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Dog Mange - This condition is not an allergy & can be fatal so don't treat it lightly

Mange is such a nasty disease and if left untreated may make your dog so sick you will have a tough choice to make.

Canine Mange & Treatment

I know of a litter of puppies that had mange for so long that 4 out of the 10 were put down.  It broke my heart because I knew these little guys and I was just shocked at what happened because of runaway Mange.

All dogs carry the mites that cause Mange.

Mange is a painful condition caused by mange mites. Mange is contagious and is spread by contact from infested to non-infested dogs.

Canine Mange is related to the human skin disease called scabies.

Usually the dogs immune system can handle the mites but sometimes the immune system is compromised and when this happens the signs of Mange usually involve hair loss, crusty, red skin and greasy or moist appearance. The mites that cause Mange like to live in the hair follicles.  This results in hair loss, one of the first signs of Mange.   Usually, hair loss begins around the head. In localized mange, a few circular crusty areas will be noted, most frequently around the muzzle.  Other parts of the dogs body will be the underside of the body and under the leg of the dog where it meets the body.  Moist areas as near the tail, under arms and around the ears are places where mange can be found.  I have seen mange all over the body with scabs covering areas where the mite has burrowed into the skin to lay her eggs.

Most of these lesions will self heal as the puppies become older and develop their own immunity. Persistent lesions will need treatment that will be described later. In cases in which the whole body is involved, there will be areas of hair loss over the entire coat, including the head, neck, abdomen, legs, and feet. The skin along the head, side, and back will be crusty and oftentimes inflamed. It will often crack and ooze a clear fluid.

Ear Mange

Ear mange is common among dogs. The mites do not burrow in the skin but live deep in the ear canal and feed on skin. The resulting irritation causes the ear canal to become swollen. The dog may rubs its ears and shake its head to relieve the itching.

Dogs with generalized Mange need immediate vigorous treatment.

You have to be vigilant with the treatment and it takes a lot of work to make sure the medicine is applied on a regular schedule.

TREATMENT

While sarcoptic mange is difficult to diagnose definitively, it is fairly easy to treat and a number of choices are available.

DIPPING - Antibacterial or anti-itch shampoos should be done before you you use one of several anti-mite dips. Parasite dip, Mitaban dip, and Lime-Sulfur dips given weekly are usually effective. Disease typically improves within one month. Dips are often used in combination with one of the other treatments listed below.

SELAMECTIN (REVOLUTION®) - Selamectin is an ivermectin derivative recently marketed for the control of fleas, roundworms, hookworms, ticks, ear mites and sarcoptic mange mites. Normal monthly use of this product should prevent a sarcoptic mange problem but to clear an actual infection studies show an extra dose is usually needed after 2 weeks for reliable results. This product is probably the best choice for Collie or Australian shepherd breeds. ‘

One word of warning if using dips from the vet.  Do not over do or use it more than what the vet recommends.  These medications are very toxic and one of them is not recommended or approved by the FDA so why are some vets still prescribing them?  Get another vet.

Folk Remedies

A folk cure for dog mange is to mix a 1% hydrogen peroxide solution with water and add borax. Dissolve thoroughly. Wash the dog with it once a week. Do NOT WASH THE solution left on the dog with ANY WATER. Do not wipe the dog dry. The solution will take effect on mange. The treatment period should not be longer than a month or two. The dog will tolerate this well as the treatment is painless. Use only with a Vet’s approval.

  • 1/3 cup Bragg organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups of warm water
  • 1/2 cup Borax 20 mule team variety at the market (not boric acid!!)

Have handy a plastic bowl. Put 1/2 cup of borax in bowl, now put 1½ to 2 cups of warm water in the bowl and mix it very well with a spoon. Not all of it will dissolve and lots of it will settle on the bottom of the bowl. This is normal, because you are supersaturating the solution itself. Now add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar to the bowl and mix well.

Wash the dog in an antibacterial shampoo and dry him until he is slightly damp.  Then massage in the Borax mixture and leave it on the dog.  Do not dry the dog or use a towel.  You want as much of this solution to stay on the dog as long as possible.  Borax is used in some foods so it is safe.

Walk your dog around until the solution has dried on his skin.

Wash all bedding and even confine your dog to a sterile area until he is better.

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