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DateApr 6, 2022
CategoryMange
Pet TypeCat
Topicscabie mites
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Question:

what can i use for scabie mites on my cats

Answer:

Scabies (sarcoptic mange) is very rare in cats, so be sure of the diagnosis. Nothing over-the-counter works very well, so a veterinarian that has met your cat face-to-face will have to approve any medication, like Revolution, which works well to prevent it as well. An extra dosage is usually given at a 2 week interval for treatment.

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DateMar 26, 2022
CategoryMange
Pet TypeDog
TopicIvermectin
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Question:

Would 2weeks script be sufficient treatment of ivermectin script would U prescribe it from here? I’m retired pathology dog is 160 lbs

Answer:

In veterinary medicine, a veterinarian that has met your dog face-to-face would have to approve the prescription. A 2 week course is usually sufficient for sarcoptic mange but not demodectic mange, so it depends on the severity of the case and the type of mange your dog has - most dogs will need longer than 2 weeks though.

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DateMar 10, 2022
CategoryMange
Pet TypeDog
TopicMange won't resolve
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Question:

My 1.5yr old frenchie displayed mange and I treated at home...he was resolving then gave it to my 6mo frenchie who got it way worse and now neither will resolve. What can I buy to resolve this?

Answer:

Over-the-counter medications really don't work very well for mange so I would recommend going ahead and seeing your local veterinarian for a definitive diagnosis and prescription medication.

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DateFeb 27, 2022
CategoryMange
Pet TypeCat
TopicPreventing mange on household cats
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Question:

I recently took a neighborhood stray, that I have been feeding, to the vet for a skin condition. He was diagnosed with mange/scabies. He was prescribed Revolution plus. I would like to order a box to use on my household cats to prevent them from catching it. Would you be able to write that prescription? My vet won't approve prescriptions over the internet anymore and they are much more expensive that PetMeds. Thanks.

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In veterinary medicine, only a veterinarian that has met your pets face-to-face can legally approve prescriptions.

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DateFeb 25, 2022
CategoryMange
Pet TypeDog
TopicTreating mange
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My dog has mange. He was treated with 2 shots and 2 oral liquid once a week for 4 weeks. If like to treat him at home.

Answer:

I would need to know what kind of mange your dog has to help you (demodectic vs sarcoptic) but there are no good over-the-counter treatments really for either so consult your veterinarian for a recheck.

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DateJan 18, 2022
CategoryMange
Pet TypeDog
TopicDiagnosing or all in one treatment
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Are there any non prescription medications that will completely rid these spots. Black in color. Financially I cannot keep buying products and going to vets just to be told without even testing stool or skin samples that there’s nothing wrong. That happened the last i dished out 600 for my two schnauzers. 8-9 years old. With not help from a vet. Well not one that had results. Last vet told me to bring stool samples. Just to not even ask for it. Charged me for testing but made a visually test and told me not to worry. I’ve since then have networked and took it upon my self to research and finding out common symptoms and causes. And came to ten main conclusions that the lack of and or poor grooming and diet is number one them. Please please correct me if any of this is of any misinformation. Ok sorry for the long post I’m just frustrated I would and have been spending most of my money for the treatment of my dogs. I have 2 and they are basically my kids and I feel helpless watching them go through any discomfort. Especially when I’ve exhausted and invested almost all my time trying to rid skin condition once and for all. I have the grooming done by me correctly with help from network of other vets and or other owners. Prior to showering. And one time ever 2 weeks. The shampoo seems to get it’s under control but it’s one through town I’d like to get it all under control before the spring time hits and I’d like to get them on medication before summer time so I’m not just trying to maintain instead I’d like to prevent any more outbreaks. Is your medication I can give them every three months or so without prescription or is there an online way to get a prescription through video call. Not having spent $600 just to have them try to sell meCancer prevention for their mouth.Which would be fine if we are taking care of the finish problem first. As you know how to spin hours do you information when I paid that so give me the right info. It’s OK I have a knowledge now I will never hurt her I never been forced to get it myself. I know it’s better to get them under a regimen of meds before fully and check season gets worse when the warm weather hits. But I know that know that skin condition is in our year-round maintenance. Any advice would be appreciated thank you and Advance sorry for the novel I’m just very thorough.

Answer:

IT's hard for me to guess what is going on without examining your dog and running some tests on her skin lesions. There are many things that cause "black spots" (allergies, mange, hypothroidism, 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 Allergies can be frustrating because they continue to recur until you figure out what they are allergic to and often it is multiple things. The good thing is that there are a LOT of treatment options available now, many more than are listed in that article above about treating allergies which starts by discussing "avoiding allergens" which is essential. Legally, in veterinary medicine, any prescription medications must be approved by a veterinarian that has met your dog face-to-face.

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DateDec 28, 2021
CategoryMange
Pet TypeDog
TopicMange
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Is fenbendazole and ivermectin the same thing to treat demo mange

Answer:

No, fenbendazole is a good broad spectrum dewormer but it doesn't treat mange. Ivermectin does treat mange.

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DateDec 16, 2021
CategoryMange
Pet TypeDog
TopicNews
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Question:

news

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I can't tell if you have a question or are just looking for news about mange, so feel free to submit another question and here is a link to our article about mange: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/mange

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DateNov 13, 2021
CategoryMange
Pet TypeDog
TopicMange
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Question:

My dog has sarcoptic mange how much would the medication cost

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The easiest and strongest way to treat them is with prescription medication from your veterinarian. There are over-the-counter sulfer dips that don't work as well but are better than nothing. As far as cost, it will depend on where you purchase them - we don't carry the over-the-counter dips.

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DateAug 9, 2021
CategoryMange
Pet TypeDog
TopicMange treatment
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Mange treatment for dog? My english mastiff appears to have mange? My other dogs do not have anything what is best treatment.

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There are 2 types of mange (Demodex and Sarcoptes) and they are treated differently. Since your other dogs are fine, it sounds like Demodex. Although if your veterinarian hasn't diagnosed mange, skin allergies are much more common, so it is really ideal to see your veterinarian for a diagnosis. All of the really effective treatments, for Demodex, require a prescription from your veterinarian anyway.

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DateJul 17, 2021
CategoryMange
Pet Typenull
TopicWhat medicine ?
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Question:

What medicine can I get for my puppy she got the Mang from one of my other pets that I don't have anymore he use to go out side she didn't want can I get for her to make her better and make her hair grow back.

Answer:

There are many things that cause hair loss like that (allergies, mange, ringworm, etc) and most are treated differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis. PRescription medications from your veterinarian will work best and are a lot easier than over-the-counter remedies for contagious mange. Since it is contagious to humans, seeing your vet is ideal. Here is a good article about Sarcoptic mange, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust with various treatment options: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4951492

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DateJun 25, 2021
CategoryMange
Pet Typenull
TopicMange/mite
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I paid a big vet bill last year for a hot spot now he is losing hair all over the body. I have been spraying with an apple cider/water mix. It seems to be working but on a slow basis. What medicine can I give orally?

Answer:

There are many things that cause recurrent hot spots (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

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DateMay 31, 2021
CategoryMange
Pet Typenull
TopicDemodectic mange
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Question:

My now 4 year old pit bull was diagnosed with his mange condition before the age of 1. The vet put him on Brovecto. It appears to work sometimes and sometimes he has flare ups. Loosing large patches of hair on his sides and red itchy patches on his butt area, underbelly, chest, andrecently mouth. The vet wants to see him again. I don’t want to keep putting him through different medicines and chemicals. I just want him to stop itching. At this age do you think that his condition will ever be cured? Is it to late? Are flare ups normal, are they going to happen with any treatment?

Answer:

Often these dogs that have mange as puppies, have something else going on when they are adults (like allergies) so having your veterinarian recheck is ideal to see if something else is going on because the 2 conditions are treated entirely differently.

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DateApr 20, 2021
CategoryMange
Pet Typenull
TopicDandruff on fur
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Question:

Please fill this prescription for me . I can’t take Cash to vet . He’s too heavy for me to lift

Answer:

It has always been the case in veterinary medicine that a veterinarian that has met your pet face-to-face must legally approve a prescription, at least initially, so consult a vet that has met your pet and they may be able to do a telemedicine consultation with you to get that prescription to you.

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DateApr 12, 2021
CategoryMange
Pet Typenull
Topic3 dogs with mange
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Question:

What can I buy online that is effective for the mange I've tried home remedies they help but don't solve it and can't afford vet bills

Answer:

It depends on which kind of mange they have (demodectic vs sarcoptic). Since you have 3, I'm going to assume sarcoptic, which is contagious, so a lime sulfer dip may help. If they are related and it's demodectic mange, that dip won't help. Your veterinarian will have much better, stronger medication though, so it is ideal for them to see at least one of them.

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