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How to care for a dog with scabies

It is a disease that is 'primed' with the skin of the dogs, and that is contagious for humans, there are several types and homemade recipes to prevent them

Produced by some species of mites and visible on the skin, Scabies is a canine disease that can be transmitted to people. The good news is that scabies can be prevented and treated in dogs with very good results if proper treatment is performed.

What is scabies?

It is a skin disease caused by parasitic mites that feed on tallow, keratin and skin cell debris, both dogs and cats and humans.

The most common contagion is carried out through direct contact with an affected animal, as well as for those objects that have been used by him, such as blankets or brushes.

According to the species of mite that inhabits the canine's skin, the type of mange that it suffers will correspond. This pathology It is very common in stray dogs or in those that live overcrowded and in poor hygienic conditions.

Demodectic mange

The mites that cause this type of scabies are of the genus demodex, which live naturally in the skin and hair follicles. The disease appears when for some reason (cancer, hypothyroidism or imbalances in the immune system) the population of these microorganisms increases.

It should be noted that demodectic mange is not contagious among animals or for people. Thus, it affects purebred dogs with short hair, including the Doberman and the shar pei.

Symptoms and detection of scabies

In order to identify scabies in a dog we must pay attention to certain symptoms and behaviors in the animal. The good thing about this mite infection is that it is easy to recognize.

Depending on the type of scabies, the extent and location of the lesions will be different. However, one of the characteristics common to all is itching or itching. This means that You will see your dog scratch continuously in the same area, as well as lick and even get hurt in a specific area.

On the other hand, you will lose hair where you have scabies, perhaps in the form of ‘patches’ or a larger extension depending on how severe the disease is. You can also have dandruff, peeling skin, scabs and pustules.

Redness and inflammation of the skin, wounds and sores or the dermis viva in live meat ’are more than certain signs that the animal suffers scabies. In some cases even the dog does not want to eat, has a bad smell on the skin and loses a lot of weight.

Prevent and treat scabies in dogs with home remedies

The treatment of scabies should be focused on two points: the application of remedies in the animal and the hygiene of its environment. For the first one we can use drugs prescribed by the veterinarian - which are administered orally - and also increase the effectiveness using homemade recipes for external application. Some options are:

This antibacterial and healing ingredient can help in the recovery of the skin of the animal and in the elimination of the mites. The treatment consists of grinding two cloves of garlic and mixing them with olive oil, then spreading it over the affected area and letting it work overnight. The next day, rinse with a damp cloth.

2. Neutral soap

Dogs that have scabies should be bathed with a white or neutral soap, to prevent perfumes from further irritating the skin. There are in turn medicinal soaps with very effective antibacterial and antiseptic properties, which are applied to damp skin and rinsed after two minutes.

3. Camomile

This plant has many benefits for the skin and, therefore, serves to prevent and treat scabies in dogs. Chamomile flowers are refreshing, anti-inflammatory and cleansing. You can make an infusion with a tablespoon of the plant for every half liter of water and, when it is cold, use the filtered liquid to wet the animal's mantle.

How to fight sarcoptic mange

Sarcoptic mange is mainly produced by two types of mites: the Sarcoptes and the Cheyletiella. They affect the skin of the animal, in which they can cause zonal type alopecia, that is, areas where there is no hair, and much itching. In severe cases, the dog could be practically bald, and covered by mites, except the eyes, nose and anal area.

What to do? The most advisable is to prevent it. Today we have pipettes that repel mites thus protecting the health of the animal. In the case that it is already infested, these insecticides can also be applied to combat them, and bathe it with insecticides.

How to fight dermodectic mange

Caused by a mite called Demodex, it is one of the most common. It is also known as Demodicosis, which can be located when the affected area is a specific part of the body, or generalized. It causes focal alopecia, which, as in the sarcoptic, can be extended. It is important to know that It is not contagious, but if the mother has it, she can transmit it to her puppies.

The treatment consists of put a pipette for the mites, and bathe the dog with almitraz.

How to fight the scabies

Ear scabies, or that of the ears, occurs when mites enter and lodge in the ear canal. They provoke otitis, and make the ears smell a little bad, due to the presence of earwax.

The dog scratches and shakes its head trying to relieve itself, but It can only be fought by putting a pipette and, in severe cases, with drops in the ears.

If you suspect your furry has or may have scabies, don't hesitate to take him to the vet to examine it.

Scabies in a dog's ears and all over his body

Scabies produces a lot of itching, discomfort and is usually a symptom of a dirty environment, a poorly fed dog, with a low or poorly maintained immune system, with high levels of stress and anxiety. The two most common ways to get scabies are: contagion or genetic causes. There are prone dogs, like their descendants, to have a testicle that does not lower them or to possess in their skin and naturally any of these parasites that cause scabies.

Demodectic mange needs to be diagnosed during the first months of the dog's life to be properly intervened. There are no home treatments that eliminate it forever nor is there a cure, but it is controllable. This scabies usually scares caregivers a lot because it comes out when the puppy is very young and makes him complain a lot, but itching and damage can be minimized.

Another type of scabies is the one that occurs specifically in the ears. It can cause serious damage, and why? Because it stings, and to alleviate this discomfort, the dog rubs with everything it finds. Of course, not always that your hairy has this behavior is because of scabies, sometimes it can be a common otitis or that something has been put inside. The diagnosis in time will avoid scares and accelerate the cure.

Is scabies in dogs contagious?

All scabies, appear on the legs, on the torso, on the face or in the ear is produced by the attack of a group of mites on your friend's skin. This already gives us a clue that scabies can be very, very contagious. Fortunately, it is a disease that is only transmitted between the same species. However, this does not mean that if cats and dogs live together in the same environment, the former cannot have a disease related to mites.

And because? Here is the first care advice for dogs with scabies: absolute cleaning. Mites and this type of parasites abound in poorly cleaned carpets, unwashed stuffed animals or in beds that are not sanitized. Second tip to take care of a dog with scabies: good nutrition and zero stress.

What pills for scabies in dogs are the best?

Many PetLovers ask us which shampoos and which pills are the best, but the medication can only be given to you by the veterinarian. It's easy to find items on the internet that give you lists of pills and drugs, but, What if instead of scabies you only have a dermatitis? And if the one who has recommended you that human pill, which is supposed to sit well, is not a doctor? Well, you can fry his liver and even kill him.

Therefore, your responsibility is to choose a diet of ten, rich in nutrients and adapted to your weight and age, also play a lot, a lot with it. You have to get home very tired and feel happy. If you add to that a very clean environment and the medication and shampoo that your veterinarian has given you after seeing it in consultation, your dog can treat scabies, not suffer so much with itching and get ahead.

Now, what you have to do is get in touch with our online veterinarians, explain the symptoms of your dog with scabies and get more information about all this we have told you. It will seem to you that we have told you little, but in reality we have given you the best advice: do not play veterinarians, for the health of your dog.

Basic care of the dog with scabies

If our dog suffers scabies, we have to be very strict with compliance withtreatment, even if it is long, to avoid recurrences, and we must periodically go to the veterinarian to perform controls to verify the effectiveness of the treatment.

In parallel there is a series of dog care with scabies that will help improve their quality of life and recover as soon as possible:

  • We will try to keep the ambient and avoid contacting other animals and people if you have a contagious mange.
  • A good one feeding and supplements with fatty acids They can be useful for keeping skin and hair in good condition.
  • In dogs with demodectic mange it is vital to avoid situations of stress and try the concomitant diseases They could suffer.
  • Keep in mind that animals with generalized demodectic mange under 2 years of age are usually genetically predisposed to suffer from the disease, and it is not convenient for them to reproduce. With the sterilization, we will avoid making your offspring suffer.

Prevention of scabies in dogs

Since the main form of transmission is the direct contact with the affected animals and fomites infected (brushes, blankets, dog toys ...), we will try not to approach animals suspected or diagnosed with scabies, we will apply the treatment suitable veterinarian for dogs with scabies, and we will follow some basic rules of personal and environmental hygiene. Periodic treatment with macrocyclic lactones, or new acaricidal compounds, could be useful for contagion prevention.

An exceptional case is demodectic mange, a non-contagious form, since the mite that produces it is found naturally in the skin of our dog, and only multiplies excessively in cases of immunosuppression and in genetically prone dogs. In this case, it is important to avoid stress and the reproduction of predisposed animals.