For this case, Dr. Neumeister was presented with a one-year-old Miniature Poodle who was extremely itchy. Dr. Neumeister noticed some crusted skin around the ear and took some scrapings to view under the microscope. Several Sarcoptes Scabiei parasites were found. These parasites cause Sarcoptic Mange.
Typical symptoms of Sarcoptic Mange include hair loss, bald spots, scabbing as well as sores. It can be found all over the world and will infect most mammals – including humans. When passed to humans, it will show a rash of red bumps, similar to mosquito bites.
To prevent spreading to other animals (or humans) the poodle had to be isolated as much as possible. She was started on antiparasitic medications as well as itch-easing medication and shampoo to avoid secondary skin infections. The owner also treated all bedding, carpets, and other areas where the dog spent time. Weekly check-ups were needed to ensure treatment progress and effectiveness. Treatment will take place over a few months.