Hi all, We got a 2nd rat terrier (Charcoal) about 3 wks ago, less than a week into his being here after his initial vet appointment he started loosing hair around his eyes. By the time we had his follow up appointment the next week he was loosing hair on his head, neck and face. The vet did a skin scraping and said he had mange/mites, and showed them to me on the microscope. He is a big fat sweet puppy born in Aug 04, and was a rescue we took in........ So, the vet who also works with holistic medicine loaded us up with salves, a cream pesticide and powder nutrients to put on his food....... It has been a week and now he is going bald on his chest, legs and belly!!!!!!!!!! Our vet said this condition is due neglect and a poor immune system and that he will continue to lose hair and we can expect anywhere from a full recovery to lapses thru his life???????????????????????? Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am so sorry to hear that...I am kind of surprised though, that the vet gave you such a broad recovery period...I'm not sure if that is normal practice. But if your dog has mange...and the test came out positive that it is that..then the creams or whatever it is that the vet gave you, should clear it up in a matter of weeks. There wouldn't be a guess of "now until whenever" I would get a second opinion..although I am not a vet and could be totally wrong, but obviously that sounds terrible! The poor RT!! :o(
There are two types of mange- what your puppy likely has is relatively common, and in fact, is NOT contagious. All dogs have demodectic mites- they get them from their mothers. But puppies who inherit a genetic susceptibility to them, and dogs with compromised immune systems- allow the mites to get the better of them and "mange" errupts.
Demodectic mange generally clears up as a puppy age and their immune system strengthens. He may be a little "ugly" for awhile- but he should recover fully. Just keep him healthy!
Just after we rescued our Dalmatian, she developed hair loss. The vet said it was stress related, I can't remember the name she gave us, but it was temporary.
Poor Spotty lost a lot of hair, she was pure pink on her chest and one side. It must have been caused by the stress of moving her from Florida to Michigan, then changing owners so soon after her long trip.
Am happy to report that her hair all grew back and I no longer have a pink and white Dalmatian with black spots. She never developed that hair loss again, thank goodness. I was worried that she would get sun-burned with all that pink skin showing.
Boonedog, I think I would find another vet. What this vet has told you is not sound advice. Scout is right about the Ivermectin. I just went through and now am on the down side of this creepy mange stuff. The dog I got scammed for had Sarcoptic mange. It then spread to some of my other dogs. Sarcoptic mange is very contagious, and humans can get it. My vet told me that while Sarcoptic mange is contagious Dermodectic is much harder to get rid of. Especially, if it is untreated. Just the idea of these creepy mites gives me the shivers.