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What causes mange in dogs?
Mange is a skin disease that鈥檚 caused by a particularly prolific parasite called a mange mite. Mites are tiny parasites that burrow just below the surface of the skin and feed on skin cells. There are two types of mange in dogs, demodectic and sarcoptic, each caused by a different mite.
What is demodex mange in dogs?
This type of mange is sometimes just called 鈥渄emodex鈥?or 鈥渞ed mange.鈥?Surprisingly, these mites are found on nearly all adult dogs 鈥?and people 鈥?but they rarely cause mange, except in puppies or dogs with weak immune systems. Demodectic mites live in hair follicles and feed on oils produced by the skin.
What is the meaning of the word 鈥渕ange鈥?
Mange refers to skin diseases caused by mites. The term is derived from a French word mangeue, which translates into 鈥渢o eat or itch.鈥? Mange, caused by different kinds of mites, affects many kinds of animals, including humans. In dogs, there are two major forms of mange, each caused by different mites: Sarcoptic Mange (also known as scabies)
What kind of mange does a dog have with scaly skin?
This type of mange produces bald, scaly patches of skin, which can be very itchy. When the dog scratches, sores can form which are susceptible to unpleasant-smelling bacterial infections. Generalized demodectic mange is most common in dogs with compromised immune systems and will require treatment.