How to Keep a Dog From Getting Mange From Another Dog

by Victoria Lee Blackstone
    While dogs with mange may share the mites responsible, they do not always cause mange in other dogs.

    While dogs with mange may share the mites responsible, they do not always cause mange in other dogs.

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    Canine mange, also known as canine scabies, is a highly contagious skin disease caused by the parasitic mites Sarcoptes scabiei or Demodex canis. Dogs provide natural hosts for mites that reside in the hair follicles. When a puppy is born, the mother transfers the mites to the puppies. In healthy dogs, these mites reside in the follicles without causing any complications. However, in dogs with underlying medical conditions or weakened immune systems, these mites overpopulate, causing mange.

    Keeping Mange at Bay

    Because most dogs already have a living population of these mites on their coat, isolation from other dogs with mange is often not necessary, though it is recommended. Typically, exposure to other dogs with mange will only increase your dog’s already living mite population. As long as your dog is healthy, he is unlikely to develop mange. With that said, ensuring your dog is in optimal health helps to reduce his risk of developing mange from exposure to another dog or from his own mite population.

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    About the Author

    Victoria Lee Blackstone is a horticulturist who propagates heirloom and native plants for her nursery. She has authored research-based scientific/technical papers, plant care sheets and magazine and newspaper articles. Blackstone studied botany and microbiology at Clemson University and is a former University of Georgia Extension Master Gardener Coordinator.

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