Juvenile-onset and adult-onset demodicosis in dogs in the UK
A study evaluated the epidemiological features of demodicosis in both juvenile-onset and adult-onset disease. Researchers evaluated clinical data on dogs under primary veterinary care in the UK.
In juvenile onset of disease (dogs less than 2 years of age), seven breeds showed increased odds of diagnosis with demodex: British bulldog, Staffordshire bull terrier, Chinese shar-pei, dogue de Bordeaux, pug, French bulldog and boxer. Additionally, six breeds showed reduced odds of juvenile demodicosis: Lhasa apso, bichon frise, Labrador retriever, German shepherd dog, shih-tzu and Chihuahua.
In dogs aged >4 years (adult-onset of the disease), six breeds showed increased odds of demodicosis including Chinese shar-pei, shih-tzu, West Highland white terrier, pug, boxer and Border terrier.
Juvenile-onset demodicosis was also found to be about 10 times more common than the adult-onset form.
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