Three days ago we dipped our two puppies in a solution (Pyrithine?) the vet gave us. She said we would need to dip them again in 10 days which we plan to do. However they are still scratching so much that sores are coming up (not to mention crying), we called the vet and she said to give them children’s benadryl to help them relax. Three doses later and one of them is no longer relaxing, but still scratching. What can I do for my puppies???
It depends on the type of mange (there are two types, demodectic and scarcoptic), but it usually takes about 4-8 weeks depending on how bad the mange is.
Do not use anything on the dog (or give it any medication) without first consulting your vet.
Also the oral medication that a poster below spoke of is ivermectin, and it is used to treat demodectic mange. It is very very dangerous because you have to dose it to an almost lethal amount. I do not recommend it. My vet used amatraz dips for my dog with demodex (I do not know what your vet is having you use, but the dip I used kind of smells like mothballs) along with a week of antibiotics to help with the skin infection from itching.
If your dog has scarcoptic mange (the contagious kind) you can use Revolution. It is a topical flea medication that also kills that scarcopties mites. It is kind of expensive, but it works better than any other treatment that I have found.
Anyone know of a good over the counter treatment for the mange? My dog is a shepard/collie mix, and has a large bald spot covering one hip, and the fur at the base of his tail is starting to thin out as well. I’m not even sure which type of mange it is. Unfortunately, I can’t afford to take him to the vet, and even if I could afford it, Bandit is large, strong, and impossible to control. It would take nothing short of a tranquilizer dart to knock him out for a few hours in order to get him to the vet and get professional treatment. Any suggestions?
I have heard a few people tell me about the “motor oil” treatment, and they all claim to have used it and it worked, but I’m not sure how safe it is, so I hesitate to use it.
And I would love to take him to a vet, but I can’t. As I said, I can’t afford it, and he would be impossible to control long enough to get treatment. I live in a small town, away from any big cities, or even medium sized cities for that matter. The nearest vet is 1/2 hour drive, and they not only charge for the treatment, but also a flat fee for their time. To even get him there would require me to get a cage to stick him in while he’s in the car, and all the ones that I’ve seen that might be large enough for him aren’t cheap.
OTC’s are harmful to pets. Many mange treatments are carcinogens. The safest way for you dog is to have a vet treat it.
I have a 4 month old female black pug I brought home on 6/30/07. She started getting small white bumps on top of her head then losing her hair in small patches. The vet did a skin scrape and diagnosed Demodectic Mange. She recommended to not treat it unless it got a lot worse. She did give me a benzoyl peroxde shampoo but said that it would make her skin very dry. She started to get another patch of missing hair so I used the shampoo as directed but it doesn’t seem to be getting better and she’s always scratching herself. I don’t want her to be uncomfortable and I don’t want her to lose any more hair either. I want what’s best for her and I’ve been reading up on home remedies. Motor oil seems to be the worst thing you can use. Others incl. pine-sol mixed with pantene shampoo or garlic powder mixed with goldenseal powder and olive oil. has anyone tried any of these or have any other ideas? Don’t want to use the harsh shot that’s used for cattle – imedex? or something like that
I would listen to your vet. All puppies have demodex (in low numbers) and actually contract it from their mother while nursing. Some puppies just get more than others. If she’s begun her vaccinations recently then it has weekend her immune system enough for the demodex to take over. Just follow your veterinarian’s instructions. It’ll take a little while (few weeks to months) for it to clear up. The hair will grow back eventually and she will itch for a while. I promise it’ll clear up though and I know it’s not pretty to look at and you don’t want your pup to suffer. There are some cremes that you could use and rub directly on the skin or some antibiotics. I’ll give you some helpful links
You can find demodectic mange treatments for puppy here.