By Brent A. McCoy
Mange in dogs is a kind of health condition that tiny mites living in the hair of a dog can cause. It usually results in severe irritation and itchiness and can often result in hair loss or even bacterial infection. Being aware of how to keep your dog safe from mange will assist you in that it will allow you to avoid the ugly side effects this condition is known for. Below 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. Another kind of mange happens when mites burrow into the skin and this is known as scabies or sarcoptic mange.
2. Humans are also capable of catching scabies from their dog. They do disappear eventually as they can’t reproduce on humans, but can cause irritation for weeks until then.
3. In most cases it’s quite minor, but demodectic mange is the more problematic form for dogs. 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 leads to even more hair loss and itchiness. Pimples and skin discharges can occur after a while due to the development of bacteria.
5. Careful treatment is necessary if your dog is showing these signs. Bacteria means that your dog’s immune system is weakened and they’re limited in their ability to fight the condition. Their immune system is too weak to develop new antibodies so you should not get them vaccinated during this time as they will not be able to counter the disease in the vaccine.
6. Strengthening the immune system should be your primary goal in finding a treatment method. As mange is mostly dependent on a weak immune system, strengthening it will most often help your dog overcome the condition.
7. While their immune system is weak is when a dog is most likely to get mange. It might be a symptom of poor nutrition in older dogs but is most likely to happen in puppyhood.
8. The main key to preventing the disease is a good diet. Grooming your dog and bathing them on a regular basis can also help you avoid it.
9. Mange can be passed on from other dogs, so be careful who you let your dog come into contact with. A puppy has a weak immune system until 6 months of age so you should try not to take them out before this time.
10. It’s possible to treat and prevent mange by supplementing your dog’s diet with the right ingredients. The most important ingredients are zinc, Vitamin E and Vitamin C.