Pedal-Pinna Reflex Test

Pedal-Pinna Reflex Test

In over 95% of dogs with Sarcoptic Mange Mite infestation, a simple test can suggest that these mites are present called Pedal-Pinna Reflex Test . Since almost all dogs with Mange will have mites along the ear flap (called the Pinna), the dog will reflexively use a back leg in a scratching motion if the Pinna is scratched gently by a person testing this reflex.

How to Perform the Pedal-Pinna Reflex Test

To do the Pedal-Pinna Reflex Test, Simply take the Pinna between your thumb and forefinger and vigorously scratch the surface of the underside of the Pinna with the forefinger. Dogs with no mange mites seldom work the back leg in a scratching motion. Dogs with sarcoptic mites almost always will demonstrate an involuntary scratching motion with the back leg while you are scratching the Pinna during the Pedal-Pinna Reflex Test.

It is very common once the Pedal-Pinna Reflex Test is done to diagnose this type of mange; however veterinarians are eager to use the cortisone with is highly toxic to dogs and it actually makes the mites populate on steriods. The cortisone is prescribed to stop the itch from the allergic reaction, but he forgets that the mites will multiply very quickly and they will have a field day with the cortisone. The mange mites never stop even after Pedal-Pinna Reflex Test!

Doctors forget to tell their patients that Cortisone is not a cure, rather it masks the problem. The pet itches less and the scratching stops while your dog or cat feels more comfortable. Then once the cortisone tube is gone, you wonder why you have to take your pet back to the doctor.

Perform the Pedal-Pinna Reflex Test today so you can begin finding a treatment

Stop the maddness! Your pet needs a non toxic solution that will kill the mites, heal the skin and stop the itch all at the same time and it needs to work quick. Call PetsBestRx for their 100% guaranteed mange treatments before it’s too late. Let us know if you have other questions about the Pedal-Pinna Reflex Test.

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Facts About Mange

  • Sarcoptic mange is highly contagious and can be transferred to humans, though the Sarcoptic mange can be very alarming to pet owners.
  • Sarcoptic mange infection is common in unsanitary environments, such as dogs that come from puppy mills, pet stores, less than ideal animal shelters and dog pounds.
  • Sarcoptic mange  or  scabies  is also caused by mites.
  • Demodectic mange is generally seen in dogs less than two years of age.
  • Demodectic mange mites live in the hair and oil (sebaceous) follicles of the skin. The first signs of this disease are patchy areas of hair loss about the head and forelegs, which do not itch and do not appear inflamed. These areas may spontaneously resolve or become larger until large areas of the pet’s skin is involved. It is considerably rarer in cats.


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