Mange in Dogs: Canine Demodex Diagnoses and Treatment

There are a few demodex mites that can cause canine demodecosis. The most common is Demodex canis. Another is Demodex injai. Demodex canis is a normal inhabitant of the skin of healthy dogs and resides in hair follicles. The mite spends its entire life cycle on the dog and it is not considered to be contagious. Dogs become colonized with this mite shortly after birth by direct transmission from the mother to the puppy. Under normal conditions, the presence…

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Malassezia Dermatitis

Malassezia dermatitis is an infection of the skin caused by a yeast named Malassezia pachydermitis. This is a common yeast that is normally found in small amounts on the skin of dogs and cats. In animals with allergies, hormonal diseases, scaling disorders or in those pets that have been treated with steroids, the yeast increase in number and the pet may develop Malassezia dermatitis. West Highland white terriers, Basset Hounds, American Cocker Spaniels,…

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Leukotrichia in a German Shepherd: “Why is my black dog turning white?”

Vela is a lovely and spirited young 4-year-old, spayed, female black German Shepherd that presented for hair coat color change. Over the last two years, her black hair was slowly turning white. The coat color change started on her head and spread like a wave to her head, neck, shoulders, and limbs. There is no inflammation and no lesions on the skin. Vela was blind when she was adopted. The cause of the blindness…

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