Mutts, Mites and Mange

What is Demodectic Mange (“Demodex”)? How is it transmitted? How is it treated?

demodectic_mange_2009Mange is a parasitic skin disease caused by microscopic mites. Demodectic mange, sometimes just called “demodex” or “red mange”, is the most common form of mange in dogs. It is caused by the Demodex canis, a parasite that lives in the hair follicles of dogs. Under the microscope, this mite is shaped like a cigar with eight legs.

As long as the body’s immune system is functioning properly, these mites cause no harm. All normal dogs (and many humans) have a few of these mites on their skin. As long as the body’s immune system is functioning properly, these mites cause no harm.

But, what happens if the immune system is not functioning properly, or if the immune system is too immature to deal with the mites?

Read more courtesy of VCA Hospitals.

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