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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: Oct 19, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: mange/scabies

Question:How to get rid of scabies/mange

Answer:Copy and paste this into your browser for treatments for mange: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/mange-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: Oct 5, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Demodex mange

Question:My vet said the demodex mange mites he found were dead, but he still wants to treat my 7mos old pit puppy. I was using Happy Jack sulfer mange med, then I thought it was ringworm so I was rubbing clotrimozole on her spots & bathing her every 3 days with Happy Jack antifungal shampoo( xylecde). Did any of this kill the mites? Do I have to worry about "live " ones making a comeback?? Thank you

Answer:What you did probably helped. It is possible for the mites to come back and cause problems but usually once most puppies get rid of them, they rarely have another problem. You ideally want to treat until you see no mites, even dead ones.

Date: Oct 3, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppy mange

Question:Puppy mange. I live in Barbados, can i use taktic dip for puppy mange ?

Answer:There are 2 (very different) types of mange: Sarcoptic mange and Demodectic mange. Taktic only helps demodectic mange, so be sure you know which kind you are treating. In general: Sarcoptic mange is the itchy mange and Demodectic mange causes hair loss without a lot of itching. Be sure you use the Taktic formulated for dogs not cattle. There are much easier products now that help mange like Bravecto and Nexgard, if you have access to those.

Date: Sep 28, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dermodex Mange - Shampoo?

Question:I have a four month old pit bull puppy that has been diagnosed with dermodex mange. The vet gave him NexGard for three months to treat the mange. I noticed that his spots seem to be more red and irritated than before. Is there a shampoo that I can bathe him with to help sooth the spots? Specifically the spot on the right side of his face under the ear is quite inflamed.

Answer:There are many medicated shampoos that would be helpful, like Malaseb or Malapet (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Malapet+Medicated+Shampoo-prod11132.html). Shampoos with benzoyl peroxide are supposed to be especially helpful because they flush the hair follicle where the mite lives.

Date: Sep 26, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppy pain

Question:We have 3 adult dogs and a very sick 10 week old puppy he has like black heads that drain clear liquids I got scabbies . We don't know what it is can you tell me I'm on SSI and don't have the money to go to the vet .

Answer:Everything that effectively kills Sarcoptic mange (that causes Scabies) is prescription so you are going to have to make an appointment with your veterinarian. Call ahead and tell them you are on a limited income budget and need to know how much it will cost and you need the least expensive option and most veterinarians will work with you. Call multiple different veterinarians because prices will vary. Sarcoptic mange is not very expensive to treat and you want to do it before the other dogs get it because it is definitely contagious so don't let the puppy around the other dogs until he is treated - don't let them sleep on his bedding either.

Date: Sep 10, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Treatment

Question:I just rescued a pit and he has demoxic mange How do I treat?

Answer:The only approved medication to treat Demodex is Amitraz dip, but I think most of us start with either Nexgard or Bravecto - neither have been approved to treat Demodex (yet) but they are easy and relatively cheap and will help with fleas and ticks as well. For more severe Demodex infections there are even more treatment options available. All of these require a prescription from a veterinarian.

Date: Sep 10, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Treatment

Question:I just rescued a pit bull that has mange. How can i treat this and get rid of it?

Answer:There are two kinds of mange (Sarcoptic and Demodectic) - I would need to know which kind to advise you.

Date: Aug 23, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Demodex

Question:Can Bravecto cure demodex?

Answer:It's not labeled (yet) for Demodex but the dermatologists recommend it.

Date: Aug 21, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: demodex mange treatment

Question:My older, rescue, shepherd mix dog has had demodex all her life. Her prior owner combated outbreaks with ivermectrin. My vet recommended spot-on remedy Promaris. I kept the dog symptom free for yrs; with routine bathing & application of that remedy. Last year they quit making it. Do you know a good, cost-effective substitute? D. Hewitt Rural Western WA.

Answer:Nexgard and Bravecto are 2 new(ish) flea and tick products that dermatologists are starting to really like to help treat Demodex - especially chronic cases like your Shepherd.

Date: Jul 19, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Demodox

Question:My dog was diagnosed with demodex , so his hair is falling out and I noticed he had some red bumps , looks like scabs on his back and chest. Is that caused by the demodex?

Answer:Yes, that is probably a secondary skin infection from the demodex. Try a shampoo with benzoyl peroxide - it gets down into the follicles where the mange mite lives and starts the infection. If you can't find one with that, any medicated shampoo will help, like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Universal+Medicated+Shampoo-prod248144.html

Date: Jul 5, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: does my dog have mange

Question:I have a 10 year old pit bull. I don't know if he has mange or what. He is losing his hair all over his body, but he has sores that bleed and scabs. I was told he might be allergic to fleas. what shampoo should I use on him? I don't see any fleas on him. I have been using a shampoo and lotion on him that I shampoo him every 3 days and use the lotion up to 3 times a day to help relieve the itch I have been doing this for 1 1/2 months. doesn't seem to be any better but worst .

Answer:Your veterinarian can rule out mange easily - you kind of hope that it is mange because it's easy to treat. It's a little odd that he just started having problems at 10 years old - usually allergies will show up before that, but it's still possible. The perfect shampoo for him depends on a lot of things - primarily whether he has a secondary skin infection in which case you would want to use an anti-bacterial anti-fungal shampoo like Malaseb. If not, some of the ones with hydrocortisone can soothe the itch. If he is pretty itchy, topical therapy like shampoos and lotions may not provide him with the relief that oral medication from your veterinarian will.

Date: Jun 29, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppy mange

Question:Can I buy an effective meds without going to the vet?I can't afford a vet but I rescued 2 puppies with a severe case of mange.I've been bathing them once a week with borax and peroxide,and put ftontine tic drops...and the mange has not got away 3 weeks already...please help

Answer:There are 2 types of mange (sarcoptic and demodectic) and they are treated differently so I would need to know which kind they have, but all of the strong (effective) medications require a prescription so you will have to take them to a veterinarian to get any of the stronger medications.

Date: Jun 27, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog seems to have mange.

Question:What does mange look like and how do you treat it?

Answer:There are 2 different kinds of mange: Demodectic mange and Sarcoptic mange. Sarcoptic mange is very itchy, demodectic mange usually isn't (at least initially). They both cause hairloss and eventually secondary skin infections if they aren't treated. There are a few different ways to treat them now but all of them require a prescription from your veterinarian - you would want a diagnosis before you start buying things to treat them anyway or you might waste more money guessing.

Date: Jun 17, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Seresto flea collar

Question:Is it safe to put this collar on my dog if I think she has mange.The 5 vets she's been to don't know what is it.

Answer:It is fine to use. You may want to consider either Nexguard or Bravecto instead because they can help mange (and prevent fleas and ticks).

Date: Jun 15, 2017
Category: Mange
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog with demodectic mange

Question:Hello, I am considering adopting a puppy that has demodectic mange. First, I was curious about the likelihood of my current dog and cat getting it from the new puppy. Second, I have read that it can be caused by a weakened immune system - would you suspect this puppy has an underlying immune issue I will have to deal with as well? Thanks for your advice.

Answer:Demodectic mange is not contagious to other dogs, cats or people - that is Sarcoptic mange. Most puppies outgrow demodectic mange (with and without treatment) by the time they are about 1 year old and don't have issues with it or any other problems. They are a little predisposed to it coming back if they have some really traumatic event, like getting hit by a car and having multiple surgeries, but most go on to live entirely normal lives.


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