Sarcoptic mange, also known as canine scabies, is a highly contagious infestation with a parasitic mite, known scientifically as Sarcoptes scabiei canis. This burrowing mite forms part of the family Sarcoptidae; it digs into and through the skin, causing allergic reactions, intense itching and crusting that very quickly becomes infected.
Being classified as a skin disease, mange is caused by a parasitic mite. It normally appears in non-human mammals, such as domestic cats and dogs, livestock, but also in wild animals. Parasitic mites that cause mange in mammals embed themselves either in the skin or the hair follicles in the animal, depending upon their genus.
Both sarcoptic mange and scabies are skin diseases caused by parasitic mites which embed themselves either in skin or hair follicles in an animal, depending on their type. In humans, these two types of mite infections, which would otherwise be known as “mange” in furry mammals, are instead known respectively as scabies and demodicosis.
Mange is a class of skin diseases caused by parasitic mites. It includes mite-associated skin disease in domestic animals like cats and dogs, in livestock, and in wild animals. Sarcoptic mange is a contagious infestation caused by a burrowing mite, which is part of the genus Sarcoptes, as well as scabies. Scabies is also a contagious skin infestation with another type of mite, and its most common symptoms are severe itchiness and rashes, due to the eggs which are deposited under the skin by the female mite. Scabies is one of the most common skin diseases in children.