Mange is caused by mites, which are tiny arachnoid parasites. There are two types of mange found in dogs, demodectic, with is not contagious to humans and causes less severe symptoms, and sarcoptic mange, which is contagious to humans and causes more intense itching and hair loss. Mange occurs when these parasitic mites burrow into your dog's skin and take up residence in skin pores and hair follicles. Once embedded, they secrete a substance that forms a barrier protecting them inside your dog's skin. Topical medications to treat mites will only work if the medication can come in contact with the mites. Bathing your dog with medicated shampoo to open up pores and expose the mites, so you can treat them with topical medications and dips is required to get rid of these nasty little bugs. Bathing may also provide some relief from symptoms of mange, by removing scaliness and greasiness that accompanies mite infestation and by soothing irritated skin.
Have been washing with flea and tick shampoo by Hartz. What is a good rinse to help ease discomfort, but still help kill the critters, I can probably make any mixtures if you know of a diy kind. Haven't seen any rinse at pet store.
I did find a spray on solution for hot spots. Is that good for this purpose?
How often should I wash and reapply the rinse or spray.I want to help him heal, but not sure how often to do this without making him irritated.
Hi Djanae! A major concern with mange is the risk of secondary infection. Additionally, some types of mange can be contagious (even to you)! Because of this, I would see a veterinarian to get a definitive diagnosis for Finn. The vet will be able to prescribe the right treatment that will not only eliminate the mange but provide relief for the discomfort that you are rightly concerned about. The vet can also tell you what to use to clean your house to guard against reinfection. This should put you on the right track to Finn's recovery. Good luck!
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