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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.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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 12, 2020
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Breeding

Question:My vet did a skin scrape on my puppy who is 9 months old. She diagnosed her with demodectic mites. She said to get her spayed. She really didnt go into full detail on why I should not breed her. If you could provide me with the answers I would appreciate it. I really want to breed my dog but I know her health is way more important. I just need more info.

Answer:Demodectic mange is genetic and the predisposition is passed down to her offspring, so in an effort to eliminate the condition it is ideal to not breed her or her offspring may suffer from it as well.

Date: Jan 2, 2020
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Sores

Question:What can I do for mange on my dog there are b look back spots on his body and very sore

Answer:Mange is actually pretty easy to treat, but you will need prescription medication from your veterinarian, so see them for treatment.

Date: Jan 1, 2020
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Mange

Question:I have tried everything for my pet and nothing seems to work to get rid of it ..he has black spots on his body on his face and tail under h iui s belly pkz help

Answer:If the black spots are secondary to mange, you will need prescription medication from your veterinarian. If they are from something else, you will need a diagnosis before you treat them so you know how to treat them, so see your veterinarian for treatment if they continue or worsen.

Date: Dec 12, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Mange getting worse

Question:My 7 month old pitbull has demodex mange I bought her medicated shampoo and itch relief spray also some onintment for her scabs. When I first started her treatment her missing spots of hair weren't too bad but now the spots of missing hair are growing larger and scabbing up is this normal?

Answer:Yes, especially if you aren't using anything to kill the underlying mange mites. This requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

Date: Dec 9, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: I dont know what my dog has

Question:Hello Dr, My dog has been itching himself for over 1 month now. We washed him with oatmeal soap to see if that would help but it doesnt. I notice in his skin he has tiny yellow/clear circles, along with patches and bumps on his back and his tail. Im trying hard to figure what exactly he has but I cant seem to find out. I think he has Demodetic mange because of the description, but he doesnt have hair loss Please help ! Thank you

Answer:There are many things that cause itching (allergies, mange, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis. Since allergies are the most common, here is a link to our article about various treatments for allergies, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: Dec 9, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: German shepherd with all over mange

Question:The local vet gave us 28 days of antibiotics to take twice a day which got rid of it for a short time even monthly flea chewable that are suppose to manage it but it's coming back. I need help my baby is suffering and the vets here are a joke.

Answer:Your dog may have a more severe case of mange that may need stronger medication, like Ivermectin. It is prescription so you will need to get it from your veterinarian - they will need to recheck the mange as well.

Date: Dec 4, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Small patch on thigh

Question:Hello i noticed a small bloody patch on my 7 month old dog . I thought she cut herself trying to dig , but its spreading and she dont seem sick she still acts normal y fine and etc. Could it be mange

Answer:I would need to see it (and possibly run some tests) to really guess what is going on. It could be many things: allergies, mange, ringworm, pyoderma, etc etc. Have your veterinarian check it out if it persists or worsens.

Date: Nov 22, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Scabies

Question:My 9 month old puppy has scabies and I was wondering what medicine I could give him or even an at home remedy that could help

Answer:There are over-the-counter lime sulphur dips that you can use. They are stinky and take a while to work. Then your veterinarian will have more potent, less stinky and faster treatment options.

Date: Nov 16, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Best Medication

Question:I was told that maybe bravecto? that helps with fleas, really helps with mange, i wasnt sure, but my dog who is 7 months pointer mix, has a small amount of hair leaving the side of her left eye. What do you suggested for mange

Answer:Yes, Bravecto will help. Your veterinarian will have even stronger medications if they are deemed necessary.

Date: Nov 11, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bump

Question:my dog has a bump that looks like its filled with pus but i dont know its yellow and its small and kind of looks like a pimple, im not sure what it could be.

Answer:It sounds like a pimple - they get pimples too - they are usually secondary to another condition (mange, ringworm, allergies, etc) though that often must be treated if it doesn't go away on it's own so see your veterinarian for a diagnosis and appropriate treatment if it worsens or doesn't improve.

Date: Oct 26, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Best Treatment for Demodectic Mange

Question:Good Evening, I have a 16 week old puppy, as cute as a button, who is scratching chewing constantly. He does not stop scratching, chewing, hair starting to fall out, and I cannot find any fleas or ticks on him. I was informed by a Vet that he has Demodectic Mange. However, in the past I was told by a Vet that my 1 year old lab puppy had anal fistula and the performed anal surgery on to take a piece to perform a biopsy. I wasn't' real pleased about that since I found out it anal fistula is prominent in German Shepherds over 7 years old. So not only did I waste a lot of money, most importantly I put my young pup through a surgery he did not need. I do not want the same thing for this little guy. If it is D. Mange what is the best treatment? My name is Diana Finlason and I can be reached at 405-606-5753 if needed. I thank you in advance for your assistance.

Answer:Prescription medications work best for mange, like ivermectin and/or Nexgard or Bravecto. If the puppy is that itchy, it may be sarcoptic mange, which is contagious to people. Both are really easy to diagnose so it is ideal to see your veterinarian.

Date: Oct 16, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Treatment

Question:What is the most effective treatment for mange? Has there been any crossover infections to humans?

Answer:There are 2 different types of mange: Sarcoptic mange (contagious to people) and Demodectic mange (not contagious to people). They are treated a little differently but Ivermectin works nicely for both. Some of the newer flea and tick medications (Nexgard, Bravecto, Simparica) can help with both.

Date: Oct 14, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Revolution

Question:Does Revolution treat demodectic mange as well as sarcoptic mange? Very itchy pup, now 8 months old. vet had no evidence of mites first scraping so thought maybe sarcoptic. Have tried allergy testing. Ready to head back to vet as I cannot find any listing the revolution will treat demodectic mites. Thanks

Answer:The newer flea and tick products help more with Demodex: Nexgard and Bravecto. Revolution is not labeled for demodectic mange although, as an ivermectin derivative, probably does help it.

Date: Oct 12, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Tea tree oil

Question:Could u please tell me how much tea tree oil do I mix with water for my 2 lol yorkies

Answer:It entirely depends on the concentration of the product and since tea tree oil can be toxic to them, I only recommend using products developed for (and tested on) dogs.

Date: Oct 8, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog with mange.

Question:Hello, I have a 7 month old Bernese Mountain dog. She was just diagnosed with Demodectic mange and prescribed Cefpodoxime 200 mg along with shampoo and Simparica. Her condition seems to be getting worse more say then better. Is there anything else I can do for my 7 month old puppy to help the healing process?

Answer:Losing more hair shortly after starting treatment is not unusual but if it gets too bad, have your veterinarian recheck her - there are stronger medications but they have more side effects.


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