Photo of Mange Signs and Symptoms
" Photo of mange can be a helpful way to see if a skin dog condition can possibly be mange . Canine mange is caused by a mite that burrows under a dogs skin causing a red raised skin bump. It can appear in one location or become generalized and spread over a dogs body. Treatment can effectively performed at home with the use of the lime-sulfur dip and the use of a medicated shampoo. A homeopathic supplement can also help to improve long term skin and coat condition. "
A photo of mange can be quite jarring in terms of what the disease can do to your dog. Mange is caused when an insect called a mite burrows its way under the skin of your dog. As the Mite lays eggs and the eggs hatch, the mange expands to other areas of your pet.
There are two kinds of Canine Mange. If you dog is hairless in one or two spots your dog probably has Demodectic Mange. If there are multiple spots you are probably seeing sarcoptic mange. Another name for sarcoptic mange is canine scabies. Both types of Mange are caused by different types of Mites.
A Photo of Mange - Demodectic
A Photo of Mange - Sarcoptic Mange or Scabies
Generalized (spread over body)
Symptoms Mange Dogs
Symptoms Mange Dogs include:
- Hairless areas that are small, red, have thick skin and puss
- Scaling around the eyes, mouth and front legs
- Itching which can be strong
Diagnosis of Canine Mange
Canine Mange is diagnosed by taking skin scrapings from your dog. Under the microscope your Veterinarian will look for the presence of Mites in the scraping.
It can be difficult to diagnose mange since your dog might have removed the Mites by scratching the affected area. Even after the mites are gone, the mites leave behind a substance (toxin) that can continue to cause itching.
One of the easiest ways to know if your dog has mange is to begin either a treatment prescribed by your veterinarian or use a home remedies dog with mange such as a dip applied at home. If your dog starts getting better, it most likely has Mange.
Treatment of Canine Mange
Home remedies dog with mange start with a shampoo followed by treatment with a dip. The shampoo acts as a moisturizer since the dip tends to dry the skin.
When treating your dog be sure to wear gloves since mange can be transmitted from a dog to humans. Also work in a well ventilated area since dips have a strong odor (they are made from a lime-sulfur dip).
Naturasil for Pet Mange is one product that conveniently mixed with your dogs shampoo, making it easier for your dog to accept, since it will be familiar. After using the dip, a medicated shampoo such as Synergy Labs Medicated Anti-Itch Shampoo can help to heal the skin and coat.
After feeding, mites can leave the dog and enter the dogs environment (your home) creating a risk for reinfection. For this reason, it is essential that a home be cleaned with a quality disinfectant made for this purpose such as Benzarid. Wash all of a dogs belongings and vacuum all areas thoroughly.
They also describe prescription options, home mite removers and treatments if the mange have spread to anyone living in the home.
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