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.