I have a 6mnth old border collie/ blue heeler mix, he's the sweetest thing. I took him to the vet because he was knawing on one side of his body till he had no hair, the vet said he had these type of mange mites, that could be cured if we gave him some medicine, then it turned into another kind of medicine, then it turned into he would have to wear a lampshade for the next 6 mnths so he would not chew on himself. I was a little upset so I started giving him over the counter benadryl thinking that it might help stop the itching, It has, more than any of the medicines that the vet gave him, and the best part he doesn't wear the lampshade anymore!! but my question is if I keep giving him this benadryl will it have longterm effects on him, Will it cause heart problems, or liver failure?
My grandmas vet reccomended it every day in her shar peis allergie saeason. That usually lasts a couple months. You have to weigh the benefit anyway. If the dog is miserable without it and nothing else helps it may be better to give anyway. Have you tried a skin specialist?
I assume you are talking about demodectic mites? Or scarcopic? The itch is secondary, you really need to kill the mites, then he should quit itching. If its demodectic have you tried the dip? Also keep worming with the ivermectin to kill the actual mites (but be careful not to poision his system with it). If it's demodectic the theory is an immune problem, have you tried to do anything to boost his immune system? Maybe a steriod or antiboitics? What about calimine (sp) lotion topically? This also may be a reoccuring problem for the rest of his life. good luck.
Well, I can't too much more to what alliecat said. Benedryl is safe to give over long periods of time, but if the dog has a mange mite then you really need to get rid of it to cure the problem. Demodectic mange is what I'm guessing based on his age. It usually is most commonly found in puppies. Most commonly I've seen it treated with mitaban dips, but recently they've started using ivermectin to treat it with good results. You will need to get the specific doses and strengths from your vet. It may take a while to actually cure the mite, but once its gone the itching should go away. I've heard of them too getting a bacterial infection on top of the mite, in which case they prescribe antibiotics. Poor baby! It sounds like he has a bad case of it! They look so pittiful in those "lampshades" as you call them....I hope he's feeling better soon!