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How do you get rid of mange?

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Eliminate both demodectic and sarcoptic mange by dipping the affected animal in a chemical pesticide bath or lime sulfur dip that kills the mites, according to Healthy Pets. Continue treatment until three consecutive skin scrapings show that the animal is free of mites and other symptoms.

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These dips can have several serious and harmful side effects, so this type of treatment should be prescribed and performed by a veterinarian. Natural dips and treatments also are available, states Healthy Pets. To supplement chemical dips, Healthy Pets suggests boosting the animal's immune system and improving the condition of its coat by feeding it omega-3 fatty acids as well as echinacea and other herbal remedies. Regular disinfecting baths during the course of treatment also are important to reduce secondary bacterial and yeast infections.

Parasitic mites that embed themselves in the animal's skin or hair follicles cause both types of mange. Although not all species cause mange, Healthy Pets warns that a large enough population of any type of mite can cause mange.

Demodectic mange, also known as red mange, occurs most often in young dogs with weakened or compromised immune systems, explains Healthy Pets. Sarcoptic mange, known as canine scabies, is caused by Sarcoptes scabiei, a type of mite that provokes an inflammatory response when the female lays eggs beneath the skin. Unlike demodectic mange, sarcoptic mange is extremely contagious and can infects cats, people and other mammals.

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