Demodectic Mange

(also known as Red Mange or Demodicosis)

Caused by a microscopic mite known as Demodex Canis which all dogs raised normally by their mothers possess. These mites are transferred from mother to pup during the first few days of life. The mites are normal residents in dog skin; however, for some dogs, the mites proliferate and can cause serious skin disease.

Note 1: Demodectic Mange is not contagious and mites are not transmitted to humans or other dogs (except the mother dog to her pups).

Note 2: Sarcoptic Mange is a completely different disease.

Additional Information: ~ Demodectic Mange From the Mar Vista Animal Medical Center — Indepth information on Demodectic Mange, including treatment.

Note: This section of Canada's Guide to Dogs is intended as a source of information only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional care. Always consult with your Veterinarian about health related matters.