Ok- here is the deal. I am building a house (very big YAY- I may actually be able to walk down the street in the new neighborhood- right now I just live in a 'hood complete with shootings a block away) But here is the thing- the builder, a super nice guy- has a little sweet terrier and she has some patchy fur on her legs - at the last house there was a dog hanging around that I know without a doubt was definitely mangy, so he may be aware and be doing something about his own dog, but- he is going to be bringing his little girl to our house every day, and she is going to be all over and inside and everywhere. Can/will my dogs get it later on? When we move in?
I have read that Revolution controls some mange mites- should I switch? I think it is Demodex, not Sarcoptic. She doesn't act very itchy.
Telling him he can't bring his little girl is not an option. This guy loves his dog as much as any of us love ours, and like I said, he may be treating her already. It is just something I am now concerned about.
Hope, I am deleting posts on older threads from a spamming troll last night. That is going to cause this thread to slide down. If you can give it another 20 miuntes or so, then bump this one so it's back at the top, I'm sure Scout will catch it when she gets home from work.
Yes it would help to know exactly what kind it is. As I said, I THINK it is Demodex, but I am not totally sure. I asked the vet yesterday about this, and he thinks I shoudl just tell the guy to not bring the dog, well, if I told him that he would just not build the house! So that is not a good option. Maybe it is D and not S, and everything will be ok. Vet did say the mites don't live long in the environment, so maybe if I get the house built and then his part is done and other guys are coming doing the painting and carpet and tile, and other thingys before we move in, maybe that will be long enough for the mites to die?
I wouldn't let the dog in my house unless I knew what his condition was. Ask him if it's mange and what kind. Mange is caused by a parasite and it's not very picky. It will get dogs and people. Unless you want to be itching for weeks, I wouldn't let that thing near me (not being mean just honest).
I mean, what do ya do? I am going with, "possibly treat the dogs for mange" It stinks to not be able to go for a walk. I want my kid to be able to ride her bike and not have to worry as much. I want to not be fat- I don't go out for walks anymore and I weigh more than I have weighed in years. I hate it.
I can't tell him to not bring the dog. If he doesn't bring the dog, he doesn't bring himself, either, and the house won't build itself.
What I need to know is- how long do those mites live in the environment, that is, with no host dogs? If I put my dogs on Revolution, will it help keep them from getting it?
As for protecting your dogs you could temporarily switch to Revolution. It takes care of sarcoptic mange, the one that is contagious to humans and other dogs. This way whether its demodexx or sarcoptic it won't matter, your dog will be protected. Then I would have the house thoroughly exterminated, cleaned, carpets shampooed before you move in. Even if the mites have already died off it will at least give you peace of mind knowing the hosue is bug free! I think that's what I would do if I was in your situation. Do make sure you exterminate after you shampoo, otherwise the shampoo will take up the bug spray. Good luck. And congrats on your new house! :)
I think what I will do is this- I will keep my dogs at home, and let the house get built. I will call the exterminator to come after any tile or hard floors are laid, but before carpet is down (this way I can skip getting any carpet shampooing done). I want to have the yard treated for fire ants and fleas and ticks anyway. I will get Revolution on them all before we move, and the builder should have been done for almost a month, I think, before we will be moving anyway.
It still looks more like Demodex than Sarcoptic (thanks for the links Scout!) We do see Demodex sometimes around here in adult dogs, usu. when in adults they are being fed a very cheap and presumably not particularly nutritious food. I will start my guys on Missing Link and keep with my regular feeding regimine that they seem to thrive on already. Perhaps that will help as well.
I do appreciate everybody's input on this. I don't want my guys to get mange. Interestingly, I did read that Interceptor, which is what my guys take for heartworm preventative, has some action against Demodex.
Thanks everyone (and feel free anyone, to tell me any more info)
Hope I battled Demodex in one of my dogs a couple of years ago. It is a long long battle and much harder to treat then Sarcoptic. I have 7 dogs in the house and no one else got it so IF it is demodex I don't think you dog will get it. With "IF" being the key word. If I were in your shoes I would do you as you stated and not chance it.
These were all good answers and I have seen the website on mange. It is very good.
However, why don't you just talk to the man about getting his dog treated? My daughter's dog had Sarcoptic Mange last year and she passed it on to one of my dogs (she stayed with me for three months while my daughter tried living on the West Coast).
She was on ivermectin for two weeks and I put everyone on Revolution. The Revolution is expensive but it does work. The ivermectin treatment was cheap, though. I used a medicated shampoo on the dogs, too, because it helped with the itching.
You are spending enough getting a custom house built that helping this guy with his dog would be relatively cheap and a nice thing to do. The little dog must be suffering. And the upside of this is that the dog may not have mange at all but something else and that will save you the exense of putting all of your animals on Revolution.