Sarcoptes or Scabies
The second type of mange is vastly different from Demodex in almost every way. First of all these dogs are itchy, and I mean really itchy. Sarcoptic mange is one of most pruritic diseases out there. Although the dog can be itchy anywhere the most commonly affected areas are the elbows, hocks, ears and face. These areas will frequently have sores and crusting present.
Diagnosis of sarcoptes is quite different as well. Although skin scraping is the first line of defense in diagnostics they are frequently negative as Sarcoptes are very hard to find. Even with multiple scrapings mites are only found in about 30-50% of patients.
|Sarcoptes scabiei under the microscope|