Parasitology

Parasitology

Mange

What is Mange?

Mange is caused by the mite species Sarcoptes scabiei. It affects immune-suppressed animals and can cause many problems, including emaciation, anemia, skin wounds and infections. Unlike many other mite species that live topically, scabiei burrows into the epidermis. Humans can also get mange from Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis, although it’s better known as “Scabies” or “The Seven Year Itch.”

Photo: Sarcoptes scabiei under a microscope.

Treatment

If Mange is present, (only confirmed by skin scraping viewed under a microscope) a specific protocol is followed. This includes topical powder, oral anti-parasitic, blood work (PCV), medicated baths and antibiotics. This condition is very treatable, and results are usually visible in a few weeks.