Sarcoptic Mange in Dogs - Symptoms & Treatment | petMD
Mange in dogs encompasses several skin conditions caused by mites. Here are the causes and the treatments for this canine health issue.
Puppies with demodectic mange may suffer relapses, as a dog’s immune system doesn’t mature until 18 months of age. If your pet has an autoimmune disease – like lupus or hemolytic anemia – the condition could reoccur, so it’s important to maintain your pet’s treatment plan.
Diagnosing the condition requires a skin scraping, which is analyzed for the presence of mites. The treatment for mange in dogs is relatively simple in localized cases, but can be more complex (and expensive!) for generalized mange. Topical medication is the primary cure, available in many different forms, including shampoo, dips and ointments. In certain cases of demodectic mange, an is available; this requires special approval from your vet, as it’s use is off-label.
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In pets with generalized mange infection, those that are less than a year old have a 30-50% likelihood of clearing the infection even though it is widespread. These pets clear the infection because their immune systems kick into gear and they do not necessarily need medical treatment. For pets that do not spontaneously clear an infection, a prescription medication such as sulfurated lime or amitraz ( for dogs) is used.Dogs with MDR1 gene are especially sensitive to certain medications containing ivermectin, such as Heartgard and Iverhart. Many veterinarians like to prescribe milbemycin given at a daily schedule for treatment of mange in dogs with the MDR1 gene. If you have a dog in the collie or herding breed, please contact your veterinarian for an alternative to medications that contain ivermectin. Solutions of sulfur and lime are used as a rinse or dip every 5-7 days to treat mange (demodex) infections. Treatment is repeated for several weeks until skin scrapings have been clear of mites for at least a month. Sulfurated lime is safe to use on dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens at a dilution of four ounces in one gallon of water. If this concentration does not clear the mite infection, the concentration of sulfurated lime can be doubled to eight ounces per gallon of water.Wash your dog with tea tree oil shampoo or baby shampoo. Rinse out the shampoo and sponge or spray the borax solution, completely saturating your dog's fur and skin. Do not rinse the borax solution and do not towel dry. After the hair has been allowed to air dry, apply lavender oil with a cotton ball to areas that your dog scratches most. Repeat this treatment at least three to four times per week. This treatment works best if done daily. Continue the procedure until there are no signs of mange and for no longer than four weeks.