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Demodectic mange has a close cousin called localized demodectic mange. The name tells you enough to prevent me from too much of an explanation. Basically, it’s demodectic mange that’s happening in just one spot on an animal’s body, as opposed to running rampant across the entire body.

Who Gets Localized Demodectic Mange?

Localized demodectic mange is a variety of mange that is confined to puppies only. The mother passes it along to her pups during feeding.

How Is It Different from Normal Demodectic Mange?

Localized demodectic mange is different from its more common cousin in the obvious way–it’s local, not widespread. Furthermore, it occurs in dog puppies only, not adult dogs. Finally, it is different from normal demodectic mange in the way that it is treated. In fact, localized demodectic mange is usually not treated at all. It is simply allowed to run its course. A mere ten percent (usually less) of localized demodectic mange cases need a vet’s attention, and the only treatment that is applied is an easy and gentle topical medication.

Symptoms of Localized Demodectic Mange

Although it doesn’t require treatment, it’s still important to be aware of localized demodectic mange. The appearance of the skin will be similar to the initial stages of demodectic mange–red, scaly skin and thinning hair. However, there will only be a few small areas that are infected. Often, this occurs on the front of the legs or on the head. Localized demodectic mange will not spread.

Should You Treat Localized Demodectic Mange?

Since 10% of localized demodectic mange cases require clinical treatment, when do you know if your puppy needs it? Keep your eye on the mange. If it persists for more than a month with no change, you should be warned. If there is no change by two months, take your pet to see a vet. Sometimes, a case of localized demodectic mange can turn into a immune system infection. You will be able to tell if this is the case by the animal’s swollen lymph nodes. If you notice this, take your pet to the vet immediately. Most animal experts say that a case of localized demodectic mange should be cleared up in three months, maximum. Meanwhile, you can apply an over-the-counter antibacterial or anti-itch ointment on the infected area.

Notice: Information on this website should not be substituted for that of a professional Veterinarian. Only your Veterinarian can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your pet’s unique needs or diagnose your pet’s particular medical history.