Ask a Dog Vet and Get Answers to Your Dog Health Questions
Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I am not set up to do phone calls but would be happy to answer any questions you do have online. If you get a request for a phone call, it is from the website and not myself. It really depends on what type of mange you are dealing with. With dogs, it is usually Demodex or Sarcoptes (scabies). Sarcoptes is very itchy and usually causes hair loss and crusting on the ears, elbows and hocks; but it does spread elsewhere. Demodex isn't usually itchy, unless there is a secondary bacterial infection related to it. You may see anything from just hairloss to sores on the skin. Sarcoptes is contagious, Demodex is not. Demodex naturally occurs in the hair follicles (we have our own species of it) but overruns when there is a problem with the immune system. Sarcoptes is easier to treat. I usually use ivermectin every 2 weeks, but you can also use Lime dips, Advantage Multi or Revolution. Demodex takes a little longer to resolve. The easiest way to treat Demodex is having them on the flea preventative Nexgard. Your vet can do a skin scraping to determine if he does have mites and which one he may have. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.
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Hello. I was just following up to see how Blue is doing and to see if you have any further questions.