Any breed of dog can catch demodectic mange and possibly, on rare occasion, even cats. But some dog breeds are known to be more susceptible to demo mange are Old English Sheepdogs, Dobermans, Boxers, Shar-peis, Shih-Tzus and Lhasa Apsos.
It is not known exactly why these dog breeds are more at risk, but genetics and immune suppression are known to play a large role in the contraction of demodex mange mites. We supply a mange medicine called PestBestRx Mighty Vites to assist these particular breeds keep a healthy immune system.
Demodectic mange most commonly occurs in dogs that are three months to one year in age. Demodectic mange is also known as red mange which is a skin condition caused by the mite species. Most dogs carry this mite on the skin because it is transmitted from the mother to the nursing pups during the first few days. Because it is transferred from the mother it is not contagious to other animals and the mites also cannot affect humans.
Usually the mites do not cause a problem unless your pet’s natural defense system becomes impaired. This can be cause by a weakened immune system. When the immune system is weakened it can cause the mite population on the skin to have an outbreak and cause more noticeable symptoms of mange on your pet’s skin. Some symptoms are hair loss or a secondary infection.
There are two types demodectic mange. These are the localized and generalized. Localized demo mange can be small circular patches of hair missing only on certain spots. Generalized demo mange is more wide spread on the skin and can cause lesions covering most of the body. This type of demodex mange can also become more dangerous if a secondary infection sets in. It is important to treat demodectic mange from the beginning so that it is easier to keep at bay.