Hi, I just wanted to let everyone know that I found out what exactly was wrong with Lizzie(my boxer baby). Both her and her sister both got a hereditary form of Mange and an infection in their face from it. What it was, is the dogs that were their parents one of them is not supposed to be bred! So be sure and check your breeder because it is a lot easier then I ever thought for genetic problems to transmit. Thanks, Dmhill
Color me confused~ (you'll have to copy and paste both halves of the link, it is LONG) http://188.8.131.52/search?q=cache:-zNCQxQtz-wJ:www.ava.com. au/avj/0004/00040240.pdf+The+American+Academy+of+Veterinary+Dermatology+%2B+breeding+dogs+with+demodex&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2&gl=us
The goal of treatment is to kill every mite on the dogís body. This should give lifelong cure, regardless of the status of the animalís immunocompetence towards Demodex mites, since transfer of mites is considered unlikely between mature dogs. Animals must remain mite-free for 12 months after treatment has terminated to be declared cured. Immunosuppressive agents should be avoided in affected animals during the initial 12 months after cessation of miticide therapy and ideally should not be used ever if possible.
Generalised demodicosis is hereditary in young dogs but the exact mode if inheritance has not been established. If the disease has recessive inheritance, then some normal puppies will be truly normal, whereas some will be carriers and will pass on the trait.
Because no test is available to separate normal animals from carriers, all puppies from litters in which one or more pups are clinically affected should be culled from breeding programs. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The above is also referenced by Boxer World, agreeing with spay/neuter and culling from the breeding program any adult who produces a litter with a pup with Demodex. So it would seem that not everyone is in agreement with the practice of breeding any dog or bitch with or who has or passes Demodex to ANY offspring.
***Edited By: pyrmom on 9/10/2007 3:21:46 PM*** Reason: *
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