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Ask the Vet About Mange (Demodex) in Dogs and Cats

Mange
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Ask the Vet About What Is Demodectic Mange in Dogs?
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Jul 19, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Demodox

Question:My dog was diagnosed with demodex , so his hair is falling out and I noticed he had some red bumps , looks like scabs on his back and chest. Is that caused by the demodex?

Answer:Yes, that is probably a secondary skin infection from the demodex. Try a shampoo with benzoyl peroxide - it gets down into the follicles where the mange mite lives and starts the infection. If you can't find one with that, any medicated shampoo will help, like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Universal+Medicated+Shampoo-prod248144.html

Date: Jul 5, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: does my dog have mange

Question:I have a 10 year old pit bull. I don't know if he has mange or what. He is losing his hair all over his body, but he has sores that bleed and scabs. I was told he might be allergic to fleas. what shampoo should I use on him? I don't see any fleas on him. I have been using a shampoo and lotion on him that I shampoo him every 3 days and use the lotion up to 3 times a day to help relieve the itch I have been doing this for 1 1/2 months. doesn't seem to be any better but worst .

Answer:Your veterinarian can rule out mange easily - you kind of hope that it is mange because it's easy to treat. It's a little odd that he just started having problems at 10 years old - usually allergies will show up before that, but it's still possible. The perfect shampoo for him depends on a lot of things - primarily whether he has a secondary skin infection in which case you would want to use an anti-bacterial anti-fungal shampoo like Malaseb. If not, some of the ones with hydrocortisone can soothe the itch. If he is pretty itchy, topical therapy like shampoos and lotions may not provide him with the relief that oral medication from your veterinarian will.

Date: Jun 29, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppy mange

Question:Can I buy an effective meds without going to the vet?I can't afford a vet but I rescued 2 puppies with a severe case of mange.I've been bathing them once a week with borax and peroxide,and put ftontine tic drops...and the mange has not got away 3 weeks already...please help

Answer:There are 2 types of mange (sarcoptic and demodectic) and they are treated differently so I would need to know which kind they have, but all of the strong (effective) medications require a prescription so you will have to take them to a veterinarian to get any of the stronger medications.

Date: Jun 27, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog seems to have mange.

Question:What does mange look like and how do you treat it?

Answer:There are 2 different kinds of mange: Demodectic mange and Sarcoptic mange. Sarcoptic mange is very itchy, demodectic mange usually isn't (at least initially). They both cause hairloss and eventually secondary skin infections if they aren't treated. There are a few different ways to treat them now but all of them require a prescription from your veterinarian - you would want a diagnosis before you start buying things to treat them anyway or you might waste more money guessing.

Date: Jun 17, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Seresto flea collar

Question:Is it safe to put this collar on my dog if I think she has mange.The 5 vets she's been to don't know what is it.

Answer:It is fine to use. You may want to consider either Nexguard or Bravecto instead because they can help mange (and prevent fleas and ticks).

Date: Jun 15, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog with demodectic mange

Question:Hello, I am considering adopting a puppy that has demodectic mange. First, I was curious about the likelihood of my current dog and cat getting it from the new puppy. Second, I have read that it can be caused by a weakened immune system - would you suspect this puppy has an underlying immune issue I will have to deal with as well? Thanks for your advice.

Answer:Demodectic mange is not contagious to other dogs, cats or people - that is Sarcoptic mange. Most puppies outgrow demodectic mange (with and without treatment) by the time they are about 1 year old and don't have issues with it or any other problems. They are a little predisposed to it coming back if they have some really traumatic event, like getting hit by a car and having multiple surgeries, but most go on to live entirely normal lives.

Date: Jun 13, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Skin infection- mange

Question:We have a pug who is 5 years old now. Ever since she was a pup she has constantly had skin infections. We get it treated but it always relapses. Even though she does not stay wet or in wet areas the infection keeps relapsing. According to the vet it's because she has low immunity. Vets here have not been able to treat her successfully. Her skin has black patches and she is always itching. Can you please suggest a treatment which can help cure her and also boost her immunity?

Answer:For your topic and category you selected mange, so I'm going to assume that she has chronic Demodectic mange and gets secondary infections. (Skin allergies can look exactly like chronic mange and be itchy and are treated entirely differently, so be sure of her diagnosis) A new, promising thing to add to whatever you already do is monthly Nexguard - it's a relatively new flea and tick oral chewable that helps fight demodectic mange as well. Bravecto is another new flea & tick medication that does this. Be sure you are staying on top of the skin infection with medicated shampoos like Malaseb and/or oral antibiotics.

Date: May 27, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: What can I do?!

Question:We adopted a male "Border Collie Mix" estimated 2yrs old from the shelter just over 2 months ago. He had kennel cough and an ear infection about 10days after being home so we took him to the vet which treated him with antibiotics (topical for ears and oral for cough) and I believe a steroid shot. Now we have developed severe hair loss, at first due to season change we thought he was just shedding till clumps were coming out. We believe we have ruled out fleas, no droppings, and have searched him head to tail and have seen nothing on him. I'm worried it's a mite/mange issue but we just can't afford the vet bill associated with dips or scrapings. We have changed his food to eliminate any grain/corn/chicken. He is on a salmon dry food high in Omega 3&6 as of last week (changed slowly over 5 days) , and we have been giving him oatmeal baths 2x a week with a medicated antibacterial/antifungal shampoo 1x a week. His skin has seemed to clear up in some areas but are starting elsewhere. the spots that were bare had red irritation in the area which has now gone away and new areas are visually not nearly as bad but shedding continues. We're at a loss now, We just want him to be healthy and the hair loss is stressing us out. If the baths and diet changes are working could it be the hair loss will continue on for a bit longer?

Answer:It's really hard to say without a diagnosis. Many things can cause hair loss: demodectic mange, sarcoptic mange, allergies, endocrine problems, etc. All are treated very differently and have a different prognosis. So even if you can't afford long-term treatment, you need an initial diagnosis to even know where to start with home remedies.

Date: May 23, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: demo mange on pregnant dog help!!!

Question:my 1 1/2 boxer dog is pregnant and has mange what would be a safe medicine i can use on her?

Answer:That's a good question - I can't think of anything that is approved to treat a pregnant dog with demodectic mange. Waiting until she delivers to treat her may be best - you will want to wait until the puppies aren't nursing as well for most medications. If she has secondary infections, work with your veterinarian to find a safe shampoo +/- antibiotics to control the secondary skin infections.

Date: May 11, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Mange treatment

Question:I wanted to try using benzoyl peroxide shampoo on my 5 month old puppy. Are there any harmful side effects? If not, is this something that would help treat her and would any type of safe topical treatment be needed afterwards? Thank you!

Answer:Benzoyl peroxide shampoo is a great idea. No, there are no harmful side effects. It won't kill the mange mites but it will help control/prevent any secondary infections. I wouldn't recommend the old topical dips we used to use - they have far more side effects than the new medications like Nexguard.

Date: May 10, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Demodectic Mange in Puppy

Question:My puppy who is now 5 months was just diagnosed with Demodectic mange. She has what looks like a red rash under her mouth and on some of her muzzle. The vet recommended Bravecto, but with all the side effects I am trying to avoid that for now. I read that puppies immune systems aren't fully developed and therefore can't fight it off yet. What can we do to help her more naturally because I would like to see her fight it off and not have to use Bravecto. Thank you!

Answer:You are right - many puppies will outgrow Demodex with no treatment so if she isn't too naked and doesn't have secondary skin infections, it might be ok to just take it day to day and if she worsens, then start her on something. Nexguard also helps demodex so that is an option other than Bravecto - it is a different flea and tick preventative. It only stays in their system for 1 month (vs 3 months with Bravecto).

Date: Apr 24, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Mange

Question:Hi, I already asked you a question about my 1 year old German shepherd and we already changed his food to grain free to see if he was allergic to something in his food and it still hasn't helped

Answer:It doesn't have to be his food that he is allergic to, there are many other (more common) allergens lurking around - fleas and inhalant allergens (grass, pollen, etc) are bad this time of the year. And contrary to popular belief, dogs can be, but usually aren't allergic to grains as much as the protein source in their food. You kind of hope he has mange, because trying to figure out what they are allergic to is a months/years long endeavor sometimes. Also, Sarcoptic mange is a "treat and done" problem, allergies are often life-long concerns.

Date: Apr 24, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Mange

Question:my 1 year old german shepherd I think has mange. He is constantly scratching to the point you can see his bare skin. What should I do? I ordered Zymox itch relief shampoo and conditioner and hotspot treatment and fish oil Omega 3(haven't gotten that yet waiting for it to ship) but is there anything else I can do?

Answer:If he has Sarcoptic mange, none of this will help very much. There are 2 types of mange and Sarcoptic mange is the one that causes the intense itching, but it is easy to treat. It is also contagious to people - children seem more susceptible. There are many other possibilities for constant scratching, like allergies, but those are treated entirely different than mange so start with a diagnosis from your veterinarian - they will also have medication for mange.

Date: Apr 14, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Demodex mites

Question:My dog has demodex mites, she's in the process of clearing the infection in her feet and face up, what can I do to help get rid of these mites, she won't let me brush her, or bath her, she's only lost hair from her legs belly muzzle and face, she's fine everywhere else.

Answer:There are new excellent prescription products such as Nexguard and simparica that often quickly kill demodex mites within days to weeks of a single pill and then slowly over a few months. You should see your local veterinarian as many pets have secondary bacterial and/or yeast infections which also may need to be addressed with antibiotics, etc. Your vet can also be monitoring treatment with periodic skin scrapes, etc

Date: Apr 11, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Demodectic mange

Question:My dog has demodectic mange what is a good shampoo i can buy to treat it?

Answer:A shampoo with benzoyl peroxide is ideal because the mange mites live in the hair follicles and benzoyl peroxide kind of flushes out the follicles. If s/he has a secondary infection (pustules, hot spots, etc) a medicated shampoo with Chlorhexidine +/- ketoconazole in it would work nicely as well. Soap your dog up and let it sit for 10 minutes to really penetrate and help.


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