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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: 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.

Date: Apr 10, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Treatment for my dogs mange

Question:My dog has mange what can i use to get rid of it???

Answer:There are 2 types of mange (Sarcoptic and Demodectic) and they are treated differently. Your veterinarian can diagnose which one with a few simple tests and get your dog started on the appropriate medication.

Date: Mar 30, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hair loss around mouth and chin

Question:My 3 year German Shepherd having hair loss around his chin And mouth. Not sure if its mange.

Answer:If he had a hard time with demodectic mange when he was young, it can recrudesce, but that's kind of rare. It's even more rare (but possible) to have a first time flare up when he is 3 years old. The only way to know for sure is to have your veterinarian do a skin scrape and look at it under the microscope.

Date: Mar 29, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Demodectic Mange

Question:My dog tested positive for demodectic mange in january. The vet gave her Bravecto which last 3 months. It is now March and her skin looks worse, she has more hair loss then before. Should I get Bravecto again? I also found SynergyLabs Veterinary Formula Clinical Care Antiparasitic & Antiseborrheic Medicated Shampoo which states that it will help the healing process of her skin but I know it won't get rid of the mites should I use that too?

Answer:The shampoo will help if she has a secondary skin infection (pimples, pustules). There are stronger medications that treat Demodectic Mange that she may need at this point. Schedule a recheck appointment with your veterinarian to get another skin scrape and see how she's doing and whether she might need either more Bravecto or something stronger.

Date: Mar 22, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diagnosis

Question:My dog has lost her hair only on her ears. It is practically all gone. She doesn't itch at all. Could this be mange? Thank you

Answer:It could be mange. It could be many other things ranging from ringworm to hypothyroidism to plain old balding, yes certain breeds have balding issues. Your veterinarian can help diagnose her problem.

Date: Mar 5, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Mange or fungal infection

Question:How to treat my dog......?he also had flakes and loss of hair....is this a mange or a fungal infection?

Answer:To diagnose mange vs a fungal infection, you will need to take him to your veterinarian where they will examine him and do some diagnositcs, like a skin scrape, to see mange mites, etc. Using a good medicated shampoo, like Malaseb, that has anti-fungal activity and will help with any secondary infections he may have with the mange is a good idea until you can get him to the vet.

Date: Jan 20, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppies

Question:My anatolian shepard breed witj my pittbull. 4 out of 9 puppies have something that loooks like mange. There tails are getting bald and there paws are getting like scar tissue looking. Wikl it go away since they are puppies or shoukd i treat it? What do i treat them with? Thank you.

Answer:THis is not one that I can diagnose or recommend treatment here. All the puppies and mom need full vet exam, as well as skin scrape to rule in or out mange mites, as well as likely prescription antibiotics for secondary bacterial infection. Ringworm also possible in young puppies which needs vet exam to rule out

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


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