It takes approximately 1 month for an animal affected by sarcoptic mange to recover fully from the illness, according to the ASPCA. Younger dogs have a better chance at having a full recovery from mange, while older dogs may require to an extended treatment plan. Veterinarians will monitor the dog's progress every 2 weeks with skin scrapes after treatment has begun.Continue Reading
There are numerous ways that an animal with sarcoptic mange can be treated including oral medication, injections, special shampoos and a topical ointment. Since treatments for skin conditions can cause negative side effects in animals, it is recommended that pet owners consult with a veterinarian before performing any treatments at home.
The most common symptoms of sarcoptic mange include excessive scratching, bald spots, sores on the skin and scabs. Symptoms usually begin around a week after the animal was exposed. Sarcoptic mange is contagious to humans, causing a rash of red bumps.
If a pet was diagnosed with sarcoptic mange it is recommended to change their bedding and collar. It's also important to have other animals in the house that have made contact with the affected animal tested for this skin disease to be safe. Veterinarians also recommend keeping the animal isolated from other pets in the house to ensure the mites do not transfer to them during the treatment.Learn more about Veterinary Health
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