Pet Points: Dog mange treatments vary with animal’s breed and age

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The 4-month-old Doberman pinscher puppy I saw last month was beautiful. He was muscular, and his coat was shiny and sleek. Heart, lungs, eyes, ears and teeth all checked out fine. We reviewed his history and previous vaccinations. Diet and feeding schedule were discussed. The only part of his exam that bothered me were a few patchy spots around his muzzle. Just to be sure, I used a surgical blade and some oil and did a skin scraping. A microscopic exam revealed a small mite that caused a condition called demodectic mange. Demodex, as it is often referred to, is a tiny mite that lives in the hair follicles of dogs and other species. They are microscopic mites that look like a cigar with legs at the front end. The mite can be frequently found in young dogs and is often self-limiting. The

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