Pet Meds for Treating Mange in Dogs

There are two common types of mange mites - demodex and scabies (demodectic and sarcoptic) When a dog owner finds out their dog has mange, they often ask what it is and what caused it to develop. First, there are two common types of mange mites with the more common one is known as demodex.  In this particular mange, there is an overgrowth of mites on the skin causing varying amounts of hair loss, crusting and sometimes secondary bacterial infection.

While this mite is present in low amounts on the skin of normal dogs, overgrowth can occur because of a genetic immune deficiency in young animals or immune suppression in older dogs.  When it is localized to one or a few areas, this is known as localized demodex and will often resolve on its own or with local treatment. The more generalized form also can resolve on its own, but most commonly needs some sort of systemic treatment with medications like topical Mitaban Dip or oral Ivermectin in certain breeds. Diagnosis is usually made by skin scrape at the local veterinarian, where treatment is recommended and monitored by follow up skin scrapes. It is important to note that this type of mange is not contagious.

The second common type called scabies mange is very contagious between dogs, and can occasionally affect people and other mammals in the house. It causes an intensely itchy condition most commonly manifested on thin haired areas of the body, such as the ear flaps, elbows, hips, and belly. While diagnosis is usually by skin scrape, sometimes this type of mite is hard to find on scrapings, so many times veterinarians will treat a pet for scabies mange if they suspect a case based on the history and physical exam. Most common treatments include oral or injectable Ivermectin or topical Revolution.

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  1. will the medication for dog 10 months old, Ivermedtin 1% – Demodex cause sleepness. She does not eat, back legs go numb, stunbles, has more salva than usual. 1.5 ml is given by mouthy twice daily.

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 12, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Sounds like your dog has had ivermectin toxicity neurological reaction. I would stop the drug immediately and call your veterinarian for alternative treatments.

  3. JADE, SCRATCHES ALOT, ESPECIALLY AROUND THE EARS. YOU CAN SEE HER SKIN AND IT IS BLOODY.
    SOMEONE TOLD ME IT WAS MANGE. WHAT MED. CAN I BUY HER.

  4. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 19, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    I woud not assume mange. could be allergies or other causing of itching. Need to have vet exam and skin scrape to help rule out and to guide treatment.

  5. On January 18, 2013 a puppy (boxer-mix)wandered up to me while I was visiting with my neighbor. Now, 2+ months later this adorable dog has stolen my heart and required expensive vet. help. Mange has been the biggest battle. He gets a med-bath every day, ivermetic liquid and cephalexin. His improvement has been astonishing (he was covered with scabs, bloody areas, and without hair when he arrived).
    This is a very long process and I wonder if others have advice to share or wisdom about getting this dog well.

  6. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 8, 2013 at 1:32 am

    I have found topical promeris every 2 weeks quite effective for demodex mange mites.

  7. I just realized that my dog’s lower back is very dry and crusting. He has lost A LOT of hair in that area. The rest of the body is normal. I think he has mange. What can I give him to help him?

  8. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 8, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    I would not assume mange. More likely some sort of inhalent/contact allergy, food allergy or fleabite allergy with possible secondary bacterial or yeast infection. You need to take him in for vet exam and evaluation to more fully assess

  9. We adopted our 15 month old lab mix from the local shelter in March. He had some hair loss and balding we noticed immediately as did our vet when we went after adoption to complete immunizations. Vet did a scrape and prescribed .7 ml once daily (dog weighs approx 45 lbs) and 6 months later after we’ve been through several bottles of Ivermectin (with his once daily dose) we decided to take him off about a month ago and his hair loss bad again. Should we continue his daily round of Ivermectin indefinitely to control the hairless or try something new? Seems silly to do another scrape when we knows its demodex..

  10. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 24, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    AT our office we use the topical medicine called promeris applied every 2 weeks, which seems to have the best results in our experience. This product, though is not widely available from many vets in the US, but perhaps you can find a vet who can get it for you from Europe.

  11. hi, we got a new puppy, I took her to the vet because she was scratching non stop and also flaky scab dry skin on her tummy, hips and feet. she has scabies mange. which also infected my entire family of 5. everyone keeps telling me I cant catch it from a dog and if I do it will go away on its own, anyways it didn’t go away it kept getting worse I got the cream to put on us and we have all been treated. my question is how long do I have to keep my puppy in a crate in the house before I know she is cured of this so she cannt spread or pass it on to us any further? also what is your input about us being affected? I know we are… we have have small bites all over us.( pimple like and itchy. of course I have cleaned my entire house from top to bottom! thanks inadvance

  12. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 4, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    As far as I learned, scabies mites are indeed contagious to people . Your pet should be treated aggressively for scabies mites; i.e such as with topical revolution every 2 weeks for 3 to 4 treatments. and you should be under care of human dermatologist. Usually it can take up to 4 to 6 weeks for scabies to be treated. Your dog should have followup skin scrapes at the vet.

  13. Im living here in Ecuador where it is very hard to find a good vet and medications to treat this disease. I had a dog from America that I brought here that got so sick he couldnt function. We took him to the vet abd they gave us medications but nothing worked. Now, I have a labrador mix that Im pretty certain has this problem. I found this dog on the streets. Do you know what are the exact medications that I need for this or anything equivalent that I can buy here in South America?

  14. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 5, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Hi Charlotte. Because there are many causes of hair loss and skin eruptions in pets, I cant make any specific recommendations regarding treatment, unless he has exam, skin scrape for mites and a definitive diagnosis.

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