So basically I adopted an estimated 6-7 week old Australian Shepherd puppy a few days back who was otherwise going to be euthanized.....:( He is doing great though now in my house and loves my other dog - an English Bulldog! However, there is the unfortunate fact that he seems to have demodectic mange....now, the mange dip I went to buy says not to use on puppies younger than 12 weeks (A product called Happy Jack recommended by my vet)......so does anyone have any advice on what I could use to treat the mange considering he is only 6-7 wks old.......?
Didn't your vet give you more advice than that. I had did a search a 6 years ago and found the Happy Jacks. But your vet should be helping you treat the pup. Each day you wait, the dog will scratch and get worse. Ask the vet to tell you what to do. I know our rescues will use ivermectin as one thing they use. But I have absolutley no clue on what to do with a pup that young. Perhaps a question I will ask this saturday.
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Thanks so much for taking the time to respond.......! Actually, after more research I did learn that you can use a sulfer compound you buy at a hardware store - it's a powder - 4 tblspns per gallon of water you are dipping them in.....and you apply pure mineral oil first - which allows the sulfur compound to adhere to the skin .......I tried it - and yea - it sure stunk and was messy :) - but he looks SO much better already...... But if you do find out any other info I'd love to hear about it because I'm not sure how often I can actually do this type of mange treatment..... Again, thanks so much for responding!!!!!
Depends on the type of mange. In general, mange is a physical description of a skin condition in dogs, in which the dog will have short or non existent hair, the surface of the skin will be ribbed and uneven, unhealthy looking, open sores and oozing skin.
In general, mange is actually caused by a mite that is present on most, if not all dogs. In healthy and unaffected dogs, these mites are kept in control by the dog's immune system. Some dogs, however, for one reason or another have weakened immune systems, and their immune system isn't sufficient to keep the mites from propagating on the surface of the skin. Thus, the sores and skin condition worsen. Some dogs will have mange during hte age of 3-6 months and outgrow it, and never show signs of it again. Other dogs will have it as puppies and continue to have it and suffer from it their whole lives.
Bowen, our mixed breed dog, had 'puppy mange'. He was from a humane society, had coccidia and giardia, and his immune system was weakened enough that he suffered effects of mange. However, as he got older and healthier, he outgrew the condition, and has shown no symptoms of it since.
As it's generally cuased by a deficient immune system, a good breeder will not breed any dog that's shown signs of, or has had mange, as it has a good chance to pass the deficiency along to its offspring.
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