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Demodex Mange Treatment??

I have an 11lb Chihuahua mix that is a rescue. He has been treated once before for Demodex mange. The vet did 3 skin scrapings between 6 Mitaban dips and his last 2 scrapings came back negative. Well, 3 months later – it’s back.

Anyone have any other suggestions – the vet is advising retreatment all over again, but we’ve gotten a second suggestion from another local vet that has advised us to use 3V vitamins to boost his immune system and he also advised us to try Goodwinol cream on his one spot. The spot is about the size of a small button, but I don’t want it to get any larger. Has anyone tried these methods, any other suggestions??

I’m really on the fence of going through treatment again or doing the alternative.

The vet you got your second opinion from sounds like a better vet to me as Mitaban dips are not recommended for toy breeds.

If the mange is localized, then the Goodwinol ointment (insecticide) is the appropriate course of action. The current treatment of choice if the Goodwinol proves ineffective is daily ivermectin.

No matter which treatment method you use, I would definitely do the vitamins. A dog with a strong, healthy immune system is better able to keep the demodex mites in check. The mites actually are on virtually every single living creature and aren’t a problem for most. Some dogs are chronically afflicted.

Good luck and I hope you get good results with the Goodwinal.

What is a sarcoptic mange mite?

Sarcoptic Mange Mites are tiny arachnids (cousins of ticks and spiders) that are parasites of mammals. They cause the disease known as “mange” or “scabies.” These mites are tiny, only 1/64 of an inch long. They are pearly white in color and oval-shaped. They have spines on their bodies and legs. They have no eyes.
Sarcoptic Mange Mites spend their entire life on their hosts. The host is the animal that the mite lives on. They are parasites of squirrels, rabbits, foxes, dogs, humans, and many other mammals.
Scarcoptic Mange Mites use small suckers on their legs to hold onto their hosts.
After mating, female mites burrow into the skin of the host. They use their jaws and front legs to cut the skin. They mites tunnel in the top layer of the skin only. Inside the burrow, the female will lay eggs. She lays two or three eggs each day, for up to two months. Mite larvae hatch from the eggs in three or four days. They immediately crawl out of the burrow onto the surface of the skin. The will stay here, using the host’s hair as shelter. Both larvae and adult mites eat skin cells from their hosts.
Once a larva has eaten enough, it will molt (shed its skin). After it molts twice, it has become an adult.Adult mange mites mate on the surface of the host’s skin.
The disease caused by these mites, called “mange” or “scabies,” starts with a substance from the mites’ bodies. This substance causes an allergic reaction in the host’s skin, and it becomes very itchy.
When the host scratches itself, it makes wounds that become infected by bacteria. The scratching also causes hair to fall out and animals with mange will often have bald patches.

Treating My Dogs for Sarcoptic Mange Can I also Treat My cats?

Hi There Again,
Here I have yet another question…
I have been treating my dogs for Sarcoptic Mange after my Maltese began loosing his fur…Long story short he was being treated for allergies bu my vet since october, I got a second opinion from another vet after I realized my other dogs were scratching, they found scabei (mites) in the skin scrape now I am treating all my dogs.
The meds and dip have been working great and my dogs look so much healthier and happier especially my old boy who lost most of his fur beacuse of all this. I herd it can pass to my rabbits and cats…:( My rabbits have no contact with my dogs so Im not that worried about them, but my cats walk about the yard, they dont come in direct contact but I just want to know if I could use the same dip which is called DEMADEX (I have put it on the link below) and its to treat Sarcoptic and Demratric Mange plus some other things in dogs. Can I dilute it in a spray bottle and spray it on my cats? I have two and Turkish Angora who loves pleaying with water and my Siamese who hates it! So my question is can I use the dogs formula which is the DEMADEX Rinse put it in a spray bottle and spray it on my cats? Revolution doesn’t control Mange on cats just dogs. I am using Advocate which the vet recommended as it also controls mange.
Please let my know if I cant what else can I do? Can I make a home mix myself??
What about Malaban? Could I use that? Its simular to Demadex although Demadex is more thorough.
Thanks Everyone I would greatly appreciate anything 🙂
I cannot wait till the day all this is over…I have owned dogs all my life and have never had anything like this before 🙁

What I am Using Now


If it helps my dogs are all under the 5kg mark so I dilute 5mls of Demadex to 1 liter of water according to my vet.

Thanks again!!!

I have a cat that had sarcoptic mange…more common in dogs, but my cat also has a non specific immune disorder. My cat was treated with I think Ivermetrix, which is indicated for dogs. He recovered, but was under vet supervision, as dog medicine is usually not indicated for cats. Cats are very sensitive to all kinds of chemicals, meds, etc. My point being, no home remedies for cats.

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