07-25-2017, 09:46 PM
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Actually, if it is the contagious form of mange, the amitraz dip is not the treatment usually recommended, and even if it is the form of mange for which amitraz dips are indicated, many vets are moving away from recommending the Mitaban dip in favor of newer/different treatment methods which may be safer or more effective. If this were my dog, having seen quite a few dogs who have been dipped with Mitaban, and having personally dipped a few dogs in it (at my workplace, we wear long sleeved waterproof clothes, gloves, eye protection, and have a ventilation fan running to do an amitraz dip, as you're supposed to avoid contact of it with your skin/eyes, and the fumes can also be harmful- and you're covering your dog in this chemical repeatedly!), I would avoid it in favor of other treatment methods if at all possible. Dogs can have reactions to the dip itself, or can have secondary infections that can complicate treatment, either of which could make the dog quite ill. Also, without skin scraping to check for the presence of live mites, you would have no idea when it is appropriate to stop treatment. I wouldn't use it without knowing for certain that my dog actually had a condition which required that treatment, as it's not a benign thing. This is a situation where it will absolutely be worth your money to have the vet diagnose and recommend treatment, rather than just guessing and hoping.
You might get in touch with the shelter she came from- they may either have noticed the areas of hair loss and done some diagnostics on them already, or might be willing to do so if they have on staff or work with a veterinarian. Most shelters are all too aware of the risk of contagious disease, and take precautions to identify and isolate potentially contagious animals. If your vet does find something potentially contagious, I'm sure they would like to know as well so they can take the proper actions with others who may have been in contact with her.