Demodicosis In Cats And Dogs
Demodicosis in cats and dogs is a skin disease that is caused by mites (Demodex sp). It is commonly known as mange. The mites are present in the skin in small number and generally cause no harm. But the animal’s immune system become compromised, mites can rapidly multiply and cause irritation and skin problems. Affected pets suffer from extreme discomfort as a result of extreme persistent itching. There are skin sores that produces a foul odor. Skin redness, scabbing, and crusting may also be present. There will also be hair loss and bald spots.
Demodocosis in pets may be localized or generalized. Localized demodicosis affects only a small part of the body and the lesions are usually present on the face and/or legs. The condition is very common in puppies; about 90% of the cases resolve on their own even without any treatment. On the other hand, generalized demodicosis affects the pet’s entire body. Lesions are found in large patches of skin, or the animal’s entire body may be scaly, bald, patchy, and there is usually secondary infection. The problem is more common in younger pet; about 50% recover without treatment. Generalized demodicosis in older pets usually signify an underlying serious medical problem. Chronic cases of generalized demodicosis often has a hereditary component and affected dogs are not recommended for breeding.
Schedule an appointment with a vet clinic Ashburn, VA if you notice any signs of demodicosis displayed by your pet.