My puppy was diagnosed with genetic mange about 5 weeks ago, and has undergone weekly shots and been on antibiotics since then. She doesn't seem to be getting better, her skin is flaking and she smells terrible, no matter how often she is bathed. The vet says we'll try another month of shots, then maybe dipping, but will she ever get her hair back and look normal again?
Demodex mange is pretty nasty sutff. But they look worse before they look better. But yes, eventually the hair does grow back and the skin does go back to normal with treatment, but its pretty unplesant for the duration.
I bathe her about 3 times a week in puppy shampoo, and even after she gets out she still isn't very pleasant smelling. Am I bathing her too much, and do you know of anything else at all I can bathe her in? My father-in-law insists that motor oil is the way to go, but I told him he was crazy, that's terribly dangerous for her. He is still trying to dunk her in it. I am keeping him FAR away from her. If he get to her and dunks her, will that kill my puppy? She's an adorable pure bred beagle, that just happens to currently look like a opossum.
Overbathing a dog in shampoo can be really bad for a dog's coat. Their fur isn't like human hair, and doesnt' need to be washed so many times. Demodex mange is indeed pretty nasty, and the lack of immunity to the mange mites that cause it is hereditary. So yes, you may be best off getting both the male and female dogs you have spayed/neutered. Or at least never breeding them to each other again, and the best way to prevent that is by altering one or both of them.
Have you tried putting a teaspoon of flax seed oil, or a caplet of the same, into the food ever day? It really helps with coat regeneration and conditioning.
As an aside, I saw in another post, you breed' mini beagles?' What the heck is a mini beagle, and whats wrong with the normal sized ones
Absolutely nothing is wrong with regular size beagles! We just happened to have had two miniture beagles bought for us, about a year apart, by our son. They are just smaller than regular size beagle, but in my opinion, not by that much, as we also have a beautiful regular size beagle. We don't actually breed the beagles, not for sale or anything, but rather, let them breed because they are both so beautiful and such good hunters that we had several friends request puppies, and since we never had puppies and love dogs so much, we let them breed. I don't want another puppy, however, to go through what my puppy is going through. Although she doesn't seem sick, and is still rather playful, I know she must be miserable, as far as her skin goes. Where can I find that oil to put in her food? I really appreciate your taking the time to fill me in, as I've never heard of this disease until this puppy. I did want to clarify that we only bred them this once, and aren't exposing more puppies to this disease, which is why I wanted to know if we should have them fixed, which we will. Until then, they're separated.
***Edited By: cuba86 on 4/7/2005 8:01:08 PM*** Reason: Clarification
Hi, My dog was diagnosed with that also and what we used that worked within a week and has not come back is Pierce's NU-STOCK mixed with Avon's SKIN SO SOFT make a paste then smear it on the area's where the hair loss is. Beleive it or not (I was not a beleiver) it works! Treat it until it goes away and hair grows back. I know it sounds weird but I am so happy we didn't have to go to the extremes of shots. The vet wanted to do what yours did with the shots etc. I didn't want to put her through that. So I went to a feed store and I was told to use that. Good luck I hope you try it.
Since this post has been ressurected and the OP never did get an answer to the motor oil question.... I just wanted to state for future readers of this thread that YES MOTOR OIL WILL KILL A PUPPY if used in a manner to treat Demodex mange or any other skin issues
I just replied to another post from a user whose dog was suffering from mange. Below is a link to a good post about treating and preventing mange. It is off of the website where I buy my dog's supplements. Their supplements are really great for the skin and coat so their site has a lot of information on skin conditions like hot spots and mange. The information is very good and should leave you hopeful that the mange will get better. Better yet, there is much you can do to make sure it doesn't come back!
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