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microscopic mites
weakened immune system
hair follicles
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Microscopic in size

If your pet is diagnosed with Demodectic or other mange, there is no need to blame yourself. These microscopic mites are highly contagious and if your dog comes in contacted with an infected dog then it is highly likely that it to will become infected, especially if it's in poor health.

Demodectic mange or Red Mange is the most common and caused by demodex mites. These mites are not contagious to people. Demodetic mites are transfered from mother to puppy and are found on the skin of all dogs.

If the dog or puppy is ill, starving or badly stressed, its weakened immune system will no longer be able to control the multiplying mitesand the dog then becomes prone to the disease, demodicosis.


It is believed that Juvenile Demodicosis is genetically inherited and occurs only in puppies. As they grow older, healthy puppies with this localised form of the disease usually improve without treatment.

Sickly adult red mange infected dogs are extremely difficult to cure.

Demodectic Mange symptoms

It appears that mange is easily misdiagnosed and often the wrong treatment is applied. This is because these mites are difficult to locate and identify, so look out for the following:-

• The dog is scratching and chewing itself because of the itching caused by the burrowing mites under the dog’s skin and hair follicles.

• If bald spots start to appear then this is a signal that all is not well.

• Under the inflamed red skin, lumps appear. These are cysts forming.

• Excessive licking at oozing sores on its skin.

• The dog is consistently chewing on inflamed, swollen pads and paws.

• The dog is listless and not sleeping properly, making it irritable and some even aggressive.

• Its’ skin infections will create a foul wet dog smell.

• Not eating much but drinking lots of water are more mange infestation symptoms.


Demodecic mange quickly gets out of control on dogs with weak immune systems. It is extremely important that when treating a dog for mange, every effort must also be made to bring the dog back to health. This type of mange is extremely difficult to treat if the dog remains ill.

Back to health

Get the dog back to top health by making sure the food you give it has a large amount of raw meat. Chicken and fish are also favourites mixed with nutritious dog pellets. Poor quality dog food can make dogs smell pretty bad.

You can also feed the dog safe natural organic supplements to help get your pet back up to speed.

Which mange?

Only you vet can diagnose which mite has infested your dog. If you suspect that it may have mange then the earlier you treat it the quicker you will succeed in getting your pet back to health. If you ignore mange symptoms hoping the problem will solve itself, then you will be seriously letting your dog down.

Then without doubt things will only get worse.

Street Talk

Yea, I take my hat off to all the volunteers that go around and wash these poor dogs in their spare time.

  about 6 years ago

Sounds awful!

  about 6 years ago
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