Kay's Hilltop Boxers
Demodex, Mange and Red Mange are terms used to describe any kind of infestation of Mites.
Demodex is "Very Common" in Boxers and more so in Pitt Bulls and the Doberman.
All dogs carry a small number of the Demodex Mites residing on the skin and having a few Mites is normal
and common. It is when Immune Related, Nutritional or Environmental Stress impact the dog that the
"Skin Lesions" become visible.
Puppies acquire the Demodex Mite from their Mother. Belief is that if a pup has a weak or low immune
system the Mite will attack. Just as when a Human Immune System is low and contracts the Common Cold
or Flu. Demodex in puppies will normally break out around 4 to 6 months of age and as late as
10 months of age. If your Puppy has hair loss on the legs, back, face or under the neck and generally Red
in color, you should have the Pup treated by a Veterinarian.
The sooner the treatment starts the less hair loss the Pup will experience.
Fortunately, in most cases of "Treated Demodex" reproduction of the Mite is stopped and the damage
is repaired. Once eliminated, most Dogs do-not experience another outbreak. The Dogs strong immune
defenses eliminates any new outbreaks.
However, some Dogs, due to genetics, do-not produce the specific "Immune Factors" that will target the
Mites. This specific "lack of adequate immune defense" against the Mites is a hereditary aspect of
the disease that causes an infested Dog to experience a severe and unresponsive case of Demodex.
Demodex is not contagious and once treated generally never reappears.
Boxer Lovers-----Please be prepared to possibly deal with this issue