usually attempt diagnosis with skin scrapings from multiple areas, which are then examined under a for mites. mites, because they may be present in relatively low numbers, and because they are often removed by dogs chewing at themselves, may be difficult to demonstrate. As a result, diagnosis in sarcoptic mange is often based on symptoms rather than actual confirmation of the presence of mites. A common and simple way of determining if a dog has mange is if it displays what is called a "pedal- ", which is when the dog moves one of its hind legs in a scratching motion as the ear is being manipulated and scratched gently by the examiner; because the mites proliferate on the ear margins in nearly all cases at some point, this method works over 95% of the time. It is helpful in cases where all symptoms of mange are present but no mites are observed with a microscope. The test is also positive in animals with , an ear canal infection caused by a different but closely related mite (treatment is often the same). In some countries, an available test may be useful in diagnosis.
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In more severe generalized cases, is a parasiticidal dip that is licensed for use in many countries (the only FDA approved treatment in the USA) for treating canine demodicosis. It is applied weekly or biweekly, for several weeks, until no mites can be detected by skin scrapings. Demodectic mange in dogs can also be managed with , although there are few countries which license these drugs, which are given by mouth, daily, for this use. is used most frequently; -like herding breeds often do not tolerate this drug due to a defect in the , though not all of them have this defect. Other avermectin drugs that can be used include and .
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Sarcoptic and cheyletiellosis are the two most common types of mange. These mites burrow into the skin causing intense itching and hair loss. These types of mange are highly contagious and can be transmitted to people as well. In addition to treating your dog you will have to treat all the dog's bedding areas.
Demodectic mange lives in dog's hair follicles. Most dogs naturally carry a small amount of these mites. They are not contagious to people or other animals and treatment is only necessary if your dog has a compromised immune system. Ear mites are a type of mange that infects a dog's ears. They are highly contagious to other dogs but cannot be transmitted to people.
Two different mange mites cause skin disease in dogs