My German Shepard has Dermatopic mange. We originally took her to the "doggie" dermatologist, who charged us almost $300 to diagnose and treat her for a month. We were told that we would have to repeat that at least 3-4 more times. Currently that is just not an option for me, and I cannot bear to give her up. I know that it is possible to buy Ivermectin over the counter. My question is...If I buy the 1% injection, how do I administer, do I mix it with something, and which form is best: equine, swine, or cattle?
Well is there something else that you can recommend. The vet gave us ivomectin and antibiotics which cleared it up in weeks, I was just not able to pay for the next few months. Without treatment she produces large boils, that bleed and ooze pus, her paws swell and bleed, and she loses her hair...its pretty bad.
I have just always been cautious with Ivomec and herding breeds.
Other people will chime in with recommendations and I could be wrong on this but still, better to get more opinions. ***********************************************************************
So I called my vet to talk about this. He said that typcially, the GSD does not carry the (mdr1) gene that causes problems or even death in herding breeds. Because of the dogs I breed, I did not know this.
Now, to answer the initial questions. I use Ivomec for cattle and swine. A 50cc bottle is available at TSC for about $35.00. Dose carefully and use only 1/10cc per 100 pounds of body weight.
Hope this helps and best of luck!
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According to Washington U, only about 10% of German Shepherds carry the Mdr1 gene. You could have a test done to be sure, but chances are slim. I have Aussies, so I can not help you on the Ivermec dosage. I can not use it.
Sorry sorry sorry but it is a pet peave of mine when people accuse breeds like GSD's and even my pembrokes of being ivomec sensitive, THEY ARE NOT!!!! Very simple research will tell you so, even my own dogs have been DNA'd for mdr1 just to satisfy my own curiosity. I will message you the standard dose, don't know what the limitations are about "prescribing" would be on a forum.
Don't take it personal oxford's, even some vets are unaware that there is such a thing as mdr1 and do the same thing. Although I don't have an mdr1 breed, I have researched it. Ivomec is a much better option in "safe" breeds than the alternative to living with mange or giving a dog up because highway robbery vets want to charge out the ying yang for it to the public who don't know any better.
Animal revival health sells Tak-Tik which is the same medicine as Mitaban. This is for demodectic mange, and is what your vet is dipping your dog with. Animal revival health's staff will instruct you on how to use that and also the ivermectin Excellent company for anyone with animals,pets breeders whoever.
I took in a basset mix about a month ago who was covered with demodox mange. She looked like a prehistoric creature with all the scabs, furless areas etc. We are treating her with liquid imovectin (however it's spelled!) and an anti-fungal med. It has worked miracles. In 4 weeks the swelling is gone, she has totally stopped scratching and most of her hair has grown back. She is also hw positive and we're praying that the treatment will also kill the adult worms. She was negative for microfilarea.
We give our border collies, gsd and other dogs ivermectin and know of a couple border collie breeders that give their dogs it as well and 1 lady has been breeding them for 26 years with no problems. If you give them the right amount for body weight it should not be a problem, but it is totally upto you. Good luck
I've treated a lot of dogs for demodectic mange & have never had a problem. Ivomectin seems to be a very safe & easy product to use for this purpose. I also give it to all my dogs once a month to prevent heartworm & have used it to even treat ear mites. It is a very versatile drug & I recommend keeping a bottle on hand at all times. There is another product called Mitaban, which I saw someone recommended for use to treat mange, but I would think twice about using it. I have used it without any bad side effects on my dobie, but I have also seen animals have some very bad reactions to it and they had to be rushed to the vet for emergency treatment. One of the things I did not like about the Mitaban was that it did not seem to completely resolve the problem. My dobie had several recurrences over a period of several years & I had to dip her each time. She eventually grew out of it, but she was at least 6 yrs old when she did. I've never had a recurrence with the Ivermectin & it is much easier to use.