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Hello everyone,

Our dog Rowdy went for his 2nd set of boosters, and to have his pyoderma looked at; he's been on antibiotics for about 10 days. The infection is looking better, but it hasn't cleared up yet. I asked the vet about this and the fact that he scratches a lot, and we are concerned it could be allergies and wanted to know what the appropriate does for a 9 week old puppy would be of Benadryl. She then says that they want to treat for Sarcoptic Mange, because they believe that the pyoderma could have been caused by this. When they diagnosed him, they did a skin tape and scrape, and the only thing they found was the Staph. (I'm also aware of how innacurate scrapings are and how few cases of mange actually test positive for the mite)

I'm not terribly upset by this, since I understand it is fairly easy to get rid of, and he was given a does of Ivermectin last night and goes back in two weeks for another does. What bothers me is about the time all of this started he was given a does of Sentinel, Ivermecitn, and it is supposed to prevent the mite from infecting the dog. Also, no other animal in our house or neighborhood has this, and we haven't shown any symptoms. Trust me we are in constant contact with Rowdy, and if anything my husband and should have experienced some itching.

I've also read that most dog allergy specialists won't even consider a referal until the dog has undergone treatment for Saracoptic Mange, since these cases aren't diagnosed correctly normally. I guess I'm posting today to see if I'm just in denial, since the time line doesn't seem to add up. I'm also thinking that since Rowdy's hasn't been with his mother since he was 2 days old that his immune system is still not where it should be and he might be more succeptible to this kind of infection. I know we've treated him like the little dog in the bubble for the last 2 months. I would love to hear you opinions on this, since everything I have read on this forum has given me great insight.  

Susan
 

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Sorry Rowdy is having problems and wish I could help with the mange question; sure that Sharon will be able to shed some light on this for you.  Not sure about the allergy specialist but I don't remember hearing anything on the forum about treating for mange before going to an allergy specialist.  Are you adding fish oils to his food to help build his immune system?
 

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I have a question about Ivermectin. Our Stella has Demodectic mange and we are using a shampoo to clean the areas and then an ointment that looks like peanut butter. The Vet wants to use Ivermectin, But I have read that i is not FDA approved and can be lethal. Any suggestions?
 

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Here is what I understand about Ivermectin. It can be fatal in dogs with the gene mutation, and these dogs are normally the herding dogs such as Australian Sheppards and Collies. Boxers do not fit into this group. The FDA hasn't approved Ivermectin for this use, but it has been successfully used for several years to treat manges. If I were you I would talk to the Vet and express your concerns; I did and decided to go through with the treatment. Even though I don't believe he has the mange.

In fact, we are going back today to the Vet because the itching is as bad as ever and there hasn't been any change. Skin problems are terrible, and I know he is miserable. Hopefully we can figure it out. I hope Stella gets well soon; she is a gorgeous puppy :D
 

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Oh ok. I did some research and read the same thing about the herding group. It seems to be specific to Colies and Shepards. Stells mange is not bad (yet). She has 4 spots about the sizze of a dime or nickel but is not scratching or nipping at them.
 

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Liquid Ivermetcin can be fatal and can cause severe internal injuries if given in dosages about the receommend dosage for what ever strength you have.  I use it for heartworm preventitive but am VERY careful on the dosages.
 

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I think the pill form to treat Mange is a different dosage level than the liquid.  The pills IMO would be easer to control since they are already in proper dosage.   Where as the liquid you administer out of a siringe.  I am sure Sharon will be much more help on this than me:)
 
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