Ok ive got a 8month old male pit and he has been treated for mange for like the past 4 months and nothing seems to help...the vet gave him paramite dip which we used to 2 months and then a oral medication im not sure what the name of it was and we used that for 2 months. hes had skin scrappings done and they never see anything! they eventually were clueless and i was starting to run on a tight budget. The guy i bought him from said to buy ivermectin at the feed store and give him1/10th cc per 10lbs of BW and i did but im not sure how long and how often to. He said to do it 3 days on then 5 days off then 3 again and then 5 again for like 2 months then stop for about 2 weeks and do it for 3 more days. He siad it should be clearing up by then. Im just afriad i will overdose him on it and im confused! Please Help! Thanks
Honestly I didn't know Ivermectin treated external parisites. I would keeping checking with your vet. If nothing else try another vet for a second opinion. If they are not finding any mites or proof of mange, you might want to look into allergies. good luck
If your dog is not getting a positive result for mange with a skin scraping,I would consider looking into food allergies. What are you feeding him? There is no point administering Ivermectin umless the dog needs it, and it doe'nt sound like he does.
Well thats what i have been told by several people. I have changed his food Hes currently on the Eagle Pack Holistic Large breed Puppy and it seems to have maybe helped a little bit like his skin isnt as red but im still clueless! Thanks again though!
JeepsMom, you picked an excellent food, and I'm sure you will contnue to see an improvement, unless he does have a parasite. I would give him a month, as long as he continues to improve, and then take him back to the vet and have a complete examination done. I would also add some fish oil to his diet.Good luck, and keep us posted.
Yea my previous Pit that i had ate eagle his whole life and i was very satisfied with it. Its a great food and so far Jeep has been on it about 2 months now. Give or take a little but its just so nerve wrecking because everyone is saying something different and i dont have the money to keep going to different vets. weve been to 4 so far. But i guess ill just wait it out on the food and see if that helps any. Thanks again for your advice!
Does the dog have sarcoptic mange or demodectic mange?
If he has demodectic mange, the mange is caused by an immune deficiency. If this is indeed the case, you are going to have a heck of a time treating for the mange mites. The ivermectin may kill off the mites currently on the dog, but the dog is always going to be extremely succeptable to reinfestation and it may never go away.
If he's got sarcoptic mange, it's highly contagious and if you aren't treating your house and the dog's bedding for the mites, he reinfests himself with more mange mites every time he lays down.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 11/13/2007 11:05:33 PM*** Reason: add
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
If he has skin allergies you may have to try different types of allergy food because what works for one does not always work for another. 1 protein, 1 grain is what my vet has said. My allergic Dachshund eats duck/potato.
I was told by a vet that worked in Detroit for several years that Demodectic mange is pretty common in Pit Bulls.
It could take weeks or months of consistent use of the Ivermectin, but often when it goes a way its gone except during times of stress. Most dogs seem to outgrow the bad problems with it.
I was told the mix for 1% ivermectin is to mix 13CC with 87CC proplyene Glycol. I know for treating monthly heart worms it is 1cc per 10 pounds, but I think that is too heavy of a dosage to do EVERY DAY like your dog needs. I would ask a vet about the daily dosage required.
Also remember to boost the immunity with supplements and maybe even rounds of antibiotics (if it is bad generalized mange) until the skin clears up.
There is also a product you can find on a website called 'revival animal' called Goodwinol Ointment, that you put directly on the effected areas that is supposed to clear it up.
i have a mini-dachshund that is constantly getting itchy problems and has been diagnosed as being food allergic and very sensitive skin. So, we have her on a specail vet recommended diet and she seems to do VERY well with it. Today however, she is broke out with either mange or ringworm! I'm not sure which it is and the vet isn't in until Tuesday. Does anyone have an idea which she could have....she has some cicular areas on her head, neck, and arm pits mostly. She doesn't seem to be itching any more than what is normal for her. I can't stand to see her looking so bad...and she seems depressed about the whole thing!