A. McCoy
Mange in dogs is a variety of health condition that is caused by tiny mites that live in the hair of a dog. Itchiness and irritation is what it primarily causes but it can also lead to hair loss. Being aware of how to keep your dog safe from mange can assist you in that it will allow you to avoid the ugly side effects this condition is known for. Here are the top 10 facts you need to know about mange in dogs.
1. Demodectic mange is the most common for of mange experienced by dogs. Tiny mites that live on the dog’s hair cause it. The other form of mange is scabies, or sarcoptic mange, and this is where mites burrow into the skin.
2. Scabies is different also in that it can be transmitted to humans. They can live on your skin for weeks and cause itchiness, but since they can’t reproduce on humans they eventually disappear on their own.
3. Demodectic mange causes more problems for dogs, but even so it’s generally quite minor. It starts off as a hairless patch around the eyes or chin area and might clear up on its own without treatment.
4. The mites can end up spreading and covering the rest of the body in some cases. This causes even more hair loss and itchiness. After a while, bacteria can develop and cause pimples or discharges on the skin.
5. Careful treatment is necessary if your dog is showing these signs. They are limited in their ability to fight the condition due to the presence of bacteria and their immune system is weakened. This means you should not get your dog vaccinated because their immune system will be too weak to develop antibodies and this can do them great harm.
6. You should generally aim for treatment methods that help strengthen the immune system. As mange is mostly dependent on a weak immune system, strengthening it will most often help your dog overcome the condition.
7. Dogs primarily get mange at stages their immune system is weak. It might be a symptom of poor nutrition in older dogs but is most likely to happen in puppyhood.
8. A good diet will help to prevent your dog getting the disease. Also, you should ensure they are well groomed and bathed regularly.
9. Be careful about dogs that you let your dog come into contact with as this may cause them to get mange. This is especially true if you have a puppy under 6 months as their immune system is still quite weak.
10. Supplementing your dog’s diet with the right ingredients can help prevent or treat mange if it comes to that. The most important ingredients are zinc, Vitamin E and Vitamin C.