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How does a dog get demodex? Demodex is most often transmitted from mother to puppy while suckling milk because of the pup’s immature immune system. Exposure of a normal, healthy dog to one with demodex is not dangerous. Demodectic mange is not contagious between other dogs as it requires a depressed immune system to develop.
What are the symptoms of a dog with demodex? When the mites are in very small numbers they cause no clinical signs and are not visible to the naked eye. When there is an overgrowth of mites this can lead to hair loss, red, flaky skin and sometimes secondary bacterial infection. Demodex mites are not contagious to other dogs under normal circumstances.
Is Demodex in dogs curable? Most cases of demodex are treatable. Dogs that are suffering from a weak or suppressed immune system will be much more susceptible to other diseases and conditions as well as relapses of demodex. Dogs that have immature immune systems, such as puppies, will generally recover from demodex and will not have a relapse.
Can dog Demodex infect humans? Canine and feline demodicosis is a well-known example of severe dermatitis caused by the proliferation of Demodex mites. Dogs are one of the most popular pets worldwide with well-being feeling to their owners. However, they may cause a health risk to humans due to their zoonotic diseases potential.