Red Mange is a common name for a canine disease medically known as Demodicosis.  This is caused by very tiny mites called Demodex canis mite that are invisible to the naked eye. These mites invariably multiply in your pet’s hair follicles.   These are found only in dogs and are passed from dog to dog or from mother to pups.  The Demodex mite is commonly found on the skin of the dogs. When the immunity is suppressed due to illness, stress etc a dog is prone to develop Red mange.

Symptoms of Red mange

  • Loss of Hair
  • Little bald spots
  • Reddening of the skin
  • Affected area getting scabby and crusty
  • Itchiness
  • Weakened immune system.

What are the two types of red mange?

Red mange is seen in two forms among dogs: One is a localized form, where small skin areas are affected.  And another is a generalized form, where majority of the body or feet gets affected.

  • If it is localized, the symptoms usually appear around the eyes, corners of the mouth, front legs and paws.  Cases of demodectic mange usually do not cause much itching but may cause sores on the dog's skin along with redness, scaly areas, hair loss and itching. It commonly appears first on the face, around the eyes, or at the corners of the mouth, the ears and on the front legs and paws. Secondary bacterial infection may cause complications. Localized demodicosis usually affects one or two areas of the skin.
  • The other type is generalized form of demodecosis, symptoms of which may be found on the head, legs and chest, eventually spreading over the dog's body. Usually large areas of hair loss, and the breakdown of skin and secondary bacterial infection sets in - leading to pus formation, oozing sores, foul odors etc.


This disease is not transmittable to people, but among dogs it spreads easily.  If Red mange persists for too long, it could get life threatening to the dog, causing swelling, ulcers and fever. Do not neglect this problem, there are a number of parasitical treatments that are available to deal with Red mange.  

  • Demodectic mange is usually treated with topical medications such as shampoos and dips. Mitaban (Amitraz) is usually used as a dip.  Ivermectin injections are effective.
  • Benzoyl peroxide shampoo may be used to wash the hair follicles clean and control any kind of secondary infections.
  • Sulfur dips, sulfurized lime rinses, topical treatments and medications will help deal with the mitt issue.
  • Consult your veterinarian for exact diagnosis and treatment. 

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