Pit Bull 101: Sarcoptic Mange

Canine scabies, also known as sarcoptic mange, in dogs, is caused by the parasite Sarcoptes scabiei. These microscopic mites can invade the skin of healthy dogs or puppies and create a variety of skin problems, the most common of which is hair loss and severe itching. Sarcoptic mange is a zoonotic condition, meaning animals and humans can both get it, so it is important to treat immediately. This type of mange heals much quicker than demodextic mange. This condition can only be diagnosed by a veterinarian and requires prescription shampoo and other medications. But do not fret, with treatment it heals quickly!