Mange treatment – Aloe Vera In Veterinary
MITES – Mange
Mange is caused by small mites burrowing insects which spend most of their life cycle on the animal.
Mange (Mites) in Dogs and Cats
Ear Mites (Otodecfes cynotis)
These are a common cause of ear inflammation in dogs and cats.
Usually associated with a discharge from the ear.
The infestation can spread to the neck, rump and tail regions.
Dandruff Mite (Cheyletiella)
This mite lives on the surface of the skin and does not burrow.
Clinically it causes increased loss of skin cells
leading to a dandruff appearance.
Most commonly seen in young animals, particularly if their immunity is low.
The condition can be quite itchy and can transfer to humans causing a skin rash.
It is very contagious.
Quite a common disease of young dogs caused by the hair follicle mite, Demodex canis.
It is seen particularly in dogs which are immune deficient through lack of T-lymphocytes. Patchy areas of hair-loss and dermatitis, particularly around the face. Can be itchy – but not always.
Fox Mange (Canine Scabies, Sarcoptic Mange)
Caused by Sarcopfes scabiei.
Frequently caught from foxes and is also transmissible to humans and cats.
The mite particularly likes the hairless areas of the body such as the margins of the ears, the elbows, hocks and underside (ventral) of the abdomen causing scaly lesions that itch.
In advanced cases the whole body may be involved.
If the lesions on the ear are rubbed, this causes an uncontrollable hind leg reflex in the dog, which can be a useful diagnostic aid.
Harvest Mites (Trombicula autumnalis)
A seasonal itchy condition caused by the larvae of the harvest mite which is caught from long grass in the late summer.
Common sites are paws, muzzle and ears, where the orange coloured mite can usually be seen.
Very itchy, particularly between feet.
Treatment of Conditions Caused by Mites in Cats and Dogs
As in the case of fleas, the mite has to be controlled as the first step.
Aloe Vera will not normally achieve this, but medicated topical preparations are readily available. Ask your vet.
Spray the infected areas lightly with Aloe Vera spray solution.
Apply Aloe Vera gelly and rub in well.
Repeat this 4 times daily, but it is usually only necessary to wash once.
Because some of these diseases are as a result of a lowered immunological response it is particularly
disable to put these animals on oral Aloe Vera gel – cat 20mls a day and dogs 60mls per day.