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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: Jan 16, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Possible mange

Question:Our dog has been scratching and biting at his back side for about a week. Today we noticed several red spots that appear to be welts. Could this be mange? Rider, our dog, will be 7 years old in March and is a high energy, border collie mix.

Answer:Mange highly unlikely in dog or pet this age. Most likely some sort of allergy; either flea bite allergy, inhalant/contact allergy and/or food allergy. You can try benadryl at dose of 1 mg per pound twice daily and add fatty acid like Be well from 1800petmeds to meals. If signs persist or worsen, see vet for allergy workup

Date: Jan 13, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Shampoo

Question:My dog has mange. Can I use an anti-itch shampoo to help him with the itching as well as his medicine treating the mange

Answer:You can try an oatmeal shampoo every few days, as well as even oral bendadryl at dose of 1 mg per pound twice daily. Add oral fatty acid like Be Well from 1800petmeds to meals. If signs persist or worsen, see vet for recheck to make sure diagnosis is correct and/or if prescription antibiotics are needed. Most recently vets use prescription oral products like nexguard or simparica for quick resolution of most cases of demodectic mange

Date: Jan 13, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Mange

Question:I have a rescued 7 year old border collie who is agoraphobic so unable to go to vets. She has mange so what is best treatment. I have had dogs before that caught mange from local foxes but didn't have the problem about going to vets so don't know what to do

Answer:I would NOT assume it is mange mites which needs skin scrape by licensed vet and evaluation of scrape under microscope to make diagnosis. Secondary bacterial and/or yeast infections from underlying allergies are also possible in addition to mange. Best to call house call vet in your area who can come to your home for this workup

Date: Dec 31, 2012
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair Loss

Question:I Have An Eight Year Old Daschund And She Has Loss The Hair On Her Back. She Does Not Have Any Itching And Her Skin Looks Good No Spots Or Scabs.

Answer:Could Be Allergy Or Hormonal Coat Problem Like Low Thyroid Or Adrenal Gland Issue. Best To Take To Vet For Exam And Evaluation To Help Sort These Out.

Date: Oct 23, 2012
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ongoing+skin+issues

Question:My+2+1/2+year+old+lab/weimaraner+mix+has+lost+several+plugs+of+hair+over+the+last+2+or+3+months.+his+behavior+has+been+the+same+until+the+last+two+days.+he+has+seemed+lethargic.+i+have+been+to+the+vet+3+times+and+now+results.+initially+he+had+a+small+circular+balding+space+on+his+belly+that+did+seem+a+little+inflamed.+i+was+given+ketochlor+shampoo+which+didn't+work+so+it+spread.+he+also+had+an+ear+infection+for+it+i+was+given+animax...it+returned+shortly+after+usage.+he+then+received+his+shots+on+week+later+he+was+swollen+with+whelping+and+had+to+have+a+antihistamine+shot.+he+began+antibiotics,+benedryl+and+prednisone.+at+that+point+the+vet+thought+it+was+allergies.+the+spots+where+the+hair+is+missing+become+dry+and+the+skin+and+hair+follicle+fall+out.+he+did+receive+a+a+scrapping+with+negative+fungal+or+mite+results.+now+the+hair+is+slowly+trying+to+come+back+but+is+thin,+coarse+and+in+some+spots+white.+please+help!!!

Answer:Sounds Like You Have Had Thorough And Proper Workup. Only Other Thing Would Be To Consider Skin Biopsy For Proper Diagnosis Of Hair Coat Problems. Most Likely Allergies, Which Tend To Recur And Need Long Term Management. You Could Also Try Low Allergy Novel Protein Diet Like Rabbit Or Venison Based Foods.


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