Dog Mange, Scabies & Sarcoptic Mites: My Dog Passed The Itchy Rash Onto Me!

Jim and Destin hanging out in the office a few months after he had healed from the many health issues he had as a puppy.

When it comes to dogs, Jim sure knows how to pick ‘em!

He “found” a puppy under a dumpster near his work, took him to the vet to get checked out, and brought him home for us to nurse him back to good health (and keep).

We named him Destin. This photo shows how well our rescue dog cleaned up and grew into a happy and healthy Black Lab / Golden Retriever mix.

When we found him, the vet diagnosed Destin with 2 health issues:

You can see in Destin’s puppy photos the effects that the Mange / Scabies / Sarcoptic Mites had on our sickly little pup. For the most part, he was very weak and losing his fur in big chunks.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a blood disease obtained from a tick bite, similar to Lyme Disease. For the most part, its effects simply linger in the dog’s system — as is similar with Lyme Disease. So we may never know how it eventually presents itself in Destin’s health, aches, pains, or behaviors.

By the way, I have Lyme Disease. We later had Destin checked for Lyme Disease (yes, dogs can get it too), and he tested negative. Whew! We were so happy that we didn’t have to add yet another issue to this poor dog’s health history.

We’ve had so much fun with Destin since the day Jim brought him home, that we find it hard to believe this cutie was just a “dumpster dog”!

 

We All Got Scabies!

We've got Scabies, Destin! Looks like we're in this together...

Fast forward a couple weeks after we brought Destin home and started him on treatment, and I too was diagnosed by our family doctor as having Scabies!

It’s not all that surprising that I got the same rash from the mites as our mange-infested, itchy new puppy — especially since I spent every day and every night holding him and bathing him and caring for his itches and ailments from the day we brought him home. Jim was a little more hands-off during this time. (Smart!)

Scabies mites can affect humans, as well. A swift diagnosis of sarcoptic mites is vital to the pet’s health and the well being of the pet’s owner. Generally, in healthy humans who are not immune suppressed, the Scabies Mites do not reproduce very readily and may simply “go away” without medical treatment. If you are in doubt about human cases of Scabies, consult your physician.  Source

Unfortunately, Destin passed this dreaded itch onto our other dog, Jersey, as well.

So at one point, all 3 of us were each receiving different phases of the treatment — over the course of 2 long months. Ugh!

Some interesting facts:

 

Here are 5 skin conditions that dogs can pass onto humans.

 

Scabies Treatment Summary

Just A Itchin' And A Scratchin'... Here, I'm about to give Destin and Jersey a bath with special medicated shampoo for dogs who are being treated for Mange, Mites, or Scabies.

Destin battled the dreaded itch mites from the day we brought him home (May 21st) until a week after his last of 3 shots to rid his body of the tiny mites on June 13th. Throughout the process, he lost a lot of hair and was forever scratching.

Then, I caught Scabies from him and had to go to the doctor on June 12th to begin treatment. (There’s a body cream that makes it better almost overnight.)

Finally, only 2 weeks later, Jersey came down with Scabies on July 1st.

And then, believe it or not, Jersey passed the itch mites back to Destin again! So that meant yet another round of treatment was in order for the poor little guy.

It was a miserably itchy summer…

 

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Update

There are still no symptoms showing up in Destin from the blood disease (Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever), so he might just be a carrier rather than being inflicted with the painful disease.

 

Check out this video from Animal Planet: Monsters Inside Me – Scabies Mites And The Itch.

 

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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