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Demodectic Mange in Dogs

Treatment

 

If localized, the problem is likely to resolve itself and disappear spontaneously, which happens in approximately 90 percent of cases. For severe generalized cases, long-term medication may be necessary to control the condition. Lime-sulfur dips to the affected areas may help relieve symptoms. In either case, the general health status of the animal should be evaluated.

 

Living and Management

 

Follow-up care should include skin scrapings, known as trichograms, to continually monitor the presence of mites and check the treatment’s progress. With chronic long-term cases, regular medication may be necessary.

 

Prevention

 

General good health may help prevent some cases. It also advised that dogs with generalized chronic mange not be bred, as the condition is likely to be passed to offspring.

 

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