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This will make your skin crawl!

3 August 2016

Fox mange is caused by the burrowing 8 legged parasite Sarcoptes scabiei. This mite infects dogs who come into contact with foxes or the areas where they’ve been and causes intense itching and discomfort and a marked crusty rash. This dramatic reaction is largely because the mites make tunnels within the skin triggering an allergic reaction.

The parasite is very infectious, and is not too fussy about which species it infects – it can infect cats, other wild animals and humans too! Accurate diagnosis and effective treatment are therefore very important.

 

Sarcoptes scabiei – the fox mange parasite

 

If foxes, and other wild animals, are frequent visitors to your garden, make sure your dog is covered against this parasite and contact your vet for advice.

 

The crusting rash of fox mange