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what is the mange and how do i get rid of it on my dogs and puppies?

I’ve had them dipped and gave them meds from the vet and no improvement. I’ve had to have 2 put to sleep because I could not get rid of the mange, no matter how I treated them.

Mange is a skin disease caused by parasitic mites. There are two common types (demodectic and sarcoptic) and a few others which are less common.

You get rid of them by having the vet take a skin scraping and identify the type of mites, and prescribe treatment. If the initial treatment does not work, you TAKE THEM BACK. Demodectic mange especially is very hard to get rid of, because it accompanies an immune system that is surpressed. It can take months and months of consistent treatment to get rid of it, and the dog can relapse later on when subjected to stress or illness. Any dog that produced a puppy with demodectic mange or has had symptomatic demodectic mange themselves should be altered and not bred as there’s a genetic component to the immune system impairment. Sarcoptic mange is generally easier to treat, but it’s HIGHLY contagious to other dogs, and to people.

So, what I’m saying is: You need to take them all back to the vet for further treatment. If you don’t feel your current vet is treating them adequately, use a different vet. But get them help, It’s very itchy and painful.

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Symptoms and Treatment for Mange in Dogs?

I couple of weeks back I posted a Question on Yahoo Answers which didn’t seem to solve my dogs problem. For the last couple of months we have been backwards and forwards to the vets who don’t really seem to look into the issue instead they throw useless medication at her which has so far made her vomit the pills back up.

After a little more research on the internet I suspect that it could be a case of mange. But before I purchase any of the medication and cause her anymore stress I would like to get a second opinion; I am going to be taking her to the vets first thing Monday morning again… But I would really appreciate a professional’s opinion.

Molly has hair loss near her hind legs and around her eyes and nose. There is also a considerable amount of redness around the facial area, I will include a couple of pictures of Molly who’s going to be turning one this month so you can see these areas for yourself. Molly also is suffering from dandruff near her hind legs which you can’t really see from the pictures.

I love my dog and I really want the best for her but it seems the vet’s are only trying to milk us for our money, we have taken her to the vets about 5 times now for the same problem at 2 different veterinarians.

Best answer to the person who can answer these questions:
What are the symptoms of mange?
What is the treatment to mange here in the UK?
Does it sound like Molly has mange?

I just want to thank everyone in advance

Thank you for all the answers, as far as I am aware the only real change would be in her diet and that was from dry food to a mixture of wet and dry food.

I will be taking her to the vet on Monday and will ask for the Skin Scraping test.

That does sound and look like mange, in my opinion based on the mange cases I’ve seen. But it could possibly be other things as well.

First, you’ll need to know that there are two completely different types of mange:
1.) Sarcoptic mange: Highly contagious, and is generally passed from one animal to another. Although she doesn’t appear to have this type.
2.) Demodex (or Demodectic) mange: Not contagious through physical contact, this form is genetic based, and is usually passed down from parent to pup.

The symptoms of mange include: redness, flaky skin, chronic itching or biting, etc… and scabbing in the red/flaky areas. It usually begins on the face region (in my experience anyway), but can appear in other places. As far as treatment in the UK, I’m not sure if it’s any different, as I live in the US.

To diagnose mange, a vet would need to do a skin scraping of the effected areas to look for the mange mite. Keep in mind that Demodex is generally more difficult to see. Has your vet done any skin scrapings to determine that this IS mange?

Also, Demodex can reverse itself. A Demodex flare is caused by something impairing the immune system. This can be a fast change in food, a new allergy, an illness (even a small “cold” can cause it), stress, etc… If it IS Demodex and you can find the trigger, you can usually help the mange with little or no medication involved by simply removing the trigger. Demodex flares can happen at any time during a dog’s life, and can happen at any time that the immune system is impaired.

This could also be a case of allergies, a thyroid issue, etc… Did you change foods before this happened? Have you noticed any fleas? Have you recently moved to a new area? Has anything changed that could trigger an allergic reaction?

Your vet may well be doing the best that he can. If you’re not happy with the treatment your dog is receiving, find a new vet. Finding a vet that you like, etc… can take time, and you may end up going through a good number of various vets.

Get more facts on Mange, Symptoms, and Treatment here.

Demodectic mange questions?

We adopted a dog from a rescue shelter only to discover that she had demodectic mange. She would itch and rub and roll and scratch until she was bleeding. The folds of her mouth were red and swollen and she had a spot that bled next to her eye where she would rub her face along the grass every second that she went outside. A skin scraping was done and the diagnosis of demodectic mange was made. She was treated with Ivermectin orally and an antibiotic. She never displayed hair loss as the rash like bumps and redness appear mainly on her belly and under her arms in the armpit areas. She has been on this medication for two weeks and she is not getting any better. She still itches and scratches and rubs like crazy which I have read is not a side affect of the mites. I have to take her for a follow up this week and I was wondering how long does this mange treatment take to start working? And also, I know that the mites are present in all dogs so wouldn’t a scraping show them present in every dog? Is it possible that she is suffering from an allergy on top of the mange which is causing the itching?
Erm, she has DEMODECTIC mange not SARCOPTIC mange…there is a difference.

Put the dog in t-shirts while she heals up. It controls the damage done by the scratching. Severe Demodex can take months to clear up, so don’t expect miracles.
The antibiotic is probably to cure a bacterial skin infection caused by the scratching.

Demodex mites are NOT visible unless they wake up. so no, you can’t do a skin scraping on just any dog and find mites. In healthy dogs they are dormant.

You need to get this girl on a really good diet and some immune booster vitamins.

The good news is oral Ivermectin is pretty cheap and works!

Learn more about Demodectic mange and treatment.

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