4 month old great dane is shedding bad has small spots with no hair and has red marks on his belly. Vet says its a skin infection and put him on antibiotics, but couldnt tell us for sure what it was. Has anyone ever seen this on their dog? If so please share info.
This sounds a lot like sarcoptic mange.Did the vet do a skin scraping? Even if he did and got a negative diagnosis for the mite, it does'nt mean he does'nt have mange. The usual treatment is Mitaban dips, Ivermectin, ( in larger doses which your vet should tell you about) Revolution, and Interceptor. If you're not happy with this vet, take him somewhere else, because he has classic signs of sarcopses.
Demodec (sp?) manage is harder to treat. It is usually caused from a weak immune system. The skin infection was probably caused by the dog scratching alot. Not to sound negative or cause you worry, but some have it all their lives. Good luck, I hope they are able to help her. If you don't see any improvement with the treatment this vet is doing, get a second opionion.
this mange is only in puppys from the age of three months to twelve months. they get it from their mother. Then sometimes found in dogs five years old and older but useually then they have cancer or internal problem
Actually dogs up to 2 years old are the most affected age group. The older ones that have cancer or any other illness that get demodectic mange it's because of their compromised immune system. Some dogs have frequent flare ups, some never have a flare up again. I think it is recommended that such dogs are never bred.
I am a great dane lover forever!!!! I own 9 & have dealt with this 2 times. There is local demodectic & generalized demodectic. I have never had experience with generalized, only local which there will be 2 to 4 spots on the puppy where the hair is gone or thin & the hair around the eyes is thin. It is very normal for a Dane puppy to get. You have to understand that a Dane will go through as many 'body' changes in its first year as a human will in its first 14 years! This is why a Danes immune system will be low & the little critters come to life. This is why I recommend all of my puppies to stay on colostrum until they are 6 to 7 months old. I am providing a link that you REALLY need to read:
Demodectic Mange Mites Demodectic Mange Mite Basics Demodectic mange caused by demodectic mange mites is mainly a problem in dogs. Demodectic mange mites are microscopic, cigar-shaped, and not highly contagious. However, a dam may pass the mites to her puppies.
Risks and Consequences Localized demodectic mange tends to appear in young dogs as patches of scaliness and redness around the eyes and mouth and, perhaps, the legs and trunk. Unlike other types of mange, demodectic mange may signal an underlying medical condition, and your pet's overall health should be carefully evaluated. Less commonly, young and old dogs experience a generalized form of demodectic mange and can exhibit widespread patches of redness, hair loss, and scaliness.
Treatment and Control Your veterinarian will discuss treatment options with you. Treatment of dogs with localized demodectic mange generally results in favorable outcome. Generalized demodectic mange, however, may be difficult to treat, and treatment may only control the condition, rather than cure it.