Demodectic Mange

Demodectic Mange

Is caused by a mite called Demodex canis. This mite can only be transferred between mother and puppy for a few days after the puppy’s birth. Once the puppy is older, if it has not already contracted the mite, it will no longer risk infection by the mother. Demodex canis is not transferred to humans or older dogs. The mange that the mite causes ranges from a mild red and scaly lesion on the forelegs and face to the entire dog being affected with patchy fur, bald spots, scaly skin with skin infections occurring. Treatments for mites are various dips but you should consult your veterinarian before administering any treatment. Some dips and medications are harmful to specific breeds. In regards to breeding, it is recommended that a female who has had Demodectic Mange should not be bred.