Most dog owners will deal with mange at one point or another. There are three distinct types of mange, two of which require veterinary intervention. Mange is caused by mites, where each type of mange is caused by a different species of mites. Cheyletiella is the least serious form of mange. It brings itching and light dandruff over the dogâs body. A good medicated shampoo will be successful in treating this mild case of mange.
Sarcoptic is another type of mange which is a bit more serious, but very treatable if diagnosed in time. This type of mange is contagious to humans. So a lot of caution should be used when treating and handling a dog that has been diagnosed with this type of mange. The dog will have uncontrollable itching and patchy hair loss. Veterinary intervention will be needed. He will most likely prescribe Ivermectin, which is given in two doses (two weeks apart).Â
Demodetic is the third type of mange, caused by the demodex mite. This type of mange usually occurs in young dogs in the areas around the face and eyes. Demodetic mange is very treatable with Amitraz dip. This is the treatment I used for my dog Oreo. Oreo is a stray puppy that I found and subsequently adopted as my own. He had a lot of hair loss around his lower back and tail area. I visited a local Feed Store here in my neighborhood. They suggested that I use the Amitraz dip. You are supposed to mix 4 oz into one gallon of water and wet the dogâs hair and skin completely.Â This treatment should be done every three weeks for 3 months.Â In conjunction with this dip, I also used an oatmeal-based shampoo and an itch spray.Â I cannot tell you how wonderfully this treatment worked. After just 2 treatments of the dip and oatmeal shampoo, Oreo was beginning to look better. His itching stopped completely and his hair loss stopped. The patchy hair loss was complimented by new beautiful hair growth. Oreo is now a very happy dog.