Mange is a skin condition found in many species of animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, and guinea pigs. There are many types of mange, but all have the same cause, mites. One type, called sarcoptic mange, can be transmitted from pets to people. Our veterinarians at Ambassador Animal Hospital in Columbia, SC, are here to help when your furry friend is dealing with mange.

Sarcoptic Mange

Sarcoptic mange, also called scabies, affects dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and many other kinds of pets. It is caused by microscopic mites called Sarcoptes scabiei. This condition is highly contagious, and people can become infected. It causes hair loss, intense itching to the point where the pet scratches itself open and cries when scratching. Fortunately, mites can be killed by oral or injectable medicine provided by your veterinarian or animal clinic. Pets that scratch themselves open may require antibiotics to prevent infections.

Demodectic Mange

This type of mange is common to dogs and cats. It does not transmit to people. It is caused by a family of mites called Demodex. Each species has its own kinds of Demodex mites. Many animals can host some Demodex mites and never get mange. However, sometimes the mites become numerous and cause itchiness, hair loss, sore skin, and crusting on the skin. Like sarcoptic mange, demodectic mange can be cured with medication from your vet, which may include antibiotics.

Mange in Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs are prone to many kinds of mange, but mainly the kind they suffer from is caused by Sellnick mites. Like the other kinds of mites, they are microscopic and bury into the guinea pig’s skin. They cause intense itching, hair loss, crustiness, and sometimes seizures. Guinea pigs can be so distressed by mites that they lose their appetites. Guinea pigs can die from Sellnick mites. These mites are not transmissible to other species, including humans.

Get Treatment for Mange in Columbia, SC

Contact our veterinarians at Ambassador Animal Hospital if you have questions about mange. We will perform a comprehensive exam on your furry friend and if we determine mange is affecting your pet, we will create an appropriate treatment plan. Call our team today at (803) 787-3840 to speak with one of our veterinarians.


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