Mange is a common skin problem in dogs. It is caused by mites and affected dogs often suffer from itching, hair loss, and crusty skin. They also have a distinctly strong odor that many find repugnant. The lesions are usually present on a dog’s ears, legs, and joints. Without proper medical intervention, these can spread throughout the body. The 2 most common types of mange in dogs are demodectic and sarcoptic mange. Demodectic mange causes severe itching but is not contagious. On the other hand, sarcoptic mites prefer to burrow on hairless skin such as ear flaps, the belly, and elbows. The lesions are often very itchy and there are scabs, skin crusting and hair loss. Your veterinarian will take some skin scrapings to identify what type of mite is affecting your pet before treatment is given.
Any skin problem should be brought to the attention of a professional veterinarian Fort Bragg, NC.