How to diagnose dog mange
The requirements of knowing how mange occurs cannot be stressed too highly. Mange is caused by miniature mites that live in the animal's fur, and the female mange mite will dig into the skin of the animal in order to lay her eggs. This can cause an unwanted reaction in the dog or cat, and leads to persistent irritation and suffering as well as other symptoms that we will look at later. The mites themselves have a life span of a short period but they reproduce at a rapid rate. It is when the number of mites increases rapidly that the pet can become susceptible to mange.
Further symptoms can include rashes, lethargy and red areas on the skin - so called red mange - that are harmful and present great discomfort for the animal.
If mange is noticed it is best to commence treatment straight away, as keeping the illness under control is vital to treating the condition. Mange is rarely a danger to life but can be dangerous if allowed to get out of control. It is also very distressing for the animal, whose welfare should be considered at all times. Instances of mange transferring from dogs or cats to humans are known to have occurred and the most common form of mange - known as sarcoptic mange - is considerably contagious and occurs in humans as scabies.
It is so that mange mites are specific to only one species - a dog mite will live best on dogs only, a cat mite on cats - but they can exist for short periods on other than their natural host. For this reason it is best to keep uninfected pets away from those with the mange to be safe and sound.