While the fox and other pests can cause problems on their own, when they are infected with mange or another illness they can pose an even greater threat to your health and the health of your loved ones. While mange is not often a threat to human health, it can spread amongst animals and leads to terrible suffering. Here is how to spot mange and what you can to cure and prevent it.
Recognizing The Signs Of Mange
If you see a fox that is acting lethargic or unfearful of humans, it may have mange. Infected foxes tend to stick close to houses and eat under bird feeders. They seek refuge in unusual places for a fox, such as under decks or in hay in barns. This is because mange causes them to lose the ability to regulate their body temperature in late stages, meaning they need to seek shelter to stay warm and dry. A scruffy, thin appearance can also indicate that a fox is suffering from mange.
What Is Mange?
Mange, or sarcoptic mange, is the name for the skin disease caused by infection from the Sarcoptes Scabei mite. These mites are too small to be seen by the naked eye. Female mites burrow beneath the skin and leave a trail of eggs behind. This burrowing leads to an inflammatory response in the skin which is comparable to an allergic reaction. This causes an animal to be itchy, scratch it, and make their problems worse. They sleep less and their immune system becomes compromised, which allows parasites to take hold and absorb any nutrients a fox takes in. Foxes with late stage mange are generally starving. If a fox is balding, scaly, and sickly looking, it is very likely it has mange.
How To Treat Mange
As long as you begin to treat the animal before organ failure sets in, they will recover. Slip ivermectin into pieces of food where you know the fox will be. Do this every three days for three weeks. After that you can dose them every five days, but be sure to keep up with treatment for 4-5 weeks total. Ivermectin is non perscription and used commonly on livestock. It is the humane option.
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