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Old 08-29-2011, 09:08 AM
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Mange that doesn't want to go away.

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My 8 month old jack russel/chihuahua mix has a good (bad?) patch of mange over her shoulder. Vet did a biopsy and confirmed it was just mange and prescribed some spray. Did the spray and it's still there. Called the vet again, and they "suggested" I drop her off early again for another possible biopsy. I'm working graveyard right now and it kills me to have to stay awake until 9am when the vet opens, and have to manage to get some sleep while stressing out about my pup being sedated again, only to have to wake up and go get her at 4pm (and work at 10pm that night..). I feel like such a bad owner not being able to get the care she needs..

I've heard that sometimes mange goes away on its own after a dog has "grown up" some? I feel so bad about not being able to take care of her properly and it irritates me that they wont just prescribe me the shampoo for her instead of making me jump through hoops.

Least.. it doesn't seem to bother her. She doesn't itch or chew the patch.
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Is it demodex or sarcoptic?
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demodex. She's had it for months now. Doesn't seem to be getting larger or smaller.
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I used to work at the SPCA so we had lots of demodex pups come in...it generally took a few weeks to start getting negative skin scrapings, so as long as the spot isn't growing I wouldn't be too concerned because as you said, pups tend to grow out of it as the immune system matures. We always put our dogs on ivermectin (antiparasitc med) and did medicated baths. Generally the dogs we saw had pretty bad cases so they were getting baths daily and various rounds of antibiotics. I can't remember the brand of shampoo we used, but I would ask your vet what they would suggest and how often you should wash the area. I also thought most vets prescribed ivermectin for mange, so I would definitely inquire about that as well. Hope that helps.
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Demo can take a very long time to fix. Chili had at least 4 months of daily ivermectin and kiwi's treatment was longer as it returned. Be patient or ask for a different treatment

One thing I learned is to not "check" for the mites so often. Its not ness. If the hair is still gone, its safe to presume they are still there. The constant skin scrapes will tramatize your dog as they are very painful. My dog will now flat out attack a vet if hes restrained due to the bad experiences as a puppy. So be careful
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I would try healing clay you just make a paste and put it on and let it dry. I use zeo force. Parasites are not supposed to be able to live in its presents. You can add 1 teaspoon to drinking water or food, for internal cleaning or apply to skin its good inside and out. I have used it myself and for my dogs.
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One thing I learned is to not "check" for the mites so often. Its not ness. If the hair is still gone, its safe to presume they are still there. The constant skin scrapes will tramatize your dog as they are very painful. My dog will now flat out attack a vet if hes restrained due to the bad experiences as a puppy. So be careful
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Its traumatic on me too! I took her in originally for her last set of puppy shots and they asked to keep her for the day and sedate her. I was a wreck for the entire rest of the day. Was not expecting my little one to be at the vet all day, put to sleep, and stuck with a needle. I was on edge all day- had my phone Velcro-ed to me. When I picked her up, they said she cried a lot before being sedated. She didn't do too well with the sedation either. Shes so little, she was falling asleep while trying to piddle outside. I felt so bad for her.
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I just called and made an appt for her for one of my days off. They quoted me $145 for the exam, skin scrapings & the "dip". I really hope they don't push the skin scrapings on me. I already paid $170 a few weeks back for the skin scrapings, exam, shots and the spray. I'm not made of money Hopefully they'll look at her and prescribe the "dip" they keep talking about.


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I would try healing clay you just make a paste and put it on and let it dry. I use zeo force. Parasites are not supposed to be able to live in its presents. You can add 1 teaspoon to drinking water or food, for internal cleaning or apply to skin its good inside and out. I have used it myself and for my dogs.
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I love all natural remedies. I'm actually a chemist by profession so I love seeing Nature do what I can't. I will look into this and try it. Thank you so much for the advise!
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No no no no dip!! Please. My vet says dogs often die from the dips! My pit was getting dips at the shelter and it made her very ill! Can you get a second opinion at another hospital?
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I will keep that in mind! If they suggest the dip, I'll try to get her into another vet immediately. The spot of mange isn't that big so hopefully they wont go to that extreme length. I've taken my 3 year old dog to this vet and haven't had any problems with him or his staff so far, which is why I have kept coming back. But if they are going to prescribe a treatment that might kill my dog over a silver dollar size spot of fur missing- i'll take her care else where. She is only maybe about 10lbs so I really don't want anything on her that was making a pit bull ill!

Thank you so much for the words of warning!! I do not want my puppy sick or even worse- dead!
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