Scabies In Our Pets

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Scabies is caused by an excessive population of mites. There are a number of different species of this type of parasitic mite, and they usually live in the follicles of the hair of our pets. These mites are almost always transmitted from mother to young in the first weeks of life, and generally live in harmony in your pet without causing any problems. However, when occurs something like malnutrition, an immune system weakened, or voltage intense, interrupts this natural balance and these mites can reproduce quickly and become out of control. Because the mites that cause scabies live in dogs hair follicles, hair loss is usually the first noticed symptom.

Hair loss typically begins with the main, often beginning around the eyes and muzzle area. Other symptoms include the crunchy, red skin that may appear moist in appearance, and in some cases, the affected areas can become sensitive and chopping and can even crack and ooze. Scabies can be mild to very serious and if it is treated, can actually be fatal. In serious cases, hair loss can extend through all areas of the body, lymph nodes may swell, the skin can become inflamed and painful and secondary infections can happen quickly. Some dogs may develop symptoms such as a fever, lethargy and loss of appetite. One of the things that need to be mentioned is that scabies is not caused by unsanitary conditions or contamination of the environment. It is not contagious because most pets already have mites.

Scabies is caused by a poor immune system and is most common in dogs with underdeveloped immune systems or older pets with suppressed immune systems. Corticosteroids or other immuno-suppression drugs have also been implicated as a possible cause for the scabies as well as other types of disease caused by mites. Diagnosis of scabies if you suspect that your pet may have scabies, so a veterinary examination is necessary.

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