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Old 11-21-2012, 02:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well Murphy got the last of her puppy shots today...Yayyy!! Last night I noticed that she had 2 small bare spots (one on a back leg & one on a front leg) so I questioned it this morning. They did some skin scrapings & came back telling me it's demodectic mange. I was told it's not contagious to either us, Pheona or Patch (our cat). She got her first injection of Dectomax today & I got appointments scheduled for the next 5 weeks with the last visit being to do follow up skin scrapings. I am curious if anyone else has pups that have had this & if so how often do you they have flare ups?? Thanks!!! I am very nervous over learning this.
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Dogs/pups with Demodectic mange have either a compromised immune system(dog) or an immune system that isnt fully mature yet(pups). Its called immunodeficient. There has been studies to show a good diet including raw, home cooked or even a high quality grain free kibble can help a lot to boost the immune system and keep the dog/pup in overall good health.

Mites feed on yeast living in the body, and systematic yeast feeds on nutritional yeast and sugar(carbs). So the best bet is NO WHEAT, OATS, CORN, BARLEY, POTATOES or yeast of any kind including brewers or nutritional yeast.

Also consider some immune stimulating herbs such as Astragalus, Burdock Root, Milk Thistle, or Echinacea
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Although I don't know much about this subject I just wanted to say that I hope it clears up for Murphy real soon!
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GoudasMom!!! Hub isn't keen on raw (I'm still working on that). She is currently on Blue Buffalo Lamb & Oatmeal. Just looked up and Blue has a Freedom (Grain Free line) so I think when we run later we will grab a bag of that for her. She has probably a weeks worth of her other food left so that will work with doing the gradual switch over. I don't want to upset her tummy on top of this.
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Great Im sure that will help her in the long run. Sometimes dogs/pups have set backs and a reaccurance, its ok just happens sometimes so you will know what to do if that ever happens good luck!
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Thank you again!!
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Personally I wouldnt treat for mange quite yet. If mange is localized it really doesnt require any treatment and will usually clear on its own. As Sue mentioned a quality grain free diet will help.

Localized cases can be treated with Neem Oil, Neem Shampoo and Supplements, which help boost the immune system. Animals with small, local lesions usually recover well without recurrence. Boosting the immune system and a change in diet to a more healthy food are also recommended.
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Well we got the grain free Blue Buffalo food (going to do the switch over gradually). I am wondering though if anyone can tell me some good grain free dog treats? Neither of our dogs get a lot of treats (only getting them when we have to kennel them or at bedtime). They can either be ones that I can buy in the stores or ones I can make as I love to bake. I'm looking at a food dehydrator as a Christmas gift (already told hubby that is what I want..so hopefully he listens & if not, I'll buy it after Christmas).
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Liam had this - well sorta still has it. They didn't do shots for him they did ivermectin. He's been on it for about 2 months now 1ML a day. His skin is finally clearing up. You can't really tell aside from one or two spots. It's been a long road but hopefully we're almost done now. It took them quite a while to even diagnose him because they that it was fungal at first - it wasn't. So instead of catching it early we were giving medicated baths prescribed by the doctor which weren't helping at all. Finally they figured it out. It takes a long time to clear up but he's a champ at thing medicine at this point. He's grown so accustomed to it.

It's a long wrong but it's not the worst road so I'm thankful for that. Hopefully you caught it early enough to where or won't be such a long process for you.


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We did put him on all grain free too. Treats included.


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