Sarcoptic Mange

What is the difference between demodectic mange and sarcoptic mange?

Demodectic mange is caused by the demodex mite and is not contagious. Demodex is normal skin fauna and is always present in small amounts in ALL dogs. When a dog’s immune system is compromised the demodex mite population spirals out of control and causes mange. Puppies and immuno-suppressed dogs as well as dogs under considerable stress are most at risk. Because demodex is caused by organisms that normally live in the dog’s skin it can be very difficult to treat and some dogs can have relapses even after successful treatment.

Sarcoptic mange is caused by sarcoptes mites and is highly contagious. Sarcoptic mites are parasites and spread from dog to dog through close contact (kind of like lice). While a compromised immune system will make a dog more susceptible to sarcoptic mange even healthy dogs with good immune systems will catch it if they are exposed to it. Sarcoptic mange, while very contagious is pretty easy to treat and unless the dog is re-exposed to it they don’t generally have relapses.


a pet I rehomed gave my pet sarcoptic mange?

Ok my ex boyfriend couldn’t take care of his dog so I took her.
I tried to rehome her. I never could find a good home for her.

Well back in January I found her a home I thought. They seemed to love her and she stayed with them until about 4 weeks ago.
They called and said they couldn’t take care of her anymore. So we went and got her.

Well as soon as we got her home she was itching and scratching furiously. We assumed fleas (we saw fleas on her) so we treated her with frontline immediately and gave her children’s benadryl.

Then my cat started itching so I was like damnit now the cat has fleas!!!

..Well..they were both still itching even after flea meds. So we took the dog to the vet.

Sarcoptic mange.

We took the cat to the vet.

Sarcoptic mange.

I am furious now. Those people gave me back a dog with the mange that has now infested my cat.

I really want to say something to them.. should I? Or should I just let it go?

I can’t prove they gave it to her other than the fact she was itching furiously within hours of us getting her home from their house, and NONE of my cats had ANY fleas, itching, rashes, hair loss, ticks, or anything at all until we brought back the dog.

You should confront her previous owners in person with the fact that the dog had Sarcoptic mange and make them pay for the flea treatment, vet and any thing else you had to pay for because of that for both you cat and dog.Good luck

Get more facts on Sarcoptic Mange and Treatment for it here.


Puppy with Sarcoptic Mange?

It has been a week since my puppy has been diagnosed with sarcoptic mange, I have only had her for 2 weeks,so she obviously had this at the breeders. I also have been infected and we are both being treated. THe vet has given her Ivomec oral dosage and she gets another dose once a week for the next 4 weeks.My Dr had to prescribe cream for me, and I have used it twice as directed. My question is, how will I know when the puppy is clearing up, and is there any kind of bath or anything I can give her to get this over with quicker? It also won’t seem to go away on me, anyone have any idea how long it takes to clear up in Humans after treatment? I have called the breeder and she has offered to pay for the puppy’s treatment, but not mine or my older dog’s treatment, who is not infected, but they have to treat him anyway as a precaution. We are going crazy!!! Thanks so much!
What kind of lice shampoo? Can I get it at the drug store or do I need a script? And is it ok to use on my skin?? Thanks so much!

The cream will help your iritation but their life cycle is 21 days. A human is not the right enviroment so they may die off a little quicker but when I got them from our puppy it took about a couple of weeks or so. One thing that helps kill them on humans is lice shampoo.


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