I found a good website that gives some information on your dog's condition. I actually learned a few things I didn't know. First off, the mite that causes this is present in most all dogs, I suspect that this is why your breeder blew it off. But apparently some dogs of particular lineage have weekened immune systems that make the mite population much larger than is normal because they can't adequately fight off the mites, and they begin loosing hair in certain areas. In some dogs, the mite infestation is so bad that it causes sores and scabs in adult dogs.. these are the dogs that definitely should be neutered or spayed, so that they don't pass this immune weakness to their offspring. All dogs can get the mites from any dog they come in contact with (but for puppies that's obviously their mother from the close contact involved when nursing and nesting). It's just most of the time the dogs (and owners) neither notice or care, because their immune systems are strong enough to keep the mite population small. Check out this site, it's very informative and gives some suggestions on treating it quickly and cheaply. http://www.pugman.com/Pug%20Information/Pug%20Medical/Common%20Skin%20Problems.htm I have read conflicting things regarding demodectic mange and dogs that are intended for a breeding program. Any adult dog that has demodectic mange definitely doesn't need to be in a breeding program. I've actually got a mixed breed that had the localized puppy version. My vet wasn't too concerned about it, and it cleared up in a month or so after a bath in sulfoxydex. He has never had another occurence of it since it cleared and he's got a LOT of hair. Some breeders believe any dog that has any evidence of it should be removed from breeding pools. Others believe that the puppy version is so prevalent , if the puppy recovers quickly from it and shows no signs of a relapse before it is 2 years old, it's safe to breed. I don't know what the correct answer is, or if there even *is* a correct answer. But I hope this gives you some more info.
Thank you so much for your help!~ Here is what the vet gave me to give him: 14 tabs of cephalenxin 500mg twice a day for a week 100ml of ivomec 10m/ml once a day, untill he gets a negative skin scraping 1 tube of bnp ointment twice a day for 5-7 days (this stuff is a B**** to out in the dogs eye!!) the vet never said anythng about bathing him in anything. He's missing a little bit of hair on his nose, and under his eye. I might be getting hasty, but I just wont breed him. He wasnt bought to be bred, just to be my baby, which he is. He's 4months, 48lbs. I take him to get his shoots on time... I dont know, did I do something?
I ended up getting a longcoat german shepherd. i love him to death! He is definitly a mama's boy! Thank you for all your help!~ Ar eyou a vet, or just a lover of all animals? You seem to know a lot of dogs and there probs, and your good at rescreach! Kayla