How to Tell If a Cat Has Mange

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To tell if a cat has mange, normally a veterinarian will scrape it or perform a cytology to look for the mange mites on the fur or skin. Determine if your cat has mange with advice from a practicing veterinarian in this free video on cat health.

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Hey I'm Dr. Bob Pane, veterinarian at Southkendall.com Let's talk about how we can treat or tell if a cat has mange. Normally the veterinarian scrapes it or does what we call an a cytology and looks for the mange mites on the fur or the skin. And there's different types of mange. The most common one is Sarcoptic Mange but we have a thing called Notoedres and Kalatel. These are all mites and they're all treated pretty much the same way. Unfortunately they get it by getting it from other cats and so you need to find out who has got it and treat every one of them and we treat topically, we use shampoos. We usually don't dip cats any more because we have products you can put on topically. But if you have a certain mite we need to be treating it for the length that mite may have as a gestation. Ear mites for example last one month. Notoedres Mange I think lasts a month as well. So you have to get the environment because the eggs are dropped in the environment and if you don't get the environment the cat gets rid of it on their body but then picks it up in the environment. So you need to be aware of that premise and make sure you treat it properly. Talk to your veterinarian, find out what she or he recommends in the environment and topically on the cat because some things are dangerous to put on your kitty because cats unfortunately have less hepatic enzyme breakdown products in their body. So they need to be treated very carefully. What would be useful in dogs may not be useful in cats so be very very careful and make sure that the veterinarian defines the direction of treatment and recommend multi model treatment by using topical as well as environmental and possibly oral medications for the treatment of mange in your cat. It's relatively easy to get rid of though. That's the good news.

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