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DateSep 4, 2022
CategoryMange
Pet TypeDog
TopicMange
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Question:

What is the best treatment

Answer:

There are two totally different kinds of mange (demodectic and sarcoptic) so I would need to know which one your dog has been diagnosed with to really make any recommendations.

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DateAug 27, 2022
CategoryMange
Pet TypeDog
TopicPuppy has red mange
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Question:

Can she be prescribed an antibiotic?

Answer:

In veterinary medicine, antibiotics require approval from a veterinarian that has met her face-to-face. Here is a direct link to our page about treating red mange, with both over-the-counter and prescription medication options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/mange-treatment-dog-cat-9.html

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DateJul 1, 2022
CategoryMange
Pet TypeCat
TopicCat keeps shaking head and biting cleaning herself from the scabies she contracted from me
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Question:

Will the Bravecto (fluralaner) topical solution work to kill mange infestation on my cat cause the paging says for fleas and ticks not mites

Answer:

While it is not labeled for mites in cats, it should help. Scabies is very rare in cats, so be sure of your diagnosis.

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DateJun 9, 2022
CategoryMange
Pet TypeCat
TopicHow to fix
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Hi My cat has lost all her hair on her lower stomach and some on one back leg … she’s been licking those spots a lot … her stomach is reddish pink and looks kinda scabby . No difference in food or environment.I read somewhere that mites might cause this. What do you think and how do I make it better.

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

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DateJun 9, 2022
CategoryMange
Pet TypeCat
TopicAlternative treatments for cats with demodex cati and positive for FIV
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My 15 year old male neutered cat has recently been diagnosed with demodex cati and positive for FIV. He is being treated with Revolution Plus and convenia. The mange appears to be spreading down his neck. If current treatment does not work, what other treatment options are there? Thank you

Answer:

Consult your veterinarian that has access to all of his records for the best advice, but Bravecto may be a good next choice. Here a link to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Bravecto+for+Cats-prod11762.html

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DateJun 9, 2022
CategoryMange
Pet TypeDog
TopicTreat mange with heart guard
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Question:

How many pills do I give a dog 21 lbs to treat mange

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Treating mange with heartgard would not be cost effective because it (ivermectin) is usually needed daily but it depends on the severity, so consult your veterinarian that diagnosed the mange for the best advice. Nexgard, BRavecto or Simparica might be a better alternative.

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DateJun 7, 2022
CategoryMange
Pet TypeDog
TopicMange and anxiety
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My dog has bad mange on his back he's very t Itchy and has bad anxiety. He is scared of most people, thunder and rain. He needs something for allergies too

Answer:

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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DateJun 1, 2022
CategoryMange
Pet TypeDog
TopicDog itching bad
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Question:

What can I do for my pet if he is it itchingband losing his gsir

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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DateApr 6, 2022
CategoryMange
Pet TypeCat
Topicscabie mites
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what can i use for scabie mites on my cats

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

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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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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?

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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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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.

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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.

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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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Question:

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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