Dog disease: Scabies in dogs Symptoms and Treatment
Scabies in dogs, also known as canine scabies (to distinguish it from human scabies), or sarcoptic mange, is a non-seasonal skin disease caused by a mite called Sarcoptes scabiei. The condition is highly contagious and also causes severe itching. This itching leads to the formation of scabs and hair loss.
The mite, mostly the female, will burrow into the skin to lay eggs. The mites spend their entire life cycle (17-20 days) on the dog. Scabies can be easily transmitted from dog to dog and dogs of any age or condition can have it.
What causes scabies in dogs?
Sarcoptic mange is caused by a tiny parasite, Sarcoptes scabiei. They burrow into the outer layers of the skin producing pruritis (itchiness). Getting infected with Sarcoptes scabiei is very easy. All it takes is direct contact of an uninfected dog with an infected one. This usually happens in parks, kennels, animal shelters, and veterinary clinics. Symptoms will begin to develop in 2 weeks after contact.
Transmission of the mites can also happen through inanimate objects such as sheets, beds, tables, etc. When a dog is exposed to the mites, these begin to reproduce rapidly. The females will burrow deeper into the skin to lay their eggs which hatch within 3 to 10 days. In two or three weeks, these baby mites will develop and lay their own eggs. This process will last from 17 to 21 days, which is the life cycle of Sarcoptes scabiei.
What are the symptoms of sarcoptic mange?
The most obvious sign of scabies in dogs is constant itching in your dog. As a consequence, there is hair loss. You will find that the ears, abdomen, elbows, hocks, and chest are the most common places for sarcoptic mange to develop.
Scabies in dogs is actually hard to see, so a clinical diagnosis is necessary to confirm a possible infestation. He will prescribe special therapy to deal with your dog´s scabies.
How can I prevent my dog from getting scabies?
The best way to keep your dog from getting sarcoptic mange is to avoid contact with dogs or people infected with the disease. Keep your dog healthy and in a clean environment. Here in Dogalize you will find useful tips and tricks to keep your dog free of scabies and other skin diseases. Follow us to learn more.