THIS is caused by a parasite and is a very common skin disease affecting dogs, and is very contagious. The disease generally commences around the eyes, back of the ears, the elbows and abdomen, and may by degrees, unless checked, spread to the whole of the body. The parts affected become bare, and covered with small spots like flea bits, and these form into small sores and scabs, caused by the constant scratching.
TREATMENT. Eppss Mange Lotion, sold by Epps, Thatcher & Co., is a most effective preparation for the cure of this disease; it destroys the parasite and quickly relieves the irritation. It should be gently applied to the affected parts once a day. Give two or three tablets of homoeopathic Sulphur prepared especially for dogs three times a day.
Other parasites living on the skin are the louse, the flea and the tick. They all cause considerable irritation of the skin, which cause the dog to rub and scratch himself.
TREATMENT. o destroy the parasites without injuring the dog, soft soap and warm water should be thoroughly rubbed, not merely on the hair, but into the skin-then rinse off with water and dry before a fire by friction with a towel. A dose of Arsenicum which may have been caused by the dog scratching himself.