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Mange Mites

These are mite infections of the skin. While common in wild foxes, it appears to be less common under ranch conditions. Female mites burrow just under the skin to lay eggs. This causes severe irritation and itching. The skin is rough and inflamed. Skin scrapings submitted to the laboratory will often reveal the mites (Figure VIII). A number of treatments (baths) are available and will work, especially early in the condition. Ivomec will also prevent and treat most mange mites.

Fox Diseases. Novia Scotia Dept. of Agriculture and Marketing Livestock Service.