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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mange

A vet told me once that all dogs have demodectic mange mites in their skin, but most have an immune system that will keep them at bay. Stress and shock can also cause a dog to have a flair up. When I was a kid I had a half dalmation hald lab that was fine his whole life until he got shot in the leg. The stress causes an immune problem and he got terrible demodectic mange. I had to put him down eventually after a year of trying to treat it with everything the vet could think of.

Bitches with demodectic mange are often not bred because the immune problem may be passed on the the puppies.

If you have one with demodectic mange, another vet told me ivermectin would go a long way in treating it.

Hope this helps.

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Is it localized or generalized? Is this a pup or a dog? I have only seen it once in a younger pup at four months of age and it was localized meaning a small little spot(size of a penny). It appeared after the pup was vaccinated. No treatment and it went away within about a week or two. Her hair grew back in with no problems. Even with the stress of being away with a protrainer, going through heat cycles, and being vaccinated as an older dog, it has not come back. I have heard to avoid breeding dogs with demodex if the pup/dog has the generalized form. I was also told if the pup is potentially going to be used for breeding not to treat, especially in localized cases. Here is a helpful link.

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=1556
 

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A vet told me once that all dogs have demodectic mange mites in their skin, but most have an immune system that will keep them at bay.
True. If it is a young puppy and localized leave it alone. They grow out of it as their immune system matures.
 
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Not a big deal at all. We treat it with ivermectin. Been a long time since we've had a case, but it's just not a big deal. For people who aren't familiar with it, their world might end and they might want their money back for their pup. ;) It IS an immune condition, see the wiki and other's comments. But in the scheme of things, it's not an issue if you get it under control.
 

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I've seen more cases of this over the past few years . I've bought and give away a pup that had this, a friend of mine also had a chessie that had it terribley.

Now we are dealing with a pup I sold having this come up after having a tick bite on its leg.

I questioning spaying the female(not what I want to do) She has always been a healthy dog, with clearances on all else.

Been researching this stuff for a while, also have a training partner that know alot about it. Was just wondering other's opinions/encounters.

thanks

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I have an old Boykin Spaniel bitch, whose immune system was compromised years ago, that had intermittent problems with it. Upon recommendation of my Vet I started using a "Preventic" collar on her year-round. She has not had a flare-up for years now. Seems ticks and mites belong to the same family, order, genus, philum, or something like that. Anyway the same pesticide kills them both.
 

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I have a dog that had a flare up (a couple of spots) and it seemed to be associated with a change in heartworm meds. I had switched to Heartguard. After the flare up (a couple of spots) I switched back to what I had always used (Inteceptor) and there have been no more problems.
 

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I had the same problem many years ago. I treated the dog with Ivermectin. 2cc a day for 40 days. This was my vets dosage. Worked like a charm.
 

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If I remember correctly, the Preventic Collar has the same active ingredient as Mitaban, which is used to treat demodec. The collar provides a slow, steady release of the stuff.
 
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