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Benji is 16 year old shih Tzu boy. Other than on long term med (Fortekor) for high blood pressure & showing signs of vestibular disease on some days, jijiboy is fine.
The high blood pressure & vestibular disease was diagnosed 2 years ago, shortly after our 16 years old maltese boy, Snowy Sim, left us.
Benji has separation anxiety & when he became blind it was worst as he get panic if couldn't sense us around.
He's never left alone now as we didn't want to cause him any stress which is bad for his blood pressure.
Benji's on 2 meals/day home cook, with banana & Dole papaya as treats and few slurps of Mac vanilla ice cream on weekends.

During the past year, we have been battling with demodex. Due to jijiboy's age, we rejected oral med & refused to apply amitrax. Our vet prepare a mixture (oridermy,ivormec,antifungal,lanolin,salcura) which after checking with several vets whom all feel relatively safe, we applied sparingly on the affected area 2xs/day.

2 weeks into the application, benji had seizure 1 early am & was rushed to emergency. Blood test showed all ok & he was conscious at the hospital so we brought him home. He had another seizure later that morning & we took him to see 1 of our regular vets but had no idea reason for the seizure. As precaution, we stopped the lotion & monitored him closely. Lucky jijiboy recovered from the demodex not long after.

Few months later, the demodex attacked with vengeance & jijiboy's back was oozing blood & covered with scabs. One of our vets recommended a new product, Mite Avenge, which he touted as natural and safe. We consulted with several other vets but none heard of this product. We heard several senior dogs were using this product with no ill effect so finally we tried it. Instead of applying all over body & leave in, we applied on affected areas & washed off after 4-5 hours. Slowly, benji recovered but his skin was extremely dry & flaky so we dab olive oil (cooking kind since he can eat should have no problem with topical).

The demodex return 3rd time this year, this time on his paws & tails. Most of our vets already ran out of idea how to help. 1 of them suggested to build benji's immune system by giving cordyceps. Another vet suggested to take med (long term) for hypothyroidism as could be 1 of the cause for the poor immune system. I haven't started him on any cause yet as worried of side effects.

Benji is terrified of bathing so we tried to minimize /speed up bath time but this demodex with the application of the solution is stressful to him as we need to wash off thoroughly to avoid allergies. The seizure was really scary & we are careful of what we use nowadays. We noticed when he became stress, jijiboy will start to tilt his head to 1 side, his eyes will move rapidly & dizziness set in which is related to vestibular disease.

Would greatly appreciate if someone can provide some advice/experience with this demodex issue.

Thank you
sera, SnB
 

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You might try healthy clay. I have used it for many things over the years and it does work and its not toxic. I would make a paste and rub over the infected areas and leave it on for a hour or so then wash of. On open sores leave it on it creates its own sort of bandage.
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Hydrated clay works wonders for many different skin ailments of animals including mange, cuts, abrasions, rashes and hot spots. Made into a poultice and applied directly to the skin, the clay acts as an analgesic, and quickly reduces pain and itching. It speeds the healing process by pulling out bacteria that can cause infection or rash. It reduces the chance of scar tissue development. In addition, if the animal licks off the clay, it is non-toxic and perfectly safe!
https://earthslivingclay.com/1702/heal-your-pet-naturally-with-calcium-bentonite-clay/
 

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I think you really need to change his diet. Diet has a tremendous effect on the health of the skin, and you should see results quite soon with a change to a better diet.

Please stop immediately with the fruit, ice cream etc..!! Dogs have absolutely no need for all those carbs, and it is very detrimental to the health of the skin. Much harder for dogs to handle than humans. You will want him on a diet that is as low in carbs as possible, and very high quality protein and fats. Unfortunately almost all "home cooked" meals are deficient in needed nutrients and not well balanced.

The absolutely best diet would be a raw diet, and even very old animals can be switched with great success to a raw diet. A pre-ground commercial raw (found frozen at high quality pet food stores) would be ideal. Since he is a small dog, it would not be terribly expensive or difficult. Raw food has a lot of nutrients that are very beneficial for skin and coat health. His coat would be completely renewed in about 3 weeks. To whatever diet you go with, also add the omega-3 oils, which your vet should be able to set you up with.

If you can't stomach the idea of a raw diet, a freeze-dried food would be almost as good. Not cheap, but absolutely worth it to turn your dogs health around. Hopefully you can get to the point that all those medicines and bathing are not at all necessary. Healthy dogs rarely needs baths--my dog is completely clean and smells great, and he hasn't had a bath in almost a year.
 
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