Demodectic Mange

Demodectic Mange

Veterinarians all over the U.S. have recognized that treating for Sarcoptic and Demodectic Mange is easier than it used to be.  The traditional treatment using toxic dips are not as accepted as they were years ago for Demodectic Mange.  More and more Veterinarians are trusting and recommending PetsBestRxTM products for Demodectic Mange because the treatment PENETRATES deeply to eliminate the mites safely, heals the skin and infection and also has a treatment for its environment to prevent re-contamination.

Demodectic Mange is also known as Red Mange

We thought you could use some information about Demodectic Mange. Demodectic Mange is also commonly known as Demo Mange, Puppy Mange, Red Mange, Demodex Mange. Finding the right Mange Medicine to treat Demodectic Mange is critical.

Most generalized demodicosis starts as localized demodicosis.

ADULT ONSET— Most Demodectic Mange occurs in young dogs.  An older dog should not get demodicosis unless it has an underlying problem with its immune system, possibly even cancer.  A veterinarian should be consulted regarding possible primary diseases.

JUVENILE ONSET — 30-50% of  dogs under age 1 year recover spontaneously from generalized demodicosis without any form of treatment. Usually treatment is recommended, though, to facilitate recovery.

All dogs raised normally by their mothers possess this mite as mites are transferred from mother to pup via cuddling during the first few days of life.  (After the pup is older it is unable to pick up demodectic mites. Puppies raised by hand, do not ever get demodex mites.)  For some reason, conditions change in certain dogs to allow demodex mites to “gain the upper hand;” the mites proliferate and can cause serious skin disease.

Demodectic Mange can only be spread from mother dog to pup

Mites are not transmitted to people or other dogs except from mother dog to pup as described. Demodectic mange (unlike Sarcoptic Mange) is not contagious.

Mites live inside hair follicles — a difficult place for miticides (chemicals that combat mites) to reach.  Because the mites live so deep in the hair follicles, infection is often present.  You will want to treat your pet for the infection quickly.  Infection will cause your pet to become lethargic from the infection and the mites.

Some Reference Links on Demo Mange:

Demodectic Mange

  • Mange is often used as a general term to describe any kind of skin problem on a dog where there is a loss of hair and scratching.
  • Someone may describe a dog as “mangy” if it has a ragged-looking coat or is in poor condition, for example.
  • However, from a veterinary viewpoint, mange in dogs is a skin condition caused by mites.
  • There are actually four kinds of mange that affect dogs and they require different kinds of treatment.
  • Mites are not insects.  They are more closely related to spiders.


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