Question: Demodectic Mange
“I have a Great Dane with demodectic mange. I’d like to know more about this condition. My dog is under the care of a veterinarian, and has been for some time, but with little in the way of results.”
Don’t lose faith in your veterinarian. The parasites causing the condition are deeply located in the skin and thus need considerable attention. That type of mange is particularly difficult to control and some veterinarians maintain that it can never entirely be eliminated.
Also known as red mange, the demodectic type is caused by mites. Symptoms usually appear first round the eye and mouth, then spread to other parts of the dog’s body. If left untreated, secondary infections result and really complicate the situation. Veterinarians usually prescribe a skin cream or powder, oral medication, and sometimes even dips or baths.
Be patient. Priority consideration is to stop the spread. Clearing this condition up is going to take a long time.