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Invasion of the Body Scratchers! Part 2: Mange & Ear Mites
2 CommentsMonday, 22 April 2013 | Kate
Last week we were looking at surface mites. If you missed it, you can find it here. This week we'll be looking at the different kinds of mange and ear mites which can be very tricky to deal with.
Mange mites are usually microscopic and therefore difficult to pinpoint and can cause severe skin problems on dogs because of this. These types of mites cause Mange which is commonly described as a heavy infestation of mites in non-human mammals. These mites can cause particularly dangerous skin conditions on dogs if they are left untreated so it is best to know what you're up against. Your vet will need to diagnose these types of mites with skin scraping tests and a microscope before you look for a treatment. The two most common types of mange mites in dogs are: Demodex canis and Sarcoptes scabiei canis which cause Demodectic and Sarcoptic mange respectively.
The lesser of two evils! This is a heavy infestation of demodex canis which are naturally found on dogs on hair follicles and eat up dead hair and skin cells. A dog's immune system controls the levels of these mites but if it becomes damaged or impaired then demodex canis numbers can increase to dangerous levels. When this happens these mites can cause dermatitis (inflamed skin) and intensive hair loss which can quickly spread all over the dog. Fortunately this type of mange isn't contagious to other dogs because their own immune system will control their own demodex canis levels.
If your dog does become overrun with demodectic mange however it is important that you get their immune system back up and running. Resist by CSJ is a natural herbal supplement of pure echinacea that helps to repair the immune system in dogs which in turn aids recovery from illnesses and skin conditions.In the meantime, get them in the bath and wash thoroughly with Skinny Dip shampoo.
For best results lather up your dog and leave them all bubbled up for up to 10 minutes (or as long as you can) rinse and repeat a couple of days later. The relief will be immediate, customers say they notice around 60-70% reduction in itching and scratching on the first bath. It's good stuff! If the idea of a bath is enough to send your dog running behind the sofa, use Skinny Spray instead. Apply all over, avoiding the eyes, really get it into the skin for the same results as the bathing method. Same great results, none of the argy bargy!
This is the bad one! This type of mange is intensely itchy and extremely contagious to other dogs. What makes it dangerous is that dogs can cause permanent skin damage to themselves from biting and scratching. Sarcoptes scabiei canis are the mites responsible for this type of mange and breed extremely quickly. They are a burrowing mite that causes intense itching because of an allergic reaction that happens in response to the mites digging into the skin. If you suspect your dog has this kind of mange isolate them from the rest of the family and other pets.
These mites can quickly cover your whole dog if left untreated and will also need to be confirmed by a vet. If a case of sarcoptic mange is confirmed them your dog will need veterinary treatment, probably antibiotics, straightaway in order to cure the mange because their burrowing has likely caused a bacterial infection. Once the demodectic or sarcoptic mange has been dealt with Billy No Mates will be your best bet for avoiding incursions in the future. It's natural herbal supplement that works incredibly well, which is a preferable dog mange treatment for those seeking a natural solution to conventional pesticides. Again, for immediate relief the Skinny Range for bathing and spraying will really help.
Known formally as Otodectes cynotis (which means 'ear biter of the dog') these mites live inside the ears of dogs and other animals including humans. These mites actually account for 90% of ear mite cases in cats too. If you notice a frequent head shaking or ear scratching in your dog or cat then it is most likely that they have picked up ear mites. The mites are known to cause itching, irritation as well as a dry, crusting aural discharge. In addition these mites are also contagious and can be transferred quite easily between animals so if you notice the symptoms in one of your pets separate it from the others until the problem is sorted.
To combat ear mites use Lintbells Silvercare Ear Cleaner by adding a couple of drops to the ear and massaging it in for around 30 seconds. Then clean out the debris with Lintbells Silvercare Ear Cleaning Cloth.
Click here to read Part 2 on Ticks & Lice.