Red Mange: What to Know

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sick dog pictureMadeline Libin

Mangy mutt! It's an oft-uttered exclamation to stray dogs in the movies, but by and large, mange is misunderstood. There are three types of mange: demodectic mange (red mange), cheyletiella, and sarcoptic mange (scabies). Paw Nation spoke to Dr. Steven Kasanofsky, Medical Director at Riverside Animal Hospital in New York City, to get the scoop on red mange.

What is red mange?
Demodectic mange, better known as red mange, is a skin condition caused by the Demodex canis mite, that actually lives in dogs' hair follicles. In most dogs, these mites don't cause problems, as pets with healthy immune systems are able to keep clinical signs at bay.

What are some signs of red mange?
Clinically, red mange often appears as scaly red lesions with some hair loss, most commonly appearing first on the face (especially around the eyes and at the corners of the mouth) and also on the neck and paws. There can be just one or two lesions (localized) or the lesions can cover a larger portion of the body (generalized). In more severe cases, the lesions can be accompanied by crusting, pain, and deep skin infections.

Who is most susceptible to red mange?
Mange is most often seen in animals with compromised immune systems. Puppies (with not-yet-matured immune systems) and older dogs (with debilitated immune systems) are most likely to get mange. Animals who are under intense stress and/or malnourished are also at a greater risk.

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