Generally, Dogs are vulnerable to parasites
like mange mites and ticks. They easily
get infected by these diminutive organisms
and are at the risk of getting pathetic
infestation, which can spread rapidly ruining
the skin nature of the animal. Among the
commonly occurring skin ailment in dog Mange
is one type that has the possibility becoming
a hereditary disorder.
Usually Manges are caused by Demodex and
Sarcoptes types of mites.
Demodectic mange is frequently seen in young
puppies having a poor immune capacity, and
thus it is otherwise called as puppy mange.
The rashes created by the action of Demodex
mites appear red in texture, so it has another
identification name called Red mange. These
mites are microscopic in size that exists
or occurs in most of the mammals and get
transmitted to the other host in case of
direct contact. In initial stage the small
rash patches occur particularly over the
front face and at the back of the neck.
On dogs having poor immunity the mature
stage of mange is characterized by large
lesions spread all over the body creating
a frequent itching sensation on the dog
that makes it ferocious and looks pale red.
In case of Sarcoptic mange the skin infection
generally occurs under ears and abdomen
as the Sarcoptes scabiei mite causing this
ailment prefers hairless skin. On the progress
of the disease,
the entire body gets infected. Itchiness
is brought by the locomotion of the mites.
The mites are likely to cause Scabies on
humans when they have contact with the affected
host. Sarcoptic mange requires proper identification
before opting for the treatment because
the characteristics of the disease are often
mistaken as usual skin disorder.
Most of the dog owners are unaware about
the apt treatment
that they necessarily need to carry in order
to eradicate such infestation. Veterinarian
prescription for the treatment of mange
is necessary when an animal is affected
worse but in case it is detected earlier,
primary homemade treatment can be given,
which includes the application of mineral
oil like Neem
oil over the mange skin. Neem oil doesn't
have the efficiency to cure the disease
to the fullest in mature condition, but
it can be used on puppies and adult dogs
with fewer mange lesions. By applying neem
oil, the immune capacity of the animal is
boosted up thereby it controls
the further progress of the mites action
on the skin. Neem
oil shampoos can also be used instead
of usual synthetic dog shampoos as one way
of treating the mange.
Author: Adam Teaser - neem
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