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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: Jul 12, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Essential oils

Question:If I dilute tea tree oil for cleaning and disinfectant for around my house is that safe for my cats? I will never directly put anything on them and donżt use a diffuser but I want to cut down on the chemicals used In my house.

Answer:I actually wouldn't do that if you have cats. It would be hard to control the amount they might ingest if they started licking the floor, counter or wherever you cleaned.

Date: Jul 8, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog has mange

Question:I've been treating my 12 week old puppy for mange using shampoos for mange and a home remedy my dad always used of borax peroxide and water how long should it take to start clearing up also is there any other home remedies that are better than what I'm using?

Answer:There are 2 kinds of mange (demodectic and sarcoptic) and they are treated entirely differently so I will need to know more about your puppy to make a recommendation. Here is a link to treating Demodectic mange, the article is kind of old and doesn't mention some of the newer, better treatments but they are prescription so you would have to get them from your vet: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/mange-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: Jul 7, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Red mange

Question:We just rescued a part Australian shepherd/ lab mix 6 months old in Alabama and took her to the vet and she has the red mange and was full of worms. He gave us medicine for the worms and she was heartworm negative thank goodness and gave us Heartguard and Nexguard and said the Nexguard would kill the mites causing the mange and is not contagious to humans or other pets. Is this correct and do you recommend a topical treatment along with the Nexguard to help treat this ?

Answer:All of that is correct and I usually start with just Nexgard. Some dogs will need stronger medication, but starting with just the Nexgard is a good plan.

Date: Jul 7, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Paws

Question:My dog is licking his pads a lot ?

Answer:This can be caused by many things (allergies, demodectic mange, interdigital cysts, fungal or bacterial pododermatitis, etc etc) so you need your veterinarian to make a diagnosis first because most of these are treated entirely differently. 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: Jul 6, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: to get rid of it of mites possible mange

Question:I have a limited amount of money if my dog has Demo mItes is there a store product that can help my dog I donżt know if I have enough money for the vet and I donżt want my dog to die

Answer:Here is a link to our article about treating Demodectic mange with multiple treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/mange-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: Jul 5, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Mange medication

Question:How can I treat my dog's mange? Due to scratching, my dog's hair falls off and gets a skin bleeding. It happens not only in one area. It happens on the side of his legs, stomache, and neck. What medicine should I buy in vet stores or what home-remedy can I do? Thank you very much.

Answer:There are 2 kinds of mange and they are treated differently - then there are many other causes of itchiness (allergies, ringworm, pyoderma, etc) so you need a definitive diagnosis before a recommendation can be made. Here is a link to possible treatment options for Demodectic mange with over-the-counter and prescription options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/mange-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: Jun 27, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: mange

Question:hi. dr. is there any other injection better than neomac, if there is please tell me, neomac cannot cure mange.

Answer:Occasionally we will have to use daily oral Ivermectin for a few days, weeks - consult your veterinarian to see if that might be an option for your dog.

Date: Jun 23, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: mange

Question:hi dr.i have a st bernard about 2years old, he has demodectic mange, does heartgard plus can cure this mange, i have been fighting this for 2 years till now cannot cure , form 2 month to till now i am going to vet, our local vet is giving a injection call neomec.

Answer:No, Heartgard does not help mange - some of the flea and tick medications that we use with Heartgard do (Nexgard, Bravecto, Simparica). I would recommend one of those monthly after you get Neomec from your veterinarian.

Date: Jun 21, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: What can use to prevent mange

Question:I have a mixed area I believe it has almost like a yeast infection and maybe a skin problem issues like the mange a little not bad what is best to use

Answer:I would need to see what we are talking about to really help you but if it's not too bad, a lot of the new, really good & strong flea & tick medications help mange as well: Nexgard, Bravecto and Simparica in particular.

Date: Jun 11, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: demodex mange on my 3 yr old pitbull

Question:I need to know what is the best way to treat severe demodex mange, what would you as a vet suggest for treatment? Vets bills are outrageous and I don't have the money for that. I need to know what dips, shampoos, creams and over the counter medicine you would suggest. Thanks

Answer:Honestly there are no good over-the-counter medications that are really effective against "severe demodex" - even the new flea and tick medications that have activity against mange require a prescription (Nexgard, Bravecto, Simparica). You also want to be sure it is actually demodex flaring back up and not allergies - which are treated entirely differently, so see your veterinarian when you can.

Date: May 30, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Please Help me help my Sweet Baby

Question:My dog Betty Juju, is a 2 old rescue, she has seen a regular vet since I got her at 2.5 lbs. She is now 30 lbs. About 3 months ago, I noticed some bugs in the tub water. I had no idea that it is an infestation in my house, and that my dog and cat could attract them. Iżm have fought theses things tooth and nail ,,, Daily but Recently, I found some small scabs on her, and I pulled out with tweezer , and it appears to be tiny insects that burrowed into her skin, then I found like tunnels, and they release white small dots that look like the fly, but I have not been able to see wings. I have tried a lot of products to help her and my cat. I just found one burrowed in my elbow. In your professional option, can you tell me what you might think these are? Have you ever heard of such an animal? ,

Answer:I would really need to see them to be able to recommend what to use to kill them - could be fleas, ticks, lice, etc. If you cannot take your dog in to be seen, take some in a zip lock bag to your veterinarian - they will be able to tell you what they are and recommend an appropriate treatment.

Date: May 20, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Mange

Question:Is mange a life threatening illness

Answer:Not usually but if left untreated for a really long time, the secondary infections can potentially be fatal. It is easy to treat now so there is no reason not to treat them.

Date: May 16, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Sarcoptic mange

Question:Our dogs got sarcoptic mange, I have been treating them with revolution, they are looking a lot better. Can cats get them? I give them revolution to, but it does not say that it treats that. Thank you

Answer:Cats can get it but not as easily as dogs. Revolution should help but it's not my first choice in treatments so if the dogs don't continue to improve or the cats show signs contact your veterinarian for stronger medication.

Date: May 15, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Demodex mange

Question:Hello, I have a 3 year old English bulldog. He was recently on prednisone for having bronchitis. I work at the animal hospital I take him to, as a receptionist, and really just wanted a second opinion. They confirmed he had demodex mange, and gave me a bravecto. He also got a cytopoint Injection for his allergies. Iżm using happy jack mange medicine as well. It seems as though thereżs even MORE redness than before. So I washed him up and Iżm wondering, does it get worse before it gets better? Are there antibiotics I can ask for from my vet? What can I do to comfort him? Thank you in advance.

Answer:It sounds more like he has allergies. There are so many treatments for allergies, I will attach a link discussing many of them - it starts by going over "avoiding allergens" which is key to long term relief for allergies: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: May 3, 2019
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My dog lost a patch of hair.

Question:My yorkie lost of a patch of hair, the space is red and irritated. What can I use to clear it up and grow her hair back.

Answer:It really depends on why she lost hair in the first place. You used the mange category so if the hair loss is from mange, topical Goodwinol may help if it's only one spot. Here is our article about hair loss in case it's not due to mange: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/dog-cat-hair-loss-18.htm


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