Demodicosis in Dogs

Demodicosis in Dogs

Cost of Treatment: $55 to $95

What it is: Mites are the cause of demodicosis, commonly referred to as deomdectic mange or red mange. While the mite infestation results in unsightly symptoms, affected dogs do not need to be isolated from other pets.


  • Thinning hair
  • Red, scaly skin
  • Localized cases affect trunk, legs and face
  • Generalized cases can affect entire body
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite

Treatment: Localized cases need to be monitored, but they may clear up on their own. Generalized cases are usually treated with an oral or topical medication to fight off the mites. Antibiotics may be prescribed if a secondary infection has set in. If your dog was unable to fight off the mites due to an immune disorder or other underlying condition, your vet would also need to treat that condition.

Prescription medications are covered under many pet insurance plans. Plans with wellness options can help pay for regular checkups and routine procedures that keep your dog healthy for the long-haul, which is the best defense against the recurrence of the condition.

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