What causes Mange?

Demodectic Mange is passed from all mothers to their puppies during the first 2-3 days of nursing.  If a puppy is reared by a human they fail to have these mites.

Demodex (Red) Mange

Demodex (Red) Mange

Apparently after about 2 days if the pup hasn’t contracted Demodex Mites, their immune system is strong enough from preventing further infestation of the mites, as long as the immune system stays strong.  Almost all dogs have the mites on their body, if the dogs immune system is healthy the animal keeps the population of these mites in check.  When an immune system is comprimied for any reason (stress, poor diet, lack of exercise) the mites have the opportunity to proliferate.  Many experts claim that Mange Mites live off the dog in an area they frequent, clean any areas the dog frequents well to prevent infestation.  A quality Multi Vitami or food additive (MIssing Link) is suggested to help boost the immune system as well as frequent baths, exercise twice a day, clean water and enough sleep in a clean environment.  Allergies should be suspected as well, many dogs are allergic to many grains such as corn and they can lower immune strength.  When treating mange try a different brand of dog food or look for one with a single source of protein and carbohydrates to decrease the risk of any pet food allergies.  Mange can be acquired by adult dogs who’s immune system isn’t up to par but it is usually a disease found in puppy’s.

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