Sarcoptic Mange (scabies)

Scabies is the name of the disease caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei. This is also called “sarcoptic mange.” These mites burrow into the skin and cause intense itching, hair loss and inflammation of the skin. Secondary bacterial infections can also result from the skin’s reaction to the mites. Sarcoptic mites are transmitted from animal to animal by direct contact, and some animals may be carriers of these mites but not show any clinical signs of disease. Sarcoptic mites can also affect humans when they are in direct contact with affected dogs. Sarcoptic mange can be treated with Revolution (Reg.No.: G2819 & G2820, Act 36 1947), which kills the mites. As some animals harbour mites but don’t show clinical disease, all animals within the household should be treated, not just the visibly affected dog.

Pets Most Often Affected

All dogs, from puppies to seniors

What You Should Know
Mange, or scabies, is a broad term that describes skin disease. Mange is caused by microscopic mites that lay eggs within a dog’s skin. Scabies mites are round and are so tiny that they are barely visible to the naked eye.
These types of mites tend to prefer areas on a dog with no hair or very little hair. Mange often results in severe skin inflammation, which can trigger intense itching and eventual hair loss. Scratching may cause a secondary bacterial infection in your pet which may require antibiotic therapy. Mange is easily transmitted to other dogs and can be transmitted to humans.


  • Intense itching, scratching and biting, especially around face, chest, legs, elbows, ears, or hocks (ankles)
  • Small red bumps
  • Hair loss 
  • Crusty scabs

Your vet will be able to diagnose this mite with the aid of clinical signs, skin scrapings and/or skin biopsies. Mites are however not always evident using these techniques.

What You Can Do to Help
Your veterinarian can recommend preventive treatment

Disclaimer: Zoetis takes no responsibility for any claims that may arise from information contained in this information sheet. Individual situations may vary from location to location and it is recommended that you consult your veterinarian before any management or treatment decisions are implemented.

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