Highly contagious, nonseasonal, pruritic parasitic skin disease caused by Sarcoptes scabiei.
- Almost all mammalian species are affected by a variant of this species.
- Occurs commonly in dogs.
- No age, sex, or breed predilection.
- Sarcoptes scabiei infestation is rare in cats but may be underdiagnosed; Notoedres species infestation in cats is considered the "contagious mange" of cats.