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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: Mar 31, 2020
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Mites

Question:Im trying to see if my dog has mites or mange I have bought several products and its not getting any better

Answer:I would need to know a LOT more about your dog to really help - what products have you used, did you use them long enough, what symptoms does your dog have (hair loss only, itchiness with hair loss, etc etc etc.) 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: Mar 25, 2020
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Demodectic Mange

Question:I have a 1yo Dane that started losing patches of fur. I took her to the vet last week, and the vet diagnosed her with Demodectic Mange. I wasn't able to afford the medication right then and there, since the visit and the check up alone was $97. She said that the medication for her would cost another $100. She never gave me the name of the medication either. Now with the virus going around, her office is closed until further notice. Is there a better solution out there for my dog, that won't cost an arm and leg to buy? Also, how long is the process to treat her?

Answer:All medications for demodectic mange require a prescription from a veterinarian that has met her face to face, so email the vet that saw her. Most will still sell you medication and walk it out to your car. The new flea and tick medications, Nexgard and Bravecto, help a little and should only be ~ $60, so do that at a minimum.

Date: Mar 23, 2020
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Mange

Question:My has black like hard stuff on his body his feet eyes belly tailors all over him and I have tried everything on him and it doesn't seem to want to go awsy

Answer:There are many things that cause this (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: Mar 18, 2020
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Mange

Question:Our 2, 5 week old pups are suspected to have sarcoptic mange. They have been treated with credello and also lime dips twice a week for 2 weeks. They are seeming to be relieved from itching and even have new hair growth. I also have a 13 month old doodle living in the same household. He is on bravecto. Ive noticed some itching on him, should I be concerned that hes possibly caught scabies from the pups even if hes on treatment? Should I treat him with lime dip as well?

Answer:He should be pretty well protected if he is taking Bravecto but I would go ahead and do teh lime sulphur treatment just to be sure and stop the spread.

Date: Mar 16, 2020
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: What do you recommend

Question:My daughter says my 7 year old st. Bernard has manage and will need antibiotics. She has no bald spots but does have a black like mildew looking stuff under her hair. She cries out when she moves so I don't know if it's her hips or this crud on her. She had a bath last March before my husband died , but can't get into my Jeep to go to the vet. Any suggestions?

Answer:I would have to examine her to give you really useful information - what you describe does sound like a skin infection (bacterial and/or fungal) but it will usually be secondary to something else like allergies, mange, ringworm, hypothyroidism, etc etc. All of these are treated entirely differently so getting a diagnosis is ideal from your veterinarian. They can check out her painful hind legs while you are there and get you some medication for that. Until then, try using a good medicated shampoo with an antibacterial and antifungal ingredient like this over-the-counter one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Medicated+Shampoo-prod11132.html

Date: Mar 1, 2020
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Others
Topic: Deer with mange

Question:I have some wireless cameras that I watch close by my house and feed the deer through out the winter. Ive noticed one of the deer has some bad mange and getting worse. Seems like its already been pushed out of the herd. Is there anything I can buy at the local feed store to try and dose this deer. This deer seems to be the first one to come back to the area after iv disturbed it so Im pretty sure I can get this one deer to eat it and i can watch these cameras live to see whats happening. Aprox weight of the deer is 100lbs

Answer:I am solely a small animal (just dogs and cats) veterinarian so contact a veterinarian that specializes in exotics or large animals for help with your deer. You can often find them at your local veterinary school or on websites like Justanswer.com.

Date: Feb 17, 2020
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Mange

Question:Will the meds burn my dog when apply

Answer:I will need to know what medications you are talking about. (Oral medications are far more effective.)

Date: Feb 12, 2020
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Best medication

Question:What is the best oral medication to kill sarcoptic mange? I took my 9 week old puppy to the vet Friday and she was diagnosed as having scabies and my vet gave me Credelio yellow box and said that should kill them. Its been almost a week and she is still itching. Not as much but still all throughout the day.

Answer:Credelio should help get rid of it. If she is still really uncomfortable, you may need a recheck to add something a little stronger like ivermectin and/or oral medications to help the itch.

Date: Feb 9, 2020
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Mange

Question:I need Nexgard for my puppy she has mange .,My vet ordered it

Answer:Here is a link to order it - copy and paste into your address bar: https://www.1800petmeds.com/NexGard+Chewables-prod10356.html

Date: Feb 7, 2020
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: What is on my dog ?

Question:Hi! My dog will be 13 weeks on Monday and i am finding a bunch of bumps on him that look like crusty scabs. They sometimes have puss coming out of them.

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 so you can formulate a treatment plan for him.

Date: Feb 4, 2020
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Others
Topic: Mite infestation

Question:Good afternoon Dr. Dym, My daughter has a small herd of goats in the USVI and one has mites. She is otherwise healthy but we want to get this under control before it develops into something even more serious. (1). Should she treat all of the herd, even though they seem asymptotic? (2) what is the best treatment to use? Thanks for the help R/Carol

Answer:I am solely a small animal (just dogs and cats) veterinarian so contact a veterinarian that specializes in large animals for help with your goats. You can often find them at your local veterinary school or on websites like Justanswer.com.

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.


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