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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.