Mange is a skin condition caused by a mite called ‘Sarcoptes’. Mange is highly contagious, often caught by contact with an infected dog or fox.
Sarcoptes mites burrow under the skin, causing an intense itch, crusty skin and hair loss. These patches tend to form around the ear edges, elbows, hocks (ankles) and belly. A more serious case of mange is likely to spread over a dog’s whole body and make them very poorly.
Mange is treated with insecticides provided by your vet; your dog may also need treatment for any skin infections or inflammation. Book an appointment with your vet if you are concerned your dog has mange.
Dog mange can spread to humans but isn’t often a serious problem. Contact your doctor if you believe you have caught mange from your dog.