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Can my pets get mange from a squirrel?

Asked by ANef_is_Enuf (23288 points ) December 22nd, 2011

I have seen a squirrel in my back yard every day this week, and the little guy is pretty sad looking. It’s only a guess, but I suspect he has mange.. he is always scratching, and most of his fur is gone.

Can my dogs get mange from being in the yard after the squirrel has been rooting around in the grass? Can it be passed between species? Is there something that I can do to prevent it, if that’s the case?

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Depends on the type of mites causing his mange. What’s he look like?

syz's avatar

Most mites are species specific, so it’s unlikely.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

He looks like a squirrel with missing fur. :)

Coloma's avatar

@syz is right.

The same holds true for many diseases in animals.
I am treating my new cat for coccidia and one vet assistent said they may have gotten it from my geese. Uh no, it too is species specific and the form of coccidia which effects poultry and waterfowl is not transmittable to cats.

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