I raise miniature dachshunds and one of my 4 month old females is starting to get really pink on her belly and have what appear to be sores underneath her back legs and on her belly. Her hair is starting to get thin on her legs and on her head. I just wondered if you all had any ideas.
If you have a contract, you can contact the registry that she's a member of and complain about fraud. If you have no contract, you might still be able to do something, depending on the verbal nature of your contract. Regarding the puppy wtih the skin problems... sounds like demodectic mange to me. Take the dog to the vet and have them do a skin scraping to check for mange mites. A weakness ot demotectic mange mites is hereditary in nature. If the puppy is showing signs of it, she probably got the weakness/sensitivity to the mites from her mother or father. The mites are definitely from her mother, puppies get them when nursing, but usually the dogs natural immune system is enough to fight off serious effects. Nearly every dog has demodectic mange mites, it's just the vast majority of dogs have the immune systems sufficient ot fight it off.
Dachshunds are of course (as I'm sure you KNOW, being that you have the knowledge to BREED and all...) the breed most often known to have genetic acanthosis nigricans . Please education yourself about this- it sure sounds like you've got yourself a sick puppy (and at least one or two dogs who should be spayed/neutered as this IS a hereditory problem!). http://www.upei.ca/~cidd/Diseases/dermatology/acanthosis%20nigricans.htm
This dog has been a THORN in our side. The breeder sent us this dog and TWO days later it came down with PARVO...... Two other dogs in our kennel got it too. The day I picked up this puppy, I dropped off my older female in heat to breed. Now, I do have a contract signed from her in regards to the breeding on my older female to prove she is PAID and her stud did breed her. BUT this issue is that she raised the price of the puppy AFTER I had it due to the fact that she didn't want to get stuck paying half the vet bill and honoring her health guarantee. When I refused to pay, she decided that she would NOT sign the litter registration. Now, she wants to know exactly what puppies I had and all the specifics on it. She even prepared a litter registration for me and told me that when I paid her an additional $$$$ on the puppy and told her what all I had, that she would sign the registration. I do NOT think I should pay her the additional and it's NONE of her business what I had in my litter. And demodectic mange or sarcoptic mange is DEFINITELY a concern of mine. The pup is going to the vets tomorrow.
The skin in general is not dark and patchy. I was thinking demodex maybe as it is bright pink and hair is missing. She is also getting something that resembles pimples underneath her hind quarters and on her belly.
I also had a puppy that got hereditary mange. And the beginning symptoms where a lot like this. I would take your pup to the vet as soon as possible, because I didn't know what was wrong with Ranger until he already had it really bad, he lost all of his hair and was so sick and miserable I though he might die! it is easy to treat though the vet has to dip them for several weeks until it clears up. Also i can't remember if you siad you bred this pup your self or bought her, but if you own the parents and this does turn out to be hereditary mange, you should not breed those two dogs to each other again, if you bought the pup I probably wouldn't buy from that breeder again, because well sometimes dogs that have a lot of hereditary diseases are not really owned and bred by responsible owners, like me Ranger, I learned later that the local vet had told that breeder never to breed those two dogs and she did any way. Ranger had many many hereditary related diseases through out his life as a result and later died of one. So I would check into your pups background and have taken to the vet to confirm or deny if she has any hereditary problem and get her treatment as soon as possible if she does.
I actually bought this puppy from a breeder when it was 11 weeks old. I bought a litter mate to her also but got her when she was six weeks old. The breeder had Tigger (the one with skin issues now) sold and then the lady backed out. I went ahead and took her 5 weeks after I got her litter mate due to the fact that I was going to build her a website for half the payment of the dog. It has turned into a HUGE mess. She's going to the vet tomorrow to be scraped for Demodex but I am going to have to figure out what to do about her sister too.
Good luck! Hopefully if you catch it early it shouldn't be too bad, my puppy was so tiny and weak when we got him that he almost didn't make it through it, but a strong puppy should be fine. Even better yet I hope that is not even the problem, but if it is better get the sister checked too, over half the puppies in my dog's litter ended up getting it!
Demodex is not ALWAYS genetic, but is sometimes brought on by stress. It really bothers me seeing people getting bad advice. But then again, if you are breeding, you should know this stuff, right? Demodectic mange is caused by a mite, which all dogs (and humans) have on their bodies. It only becomes problematic when the immune system is compromised. Minor, localized cases are frequently seen around adolescence due to the hormones getting thrown out of whack. This is usually self curing-when the hormones stabilize, the problem goes away, usually never to return. Stress can also cause short term bouts of minor localized demodex. Far more serious is generalized demodex, which is caused by an ongoing problem with a compromised immune system. In these cases, the weak/faulty immune system can be the result of genetics... I had localized demodex in one of my future breeding girls. She was 6 or 7 months old when it popped up, just so happened right after her first heat cycle started. I knew if I was going to breed her I couldnt treat it because I would never know for sure if she fought it off or if the meds did. Luckily it never turned into generalized demodex or she would have had to been spayed on the spot. She has had one litter and no problems what-so-ever. Let us know what the vet has to say. To be honest it sorta sounds like demodex from your description, but without seeing it, its impossible to tell. With demodex the only thing you really see is thinning hair, in bad cases the skin gets puffy and pink and will bleed because of excessive scratching. Again, keep us updated!
I REALLY appreciate you all helping me out and giving me some sound counsel on this. My puppy is going to the vets at 1:30 tomorrow for her skin scraping to find out for sure if that is it. I will keep you posted and let you know what it is for sure. Thanks so much!!!!