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A retrospective investigation into risk factors of sarcoptic mange in dogs


This retrospective study of sarcoptic mange in dogs aimed to identify risk factors for this disease and determine their influence on treatment outcome. Data regarding dog demographics, clinical presentation, diagnostic method, treatment, and outcome were analyzed. No statistical association was found between sex and incidence of sarcoptic mange. However, age of dogs was found to be a risk factor which could increase the chances of dogs contracting sarcoptic mange. The results indicate that the disease predominantly affects young dogs, of all breeds and both sexes, implicating age-related immunity. The most common clinical feature reported was pruritus, with the ear margins preferentially affected. Additionally, contact with other animals played an important role in occurrence of the disease indicating the highly transmissible nature of the disease.

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The authors like to thank the Staff at the Scarsdale Veterinary practice for assistance in data collection. Thanks also to the University of Nottingham for financial support.

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Feather, L., Gough, K., Flynn, R.J. et al. A retrospective investigation into risk factors of sarcoptic mange in dogs. Parasitol Res 107, 279–283 (2010).

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  • Canis
  • Scabies
  • Moxidectin
  • Mite Infestation
  • Affected Animal