When brick was a pup he devoloped demodec mange. I took him into the vet, and she stated that it was due to an immune deficiency. We agreed on Mitabin treatments. Its not a fast process, and your pup will look much much worse before he/she looks better. So its best to know that going in. Once the treatment starts. It kills all the active mites in his skin. Anywhere there was a mite, the hair WILL fall out. future treatments will be done to kill the new mites that have appeared from hatched eggs. Eventually, this will get rid of them all. the hair will slowly return, and your pup will look as good as new.
A side note about mitabin treatments. It does effect their mood. So be prepared for perhaps a bit of unusual crankiness, and if you have other dogs, a bit of snapping and your dog wanting an area to theirself for 4-8 hours after the treatment. After that they pretty much go back to their normal happy selves. We allways joked that brick was mourning the loss of his mites, and needed some "quiet time" lol. its nothing serious, Mitabin really does help. I think Brick ended up with a total of 6-7 treatments over a couple month span to get him free and clear.
Thanks for the replies.
Bella is a rescue so her beginning treatment w/ mange is a bit sketchy. Supposedly the original owners treated her with mitaban but it returned, hence the surrender to thue rescue. The rescue group vet treated the demodex with Ivermectin & she had 2 clean scrapes before coming home to us. This new outbreak is just on her face & is not bad yet. I'm worried about potential side effects...the stuff is very strong. My hubby wore rubber gloves to apply the dip but some got on his skin & was burning Just makes me wonder & worry
Demodec mange can be the toughest to cure. Especially in older dogs. When it happens to puppies, its generally because they were taken from their mothers too soon. while sarcoptic mange is nasty, and transferable to humans, Once its cured its generally cured. Demodec mange since caused by an immune defficiency can by older dogs allways be aquired again. The mites are allways present, even on healthy dogs. Healthy dogs are just not affected by them.
If the mange continually reoccurs, a scheduled mitabin dip on a bi-weekly or monthly basis may be enough to keep them free and clear of mange for good. Although I cant recomend that, it would have to be something a vet would have to give clearance for.
We had a Rat Terrier who had Demodex mange issues...my vet did a mitoban dip, twice...all I can tell you is the stuff is SO toxic that she was lethargic for several days afterwards...and lethargic on a Rat Terrier is NOT NORMAL at all...they are very hyper...I later found some stuff through the local ranch and home store that they use on horses and livestock...it said it was okay to use on dogs and gave me a "dosage" per pound...I mixed the concentrate up and used a misting spray bottle...taking care with spraying a cloth to wipe on her face...it took two applications but her mange receded again...whenever I saw any sign of her developing it again, I would spray her again(mixed fresh)...it worked beautifully!
One other suggestion I have is that you should ask your vet about doing Ivermec injections. We have gone to using the injections on a weekly basis (it usually takes 5 to 6 shots to clear) vs using dips. It works faster and has less side effects such as major hair loss and scratching. When we use dips, we use taktic dip for red mange instead of Mitoban....All vets/states seem to be different on what they use, but it is worth asking about....
Zoie had it real bad for about 9 months. Its was a pain to get rid of and very costly. We RUFUSED to do the dip. We were told it was kida like an acid eating at there skin. Shes been fine for about a year and a half now. Good luck and let us know how its going.....