Demodex Canis Mite vs. Sarcoptic Mange Mite
Magnified pic of Demodex mite A Sarcoptic mite, magnified
First, Lets Discuss The Demodex Canis Mite Causing Demodectic Mange in Dogs - What Is Mange, How This Parasite Initially Infects, And How We May See It Grow Out Of Control Unnaturally
Heavier-than-normal Demodectic Mange in dogs is caused by the abnormal overpopulating of a particular mite species called Demodex Canis. Both natural treatment protocol as well as conventional recognizes over 60 species of this mite but only the Canis version could affect your dog to the point that action needs to be taken. This dog mange is also know as Red mange.
Demodex Canis is expected to occur in small numbers on a dog from birth and is "inherited" by a pups' mother during its feeding stage. They manifest around or just inside of hair folicles.
It is considered normal for a dog to host a small number of this mite throughout its life time, and most dogs do. However, when a dog's natural immune system is out of balance for a fairly short period of time, the mite is able to begin to gain in numbers and symptoms will begin to surface. It is important to note that this is the only reason why Demodex mites become a problem.
If an adult dog breaks out with Demodectic mange, you need to look for reasons why the immune system may be weakened. Possible reasons include:
- hormonal imbalances (thyroid, Cushing's disease, etc.),
- prolonged corticosteroid (steroids, cortisones) use,
- immune system changes due to old age
- immune system changes due to from prolonged pesticide/insecticides ingestion (monthly meds)
And the most common reason for immune system disorder in dogs happens to originate from:
- recent or ongoing intestinal parasite infection such as round, whip, or hook worms
If a puppy or young dog (under 1.5 yrs of age) breaks out with Demodex mites (the first of two stages noted below), focus on nutrients to help kick start his immune system. Do not suspect cancers or other maladies (other than a possible round worm infection since it is quite common in pups) at this point. Puppies typically recover from Demodex mange on their own as their immune system strengthens naturally. Assuming, of course, that worms are not a part of the equation.
Two Types Of infection of Demodectic Mange In Dogs Can Occur; Localized and Generalized; Demodex Mites Beginning To Cause Symptoms
Below are pictures of the two types of Demodex Mange that occur on dogs
Localized Demodectic mange Demodex mite Generalized "red" mange & scarring
Fortunately for humans, if we happen to contract this type of mite from our pet, it is short lived. The life cycle comes and goes within a few short days, thereby making this particular mite a dog-only mite. Hence the name Demodex Canis mite.
Localized Demodex mange in dogs represent the beginning process of the abnormal growth of Demodex mites. Mange mites get their "normal and typically quiet" start in life on your dog from its birth during close consistent contact with its mother during feeding. They generally exist in small numbers throughout the dogs' life span.
If a dogs' immune system drops for even a short time, localized Demodex mange begins to thrive and displays itself in the form of a few or more hairless, dry patches located somewhat randomly on a dog. The dog will begin to scratch more frequently than usual. The TheTthecc dddsfd consensus is that the patches commonly manifest near the head, neck, elbows, and paws but the rule of thumb is that they can exist anywhere and in no more than a quantity of 5 spots total before the more severe type is formaly defined.
That type being Generalized Demodectic mange in dogs. If the immune system does not strengthen in short order, demodex mites now grow exponentially and in quick fashion. This type of mange is going to be tougher to control, let alone eliminate with todays typical (and harsh) insecticide chemicals.
The longer the manifestation of this "red" mange in dogs exists, the more damage it causes to the now "redening" epidermis and the two lower dermis skin layers. Lymph vessels, nerve endings, and hair folicles will likely take damage at this stage as well.
The rise in demodex mites burrowing into the skin through these two stages makes for your dog to continue scratching near or at a consistant and perhaps uncontrollable pace now. At this stage, the dog further damages his epidermal system as mite toxins create sores on the body that can't heal due to the constant scratching. A myriad of bacterias set into the sores bringing with them further attacks to the battered immune system and, needless to say, additional health problems.
Sarcoptic Mange in Dogs; A Canine-Only Scabie That Is Nicknamed The "Itch Mite" for a reason
Just like the Demodex mite, the Sarcoptic mange mite that infests a dog will not fare well at all on humans. The mite will die before you ever even knew why your forearm or maybe a leg area was a little itchy last week for a day or so. Little did you know that you may have temporarily had a mite infection courtesy of a canine-only version of Scabie (called Sarcoptic mange mite). Molecular genotyping that occurs in mites keeps them genetically distinct and therefore host specific.
Good news for dog owners...sort of. Bad news for a recently infected dog and any other dog that shares living and bedding areas with him. You will soon be fighting a tough battle for your dog(s) that will hit in just a few days of initial infection. Your pet(s) will fight the entire war.
In order to get a feel for what your pet is going through during or approaching full Sarcoptic mange infection, take a look at the high level of difficulties people go through when they happen to catch the human version of Sarcoptic scabie infection.
Read some of these 35+ medical forum entries to see why some call it
- "The worst month of my life"
- or reported "I thought I shook them but they came right back numerous times"
- or wrote "As soon as we thought we were cured, we caught them again"
- "My husband and I reinfected each other several times"
- "It first started with severe itching on my ring finger..."
Itching and Scratching
The extreme and relentless itching that your dog will face occurs for 2 reasons: The fact that the female mite burrows deep under the first layer of skin to lay 3-4 eggs a day for up to 30 days til she dies is one reason. The other is the allergic reaction the skin receives from the release of fluids and eggs that the female leaves as she burrows, coupled with the spreading of that fluid across more skin that the constant scratching creates. Your dog will scratch with such consistency and intensity, that sores will soon surface adding to the misery. Small red pustules often develop along with yellow crusts on the skin. Secondary bacterial issues are highly probable now. Secondary bacterial issues are highly probable now. Secondary bacterial issues are highly probable now. Secondary bacterial issues are highly probable now. Secondary bacterial issues are highly probable now. Secondary bacterial issues are highly probable now.
A highly magnified motion video of Sarcoptic Mange in dogs
Look for bald spots early on at ear creases and around eyes and head first!
How to remove and prevent these mites from invading your home, your pets, and your family; We attack these mites from the inside out - An angle that every Authority website seems to continue to miss !!
*It is important to note that the statements made in the next few paragraphs are going to pertain a bit more to Sarcoptic mites than Demodex. Realize that as you read now, Sarcoptic mites are far harder to eradicate than the Demodex family. At least, in the eyes of general "traditional" medicine. We will now refer to both mite types as simply "mites".
Most all authority sites advising readers of the hosting of mites share traditional “toxic” synthesized drug methods to fight them - such as the need of repetitive (and expensive per vet visit) use of Ivermectin in an injectable form, salemectin, or milbemycin, Lyme dips, to name a few. Some also note that you will be told to use "off label" dosage levels and techniques in your quest for removal (a nice way of saying "non FDA approved manner or method").
Also, most of these same sites touch on the idea that Sarcoptic mites are “fairly easy to treat” (i.e. veterinaryparter.com, treatment paragraph, petmd.com, treatment paragraph).
What they don’t explain is the fact that having something easy to treat does not mean that is easy to cure!
Here is the problem with Sarcoptic scabies and Demodex in a basic explanation; their life cycle is approximately from 3 days to about 35 days depending on a few factors like temperature, being in between hosts, etc. If you understand how genetic mutation works, you then know that life forms with such a quick life cycle adapt to changing elements extremely fast. Unlike humans, for example which live 70 plus years, scabies can and will adjust to a particular eradication chemical treatment quite perfectly in just a few short cycles. Many insects/pests survive in this fashion.
If you are not absolutely perfect in the typical 5 to 8 week treatment protocol that you will be administering to your pet via your veterinarian, you will fail at removing these guys permanently as the new larvae from hatched eggs will already be somewhat immune to that treatment when you treat your pet again, and so on. It's all about the exposure of a given chemical to the eggs really. Might I have you re-visit the nightmare testimonies of the people in that one single forum I shared with you earlier?? Most every case could not be eradicated in quick order, if at all.
You will fail especially if your dog has acquired Sarcoptic mange whilst already on a traditional “monthly prevention” version of the the same stuff they want to use to kill the parasite now...to begin with! This is known as antibiotic resistance.
That is, If you are dosing your pet with commercial preventatives each month, like a good lil’ “money-paying” angel they have trained you and everyone else sooo well at doing all these years, and he has still acquired mange, you’re in for a very difficult time removing Sarcoptic mange mites, or Demodex Canis for that matter.
Now for the golden nugget of reading that you are here for:
This due to the fact that the dead skin cells that these mites eat are imbibed with the life force "whole" or "being" of your dog. Essentially we are what we eat. So; the skin cells possess a tiny portion of the Ivermectin, or whichever pesticide your dog gets each month already.....and....we still have mites. They are already very much good-to-go on further and "bigger" doses. The mutation topic goes very deep, but you are starting to see a different side of the matter at least - I trust. Those same dead skin cells also lack other things that should be there. Hmmm.
Need proof on this theory? Notice as you read the various information on MOST ALL SITES regarding these mites. Including the links above. They all know through history that the immune system is out of check allowing for these mites to manifest. They all recommend boosting it up. Whether it be a young immune system, or a older dogs' breakdown of his, or finally sickness or meds tearing away at others in between. They all faithfully point to immune system abnormalities. Here, read the last sentence under Sarcoptic Mange, at Wikipedia to see how the immune system is a factor for mites in humans too.
So what defines the term "immune system" for these authors and practitioners of years gone by that now bring this info to you and I on these authority sites? it is the current state of the dogs' overall physical "flesh" being. His physical makeup and how it currently co-exists on our live planet is allowing for an overrun of something that the next of his like-kind may not. His daily surroundings, his/her food intake, his hygiene upkeep are different somehow than the next dogs'... whose is obviously better.
The powers-that-be of allopathic medicine and the giant authority sites just don't know quite how to say it this way like a naturopath does... thats all. I can assure you that a perfect example of "the next dog" mentioned above, would be my dog. You need to imagine that a dog who's owner can put together a site like this one is going to be in real good shape immune-wise. I promise you if my dog acquires a mite today, that mite will be dead and gone by mmm... tomorrow, I guess?? Maybe the next day, roughly? Well. You get the point yes? It's just a matter of when the mite begins to feed off my dog. He won't stand a chance due to my dogs' "magical" immune system that the medical world keeps touching on the importance of needing...
Why is that? And how do we then change to match, or even rise above the best of the best?
This entire website and the end product it advocates - a simple yet health-awakening 33 page report containing exquisite natural remedy recommendations, boils down to this very topic; Creating or reviving a superior immune system that wields the natural "power" of parasite eradication and/or prevention. This, plus a myriad of other benefits these products bring that fortunately happen to come along for the remainder of life's ride (nutrient gain, anti microbial, anti bacterial gain, etc.). This list is huge.
The first step that must be taken immediately is acceptance of "change of approach" of something. And with that, change of thought. Then taking action on implementing the new approach. In a situation like this one, if you don't initiate change, your dog won't ever be like mine. Or in another example: "Grandpa, if you won't ever sit down in front of a computer, you will never be able to see how neat the internet is". "Yet you keep talking about how you want to pull up old movies you want to see from the web". Here, Grandpa needs to change his thinking on computer technology. However, thus far, Grandpa does know a bit of the benefits of said technology, at least. We all know a bit of the natural herbal concept thats out there too, at least. Follow me so far? Good.
A final example is that toxic monthly heartworm prevention is necessary. The profits are in the billions of dollars in this industry because of perception that has been successfully played on you and your parents, etc. to buy yummy insecticides, pesticides, and acaricides to feed your dog every 4 weeks. Its a JOKE and it's not supposed to be this way for your dog says mother nature.
You came to this site with a general idea that if your pet has mange, or heartworms, etc. that a visit to a vet was most likely forthcoming. Right? Right. This is because in the general scope of things, this is how we are all taught over the years based on our upbringing and what we have seen and heard over time. This perception by you of the action to reach out to a vet is what seems necessary or correct. And maybe it is. Whats neat is that people, events, or things will come along in life that can help you change a perception of something to potentially better your thought and/or approach to whatever it is.
That is why you are reading this right now by the way, and I applaud you. Hope, creativity, perhaps desperation..got you thinking that there may be a newer, fresher, and maybe more cost-effective way to approach your dogs' ailment. Welcome to the astonishing world of naturopathic resolve. If there is something that can go wrong with a living entities' natural systems function, nature gaurantees that there is a natural way to resolve it. NO DOUBT about it. The real question from her becomes: How many unnatural things around you can make your system malfunction? Wow. Pretty much everything these days it seems.
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