SARCOPTIC MANGE (“SCABIES”)
Sarcoptic mange is a contagious skin disease caused by tiny mites.
Symptoms include severe itching (pruritis), hair loss, and sores. It is seen in dogs of all ages and breeds. The common name for Sarcoptic mange is Scabies. It is highly contagious to pets, as well as humans.
Treatment includes medicated shampoos and dips in Paramite. Oral doses of Ivermectin has been proven effective in helping to clear the mites. Antibiotics and topical ointments are sometimes recommended if the secondary skin infection is severe. Proper cleaning and disinfecting of pets’ bedding helps prevent reinfestation.