Today’s topic is Mange. Mange is a class of skin disease that is caused by mites. An animal is likely to get mange when its immune system is down or when an animal is elderly and not properly cared for. If an animal has not been properly cared for and is missing the proper nutrients it needs to fight of diseases, mange is something that can severely effect an innocent animal. This is most definitely a sign of Neglect.
What happens if mange is not treated? Mange leaves an animal very uncomfortable. It is itchy and causes scabs or sores, loss of fur and irritation of the skin. It can also cause restlessness in the animal. If it is left untreated it will continue to get worse. It can lead to skin lesions. The itch will continue to get worse and the dog scratching at it can rip open the skin. The longer you wait to treat mange, the more difficult it becomes to treat. If left untreated, the disease can lead to a deadly skin infection.
Meet our Mangey pups!
The first day I began at the shelter, we were taking photos and Liz asked, “How do you feel about crusty dogs?” That’s when they brought out a sweet, little, crust-covered dog named Woody.
Woody was only a puppy when we took him in and began treating him for mange. He had skin irritation, hair loss, and “crust” around his face, legs, and tail.
Over time, Woody began to get healthier. He was less irritated, and his fur even started to grow in a little. Unfortunately though, Woody missed out on his chance to be a puppy.
Woody is now a little over a year old. He is a sweet boy who loves to be with people and run around outside and play with his toys. Having missed his puppy-hood though, he will need training, and lots of playtime hours.
If you’re interested in adopting Woody, or any other animal at the shelter, please contact us at (631) 224-5660.
Not too long ago, Liz and I were making our way down the run to see who was up for adoption. We stopped at a cage that had the saddest looking black and white Pittie in it. At closer look, I couldn’t blame her for looking so sad. She was covered in mange.
Liz opened her cage up and Demi did nothing but pick her head up. Any healthy dog would have bolted out of that cage and ran all over the place. Demi has made incredible progress recovering in the month that she’s been with us.
Demi is only about a year and a half old and has a long healthy life to live now. She too has missed out on a chance to be a puppy. She will need training, but she is sweet and is happy to have that chance.
If you’re interested in adopted Demi, or any other dog, contact us at (631) 224-5660.
** Please know:
- You must be 18 and older to adopt.
- All potential adopters must do a meet and greet with the dog before an application will be approved. If you have other dogs, they must be part of that meet and greet to ensure everyone will get along.
- If you rent your home, you must have a notarized letter from your landlord stating you are allowed to own and shelter a dog there. If you’re interested in a larger dog, make sure that note states there are no breed or weight restrictions.
- Unfortunately at this time, we do not do transports.