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Post  Renee on 5/30/2010, 2:42 pm

What ya got for me? I think my foster Daisy may have mange. She has a few "unrelated" symptoms that I have not been able to put my finger on. I have a call in to the Vickie (head of polar pug rescue) to get the okay to make her an appointment.

She has had chronic ear infections since she came to rescue. I have cleared them up, only to have them come back! Although, not as bad as when she first came in. Her nose roll seems to be always irritated, and some of the skin in puffy, elephant like, not too bad though. She has two patchs, on the front of each front leg, where no fur in growing. One of the patches has gotten bigger. When I scratched one, it bled a little bit, but it isn't crusty or scabby.

I have had her on grain free for the last few weeks. I was doing raw feeding with her, but I switched to a complete grain free kibble only to see if I could isolate an allergy. So far, nothing solid.

Any advice? I know, I need to get her in to see the vet.
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Post  northernwitch on 5/30/2010, 9:48 pm

Depends on what type of mange it is. There's demodectic or red mange which isn't contagious, usually seen in puppies and very rarely in older dogs that are severely immune compromised. I treat it with ivermectin, if it's gone past the localized stage.

Sarcoptic mange is contagious. And your other dogs can catch it. It's treatable with a couple of applications of Revolution (or that's what I've used). If it's sarcoptic, all the dogs will need to be treated. It's essentially scabies.
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Post  northernwitch on 5/30/2010, 9:51 pm

Dog Mange Overview



A dog is the most favorite
pet of every household. That is why they are called man’s best friend
because they are one of the most loyal and obedient mammals on earth.
Owning a pet dog is adding another member in the family. For your pet
to have a happily domesticated life, you must always care for him. If
not attended to, they can be prone to illnesses and health conditions
we may not be aware of.
Speaking of illnesses, canines are prone to common skin problems
because of the presence of mites and other parasites that thrive in the
dog’s skin. Dog mange is a common skin disease in canines that is
characterized by heavy itching caused by parasitic mites that burrow
either on the skin or hair follicles of the dog.
This discomforting skin condition when worsened can lead to scaling
and scabbing of the skin. Generally, dog mange is common to dogs but
can also infect other mammals including humans. If your dog has this
kind of disease, attend to it immediately as this may infect other
members in the family.
There are two primary types of dog mange: Demodectic Mange and
Sarcoptic Mange. Both types differ in the kind of microscopic mite that
attacks the dog. Demodectic Mange, otherwise known as Red Mange, is
common among puppies from 3 to 12 months old. The mites, called Demodex
Canis, invade the dog’s skin and multiply easily causing the decrease
of the dog’s resistance.
The rapid increase of these mites in number usually happens when the
dog has a poor immune system and malnutrition problem. If not treated
right away, the mange can worsen and might cause the life of your pet.
If another animal is infested with this kind of skin disease, the
condition is called Demodicosis.
The second type of dog mange is the Sarcoptic mange which is also
caused by attacks of microscopic mites called Sarcoptes Scabiei Canis.
This condition is commonly called scabies which is not rare among dogs.
This kind of mange can be passed on to other animals.
Dog mange is a highly treatable disease upon the initial diagnosis
but can be life-threatening to your dogs if not identified right away.
Maintaining the health of your pet dog is one way of caring for him.
Your dog needs to be pampered, being a member of the household.
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Post  thminis on 6/17/2010, 12:38 am

Also to add that scabies is pretty highly zoonotic (can be passed between animals and humans) from what I've seen. I've seen a family of 5 humans and 2 dogs all have scabies. Whenever we have a case come into our office everyone who works with the pets pulls out the gloves and takes extra caution in aseptic techniques.
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