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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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Question:

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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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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DateMar 20, 2021
CategoryMange
Pet Typenull
TopicComfort for Mange
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Question:

I am fostering a puppy with very severe demodex mange. I can do a benzoyl peroxide shampoo in 3 days, and she gets Cephalexin 2x/day. She may have had some type of treatment at the Humane Society yesterday when they got her. I'd there anything I can do in the meantime to make her more comfortable? Can I use any antibiotic creams, or olive oil, or anything for the open bleeding sores and dryness? Or a t-shirt? Or any supplements for her food ? Or better just left as is?

Answer:

The shampoo and cephalexin are probably all she needs right now as long as they did treat her with something for the mange mites (like Nexgard or Bravecto or ivermectin, etc.). Here is a link to our article about treating demodectic mange: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/mange-treatment-dog-cat-9.html

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DateMar 9, 2021
CategoryMange
Pet Typenull
TopicMini pig
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2 mini pigs that both are outdoor pigs living in Florida. They both are developing flaky itchy skin and I'm worried it may be mites. What product can be given to remedy this? Is it something that can be purchased at tractor supply/feed store or do I need a script? (Because there are no vets within 200 miles of me that see pigs.

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

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DateFeb 8, 2021
CategoryMange
Pet Typenull
TopicScapic mange mites
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I have 2 little chihuahuas. 4 and 6 months old. I been using 5 x flea drops for couple months helps for couple days .and I put coconut oil ribs on them. They have these little red mites all over them .not loosing hair just look like have bad case dandruff. I need help please.

Answer:

I recommend either Nexgard or Bravecto - it is labeled for fleas and ticks but kills mites as well. Your "5x flea drops" won't help mange at all.

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DateFeb 6, 2021
CategoryMange
Pet Typenull
TopicScapic mange mites
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I have 2 little chihuahuas. 4 and 6 months old. I been using 5 x flea drops for couple months helps for couple days .and I put coconut oil ribs on them. They have these little red mites all over them .not loosing hair just look like have bad case dandruff. I need help please.

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The only flea products that help kill mange mites are Nexgard, Bravecto and Simparica, so use one of those.

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DateJan 31, 2021
CategoryMange
Pet Typenull
TopicTreatment
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Hello, I am pretty sure that my cat has mange and I am unsure how to go about treating it. At first I thought it was the stress of a new environment causing hair loss. Then the itching started to increase as well as the grooming. I checked for fleas and found none. The skin does not seem to be dry or scaly. Her face is not puffy or oily. No other animals in either households she lived has mange so she may have gotten it outside. I hope this information helps in some way.

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

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DateJan 15, 2021
CategoryMange
Pet Typenull
TopicDemodex mites
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How do I use tea tree oil on my dog to kill demodex mites?

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Tea tree oil does not help demodectic mange. Here is our article on various treatments for demodectic mange - it is old, so there are even more ways to treat it now including some of the newer flea and tick medications like Nexgard: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/mange-treatment-dog-cat-9.html

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DateDec 30, 2020
CategoryMange
Pet Typenull
Topicscabies
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Can my dog get scabies? What treatment is there for this?

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Yes, we call it Sarcoptic mange in them. Over-the-counter products don't work nearly as well as prescription, so seeing your veterinarian is ideal. Some of the newer flea and tick products cover mange like Nexgard and Bravecto. Here is a good article about it, written by another veterinarian from a site that I trust: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4951492

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DateDec 30, 2020
CategoryMange
Pet Typenull
TopicPrescription
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Question:

I met with one of your affiliated vets for a prescription over the weekend and I was never contacted to get our Nexgaurd. Please help

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A veterinarian that has met your dog face-to-face has to prescribe the Nexgard, so in checkout, fill in that veterinarian and/or company when it asks for your veterinarian. I am just a veterinarian answering medical questions for the site, so contact customer service if you continue to have problems. Here is their contact information: Toll Free Number (Call or Text) 1-800-PetMeds® (1-800-738-6337) Email Address customerservice@1800petmeds.com

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DateDec 21, 2020
CategoryMange
Pet Typenull
TopicNever clears completely
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Bea is a rescue we've had for about 18 months or so. It seems that we are constantly dealing with it. She is always perscribed antibiotics and prednisone which sucks for a number of reasons. I hate using a cone but she will literally try a rip her skin off. She is an amazing dog and due to Covid I am not able to take her back and forth at $200 and sometimes more for vet costs. They keep giving her the same meds etc. Please offer a solution. A friend recommended Ivermictin from Tractor Supply but I'm mot sure how to dose her. Any suggestions???

Answer:

It sounds more like she has allergies if your veterinarian prescribed prednisone. Prednisone is usually contraindicated with mange. Ivermectin helps mange but would not help allergies at all and could potentially be toxic and hurt so I would not recommend that. Consult the veterinarian for a diagnosis so you know what you are treating. 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 this article but here is a link to our article about treating allergies which starts by discussing "avoiding allergens" and lists many over-the-counter and prescription treatment options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergy-treatment-dog-cat-9.htm

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DateOct 20, 2020
CategoryMange
Pet Typenull
TopicMange treatment duration
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Question:

Dog is getting metronidazole for demodex mites treatment 10mg per lbs twice daily. How long the treatment should last?

Answer:

Metronidazole does not treat demodectic mange. It is usually used for gastrointetinal problems, so maybe your dog had this as well. Let me know what else your dog was given (some of the newer flea & tick medications help mange like Nexgard and Bravecto).

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