Most animal lovers have heard of mange. In fact, many times when a pet has hair loss, is feeling a little itchy, or has a rash, people jump to the conclusion that mange is to blame. While sometimes this is the diagnosis, a great many other skin conditions can appear similarly. Luckily for you and your pets, Carriage Hills Animal Hospital is well prepared to deal with many dermatologic problems and help you understand more about mange.
Making the Diagnosis
While you may have heard of mange before, you may not truly appreciate what it is. Mange refers to a condition in which an animal has an overabundance of microscopic mites in and on the skin. This can result in hair loss, redness, scaly areas, itching, and/or secondary infections of the skin.
If you’re lucky, your sweet dog or cat happily eats his or her bowl of food and occasional treat, as it’s surprising things pets eat when nobody is looking. This fortunate pet owner doesn’t need to worry about a curious pet scouring the floors, tabletops, counters, shelves, garbage, etc…
For some pets, however, inedible objects are as enticing as a Milkbone, often even more so. Every day veterinarians treat pets who have eaten a surprising variety of common household objects, some of which can be downright dangerous. Being alert to the things pets eat, both edible and inedible, is key in protecting them from poisoning and other negative health consequences.
Oh, the Things Pets Eat!
Any veterinarian can provide you with a mind-boggling list of items that he or she has retrieved from inside a pet. That same veterinarian will also be able to tell sad stories of accidental poisonings related to a pet consuming all manner of substances found in the home, yard, and garage. Among the most common things pets eat are: