Symptom Checker

pug-on-laptop.jpgIs it mange? If so, what kind?

Trying to understand what’s wrong with your dog? Both Sarcoptic and Demodectic mange mites are difficult to detect and have symptoms that resemble other health problems. This means mange, especially the Demodectic variety, is frequently misdiagnosed. When treatment for the misdiagnosed condition fails or worsens the problem, owners often have to figure things out on their own.

If that’s where you are, here are some of the common telltale signs for each type.

Symptoms and severity vary widely from dog to dog. Your dog could have none, some or all. Symptom intensity can run from barely noticeable to unbearable. Few dogs exhibit the exact same combination. Hopefully this information will help narrow your search.

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UNIVERSAL Symptoms & indicators associated with ALL mange types

  • Itching
  • Dry skin
  • Hair loss
  • Redness
  • Bumps or bites
  • Scabs or flakes
  • Irritation or inflammation
  • Thickened skin
  • Lesions
  • Crusts
  • Skin discoloration

Now consider the differentiators below:

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Symptoms & indicators associated with DEMODECTIC

  • Any or all from the Universal column above
  • Itching worse at night
  • Itching returns after steroids wear off
  • Paw problems
  • Greasy coat
  • Musty or yeasty odor
  • Yeast infection (current or prior)
  • Ear problems
  • Secondary bacterial skin infection
  • Excessive yeast symptoms
  • Blackheads or acne-like bumps
  • Lethargy, loss of appetite
  • Recent stress, immuno-suppressive, steroids medications or antibiotics
  • Known immune system problems
  • Juvenile under 3 or senior over 8
  • Family or prior history of Demodex
  • Current or prior conditions such as Cushing’s, thyroid, cancer, Parvo, etc.
  • Allergy treatments didn’t work or last

Does this sound like your dog? Click here for more information on Demodex.

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Symptoms & indicators associated with SARCOPTIC

  • Any or all from the Universal column above
  • Itching increases in warm conditionsPustules with yellow crusts
  • Obvious small bite or track marks
  • Recent exposure to an animal carrying Sarcoptic mites. Exposure includes visiting an environment where an infected animal has recently been
  • Recent exposure to a human with Scabies. Exposure includes visiting an environment where an infected person has recently been
  • Other nearby animals or humans exhibit similar symptoms
  • Positive response to the Pedal-Pinna test. Here's a video of one being performed.
  • Allergy or other treatments didn't work

Sound familiar? Click here for more information on Sarcoptic mange.

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Symptoms & indicators associated with CHEYLETIELLA

  • Any or all from the Universal column above
  • Unkempt-looking coat
  • Scales or dandruff-like flecks
  • Recent exposure to an animal carrying Cheyletiella mites. Exposure includes visiting an environment where an infected animal has recently been
  • Recent exposure to a human with Cheyletiellosis. Exposure includes visiting an environment where an infected person has recently been
  • Mites may be visible
  • Moving flakes or dandruff on the skin
  • Multiple red, itchy bites/bumps
  • Sneezing if in nose
  • Other animals exhibit similar symptoms
  • People in your home itch

Sound familiar? Click here for more information on Cheyletiellosis.