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Sarcoptic Mange/ Canine Mange Index
Can I catch Scabies from an infected fox or dog? There is a small chance you can get a reaction from mange. This reaction causes small pimples that prove more irritating when hot, ie after a bath. This is usually self limiting in that once the animal is treated that passed on the reaction, your symptoms go. A course of antihistamine's usually stops the irritation. The mite that causes mange in foxes is not the same mite that causes Scabies. The mite that causes scabies is known as Sarcoptes Scabiei hominis.
Before mange Treatment
Seven weeks after mange treatment
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Sarcoptic Mange/ Canine Mange Frequently Asked Questions
What causes fox mange?: Firstly there is no such thing as fox mange, many mammals can get mange, not just foxes. The correct term is Sarcoptic Mange or Canine Mange. The mite responsible is called Sarcoptes Scabiei.
Mange can start anywhere on the foxes body but
It tends to start at the back end and work its way
to the head. The fox will scratch and bite and hence
can transfer it to the head region sooner.
Can my dog catch mange? Yes, although only a slight risk, it is there nonetheless. It is however very easily treated in domestic dogs and may be worth mentioning to the vets if your dog starts to constantly bite at its paws, legs or underbelly.
Why do you send out an homeopathic Treatment for mange in foxes when there is conventional treatment available? We send out the homeopathic treatment because it’s safe and effective. We have been sending out this treatment for over ten years with brilliant results. We are not homeopaths and we do use conventional medicine when we have hands on with a fox. The conventional mange treatment Ivomectin, can be very dangerous for many reasons. The first being that if a dog with any collie line in it, was to take food meant for the fox that was laced with Ivomectin it could kill the dog. Since the life cycle of the mite is three weeks, Ivomectin is best given once a week for three weeks. If you were to miss a dose, it wouldn’t be effective. Also to try to target just one fox, when you are likely to have more than one visiting is very hit and miss. We have also found that for a fox with advanced mange, this could
prove to be the kill rather than the cure. When one thinks how many mites are living
and breeding on the host and one injection kills them all, the toxins from all these
dead mites can overload an already overstretched immune system. We feel that a fox
with advanced mange should be brought in a stabilised with re-
What other symptoms apart from hair loss should we look out for? Possibly the main one is the constant scratching and biting. Some other symptoms can include the following; One leg off the ground due to soreness of the mange ( usually a back leg). Out during the day when you wouldn’t normally see a fox. Fox walking around like its got lead boots on its feet. Apparent disregard for humans, ie doesn’t run away and shows no real fear. Sleeping in your old rabbit hutch, barn or shed and only looks up and doesn’t run when you approach. Conjunctivitis ie eyes gummed up or looking like slits. Wounds either side of the tail, where we believe the fox may drag its rump across the ground to relieve the intense irritation. A great thirst, when usually you would be lucky to see a fox drink for a few seconds, a mangy fox can drink for minutes. (This is never a good sign so you should call us 07778 183954). In advanced stages a fox with bad mange can look like its skin is actually dry cracked earth. A fox with bad mange will be emaciated, and its whole posture will look wrong. They actually take on a hunched look leading some to believe its a wallaby or a strange creature.
How long will it take in captivity to cure a fox? We usually say, depending on the
severity of the mange about 6 -
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