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Sarcoptic mange in dogs

Sarcoptic Mange is commonly referred to as Fox Mange, as it is so common amongst foxes, and can affect all ages and breeds of dogs.

These microscopic mites can cause a variety of skin problems and will infect other animals, including cats and even humans (although when humans get Sarcoptes scabiei from animals, the disease is generally self-limiting, causing only temporary itching), although they prefer to live on dogs.

There are several different species, each preferring their own type of host, but since they are all treated similarly, it is not important to determine the species at diagnosis.

The mites usually spend their entire life on a dog burrowing into the skin and laying eggs in to process. They are transmitted through direct contact with infected pets or, for example, by lying where an infected fox has previously laid.

What are the Symptoms?

The most common symptoms are hair loss and extreme itching around areas with less hair, particularly the ears, armpits, elbows, belly and chest. As the itching encourages severe scratching, the skin soon becomes sore and infections can develop. The itching is worse in warm conditions. Please note, other conditions can cause similar symptoms, so the vet will need to take some samples to examine under the microscope in order to definitively diagnose Sarcoptic Mange.

Please contact your branch surgery for more information or to book an appointment for a health check.

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