This sometimes occurs in dogs without an obvious underlying problem. Demodicosis can be localized or generalized. Localized demodicosis infections usually occur early in life, typically in puppies between 3 and 6 months of age. This form of of the disease is usually mild and responds well to treatment. Many cases resolve spontaneously with little or no treatment, though in some dogs it progresses to the generalized form.
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This sometimes occurs in dogs without an obvious underlying problem. Demodicosis can be localized or generalized. Localized demodicosis infections usually occur early in life, typically in puppies between 3 and 6 months of age.
This form of of the disease is usually mild and responds well to treatment. Many cases resolve spontaneously with little or no treatment, though in some dogs it progresses to the generalized form. Generalized demodicosis is more difficult to treat and carries a more guarded prognosis. You will notice thinning hair, scaly skin, and the skin itself will appear reddish-brown and look very itchy. With generalized demodicosis, skin lesions are more widespread and may involve the entire body.
Your dog may look scruffy and show signs of hair loss as well as discoloration of the skin. She may also be lethargic and have a poor appetite. The treatment for demodicosis will vary depending on whether the infection is localized or generalized. Localized demodicosis often requires no treatment other than careful observation.
As stated above, the good news is that, most often, localized infestations resolve themselves without treatment! Generalized demodicosis is treated with oral or topical medication depending on the individual case. In some situations, additional medications are prescribed, such as antibiotics if a secondary bacterial infection has occurred. Regularly scheduled recheck examinations and skin scrapings are needed to monitor response to therapy.
A healthy environment, good diet, and regular veterinary checkups will help your dog be in the best possible health! The good news about demodicosis is that it is NOT contagious to other dogs, cats, or humans!
If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian — they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets. Beware the Bug.
Demodectic Mange in Dogs
Sandra N. This disease allows mites from the normal cutaneous biota to proliferate in the hair follicles and sebaceous glands, leading to alopecia, erythema, scaling, hair casting, pustules, furunculosis, and secondary infections. Demodex canis identified on skin scrapings Figure 2. Short-bodied form: Demodex cornei.
Demodicosis in Dogs
This update will start with a brief history and background on canine demodicosis followed by a brief review of the latest published insight into the demodex mites, and lastly, a brief review of current treatments. Historically described in as an obligate parasite of the pilosebaceous glands of humans; we consider the demodex canis, d. Mites are transferred via maternal contact very early in life to the offspring, as offspring born via cesarean and kept isolated will have no demodex mites and the mite is not considered contagious. The different canine demodex mites are closely related with no known cross species zoonotic risk but are, according to newer publications, genetically different. The full phylogenetic classification continues to evolve.