Mange is not just an aesthetically degrading condition for dogs; it corrodes the affected dog’s immune system, leaving him vulnerable to fatal disease, the risk of acquiring which is significantly higher in street dogs. Moreover, itching, which is a predominant symptom of mange in dogs, leads to painful sores. Therefore, when you choose to extend help to a street dog suffering from mange, you are literally saving an innocent living being from agony.

What is Mange?

Every dog tends to have a few mites on his skin, but his immune system is able to keep the parasites from causing any practical harm. However, the condition of mange leads to these mites multiplying unchecked and causing itching, lowered immunity, baldness and sores on a dog’s body. Puppies are much more likely to get mange than are adult dogs. The disease is also popularly referred to as canine scabies.

Check for These Symptoms:

  • Bald spots and hair loss
  • Sores and scabs
  • Redness
  • Fierce itching

Tips on Helping a Street Dog with Mange

  • Look for the above-mentioned symptoms. The face, ears and muzzle area are most prone to catching mange.
  • If reasonable, take the infested animal to a nearby vet for an examination, scrapping and medicine prescriptions.
  • Else, you can yourself prepare a solution with 1% hydrogen peroxide diluted in water and a couple of tablespoons of borax, and rinse the dog with it for about a month every day.
  • Also, over the counter drugs like Canex, Ivermectin and Goodwinol soothe the condition.
  • Alongside the treatments for the disease, it will be of considerable help if you feed the suffering pooch. This will also make her trust you so that you can carry out the treatment without much resistance.

Are You at Risk of Getting Infected?

No. Mange causing mites cannot survive on human skin. However, they may get transferred on to your skin and cause short-lived and mild symptoms like a slightly itchy rash. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you wear protective gloves while trying to treat a doggie suffering from mange.

Extend help without hesitation, but do exercise basic caution in approaching unknown dogs – they may get aggressively defensive. It’s a good idea to approach with some food and a few gentle words!

If you have ever treated a stray dog, or even your own pet, for mange, please take a few moments to share your experience with us. We would love to spread as much information as we can get, about treating mange, among India’s dog-loving community.