what are similarities and differences in sarcoptic and demodectic mange in dogs

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    bump this one over to 6 dogs...

    Thank you d, appreciate letting me stand on the soapbox for a bit.
    Sarcoptic mange is also known as canine scabies and is caused by a burrowing mite named Sarcoptes scabiei canis. The disease is highly contagious and can spread to other pets and humans.

    This is the one we hope our dogs never get. It is incredibly hard to get rid of because it is so contagious. Most likely your dog will get it from another dog or cat that has it.

    Demodetic mange in dogs – also known as Red Mange – is caused by a species of mite named Demodex canis. Demodex canis is naturally occurring in the hair follicles of most dogs without causing any problems at all. When a dog is weakened by something, such as stress, poor nutrition, or problems with the immune system, the Demodex canis population can however grow dramatically in size and start causing skin irritation. This condition is known as Demodetic mange.

    The big issue with mange is that you, me and anybody else you know - except the vet - cannot tell which one your dog has. The skin has to be scraped and put under a microscope to see what little critters are crawling around.

    The demodex is much easier to get rid of and it takes very little time. The sarcoptic is a long term treatment.

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