I've got a maremma that has dermadectic mange i have 6 others but she is the only one with it. I was told by the vet to give it ivemec but i read that some dogs have a reaction to it and can die from it and i don't want to take the chance i was also told it is caused by lack of vitamins should i do what the vet said or try and give her vitamins to build up her immune system.
I recently had a dog with a severe mange problem and ivermec was the only thing that took care of it. I gave vitimins and suppliments to boost the immune system and they 'helped' but didn't clear it up. If you follow the vets recommended dosage your dog should be fine. The most sensitive breed to ivermec is collies. Good luck.
I'm sure theres some sort of herbal remedy but I dont know and I would use ivermectin too (and I do for Heartworm controll) but only for certain breeds and dogs with liver damage is the risk of dying a factor. What breed is yours?
I have only heard of medical treatments like ivermectin to get rid of mange. It's caused by a poor immune system, and this deficiency is hereditary. If this dog is an adult and has mange, please please don't use it for breeding, it will pass this deficiency down to it's offspring.
How old is the dog? I'd at least give Ivermectin a try, while it's herding breeds like collies that have problems with it, a maremma is a livestock guardian. Vitamins alone will not treat demodec. If the dog is young, there's a chance it can be cleared up for good by the ivermectin treatments.
Demodectic mange will continue to surface when the dog/bitch is stressed out, as in when she comes into heat. I would treat this as it can become a real problem if you get a secondary skin infection, I would treat it very agressively as it can be fatal. I would not try to cut costs or try any herbal remedy, do this one right and spay this bitch as soon as she's out of her cycle, and watch her carefully as the stress of the spay might trigger an episode, although not as bad as this one. My Pit mix had this when she had her first heat and almost died. She had only one minor recurrance a year later, but never had it again and she lived to be 15. I did treat her as aggressively as she could handle, and it was worth the money.....