If a dog has Foxy Mange, is it contagious to other dogs please?
My daughters dog has Foxy Mange, my own dog is supposed to be staying with her next week I need to know if it is congtagious please
Just as in domestic canids, foxes are susceptible to more than one type of ‘mange.’ The two types most people mean would be either scabies (also known as sarcoptic mange) and Demodex.
You would have to know which type your daughter’s dog has in order to know if it’s contagious. (“Foxy” mange is not a real diagnosis…because again, foxes can get more than one type of mange.)
Demodectic mange is not contagious. It is caused by an inherited, genetic defect in a specific part of the immune system. (Dogs who have it should never be bred, even if they are treated and cleared up, but many poorly educated breeders keep doing it anyway…which is the main reason we have been unable to eradicate it as we should be able to do with proper genetic selection.)
Scabies IS highly contagious, but the mites that cause it are pretty species-specific. Sheep, humans, dogs, cats, etc. all have their own species of scabies mite, which will not cause disease in other species. (The mites can get on the skin and burrow/die, creating a temporary rash….but will not cause ‘mange’ in another species.) Dogs and foxes are closely related enough, however, that they can share the same species of scabies mite.
Summary: What you need to do is simply CALL your daughter’s DVM and ASK if what her dog has is contagious to yours or not, and if so, how to prevent it. If it is indeed scabies (which I suspect it is), Revolution is excellent at that. Your dog will need to have a current negative heartworm test before you can use it.
Note to Helen: The info you copied/pasted from your sources is mostly correct and very good information (cannot imagine WHY anyone gave you the thumbs-downs, unless they are just stupid!)….but some of the info about treatment is out of date. (Just FYI.) New and better treatments become available all the time, and Internet articles often don’t reflect the newest/best information available about that.