With dogs what we have discovered through our questionnaire is that every owner that
we spoke to whose dogs are suffering from mange or have had it in the past all feed
a dry food diet / and or their dog originally had a skin problem prior to mange infestation.
Backing up our theory, if only in a small way, that diet plays an important role
in Mange mite infestation.
The reason as to why the mange mite is virtually undetected in domestic dogs by vets
may stem from the fact that many dog owners keep their pets immaculately groomed
and what we have learned is that when the skin pockets are opened the female mite
dies although the after effects of toxins from fecal remains and the toxins within
the mites body will still cause severe irritation and in many cases secondary infection
this may explain why skin scrapings in dogs very rarely show a mange mite problem.
Many on finding nothing from the skin scraping then give the dog a steroid injection
and possibly antibiotics. The owner goes away, their dog apparently itch free, that
is until the steroid injection wears off. Furthermore this steroid injection gives
the mange mites a boost, so once the injection does wear off the mites are now stronger!!!
Even where dogs have been properly diagnosed with Sarcoptic mange often the shampoo
given to treat this problem causes more problems than it cures. Bearing in mind the
instructions on the shampoo often inform dog owners to wear gloves when applying,
to apply outside, not to get on the skin and not to flush down the sink when finished.
All very well until you consider this is what is being placed on the dogs skin and
left. If it works, all this will do is kill the mite, but not improve the skin condition.
Hence the next time the dog comes into contact with the mite the dog gets the same