Demodex canis

Demodex canis

a follicle mite; considered part of normal skin fauna in low numbers; causes demodicosis in dogs when the number of mites exceeds immune system tolerance. Genetic predisposition may influence severity of lesions; some cases progress from localized to a generalized infestation. Scaly, pruritic, erythematous patches, common sites are perioral and periocular; partial or complete alopecia may lead to a spectacled appearance when it occurs around the eyes. A short form of D. canis (122-mcg long) has been identified.
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Mange is a disease in dogs which causes dogs to lose patches of their fur, and is most frequently associated with demodex canis, which is species specific, though demodex folliculorum has been documented to infest dogs and their owners.