demodectic mange for our poor girl

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:( we are sad. Our Stasia has demodectic mange. Vet scraped her and checked it out. Gave her an injection and some antibiotics. She will need weekly injections for approx. 2 months. She is eating and being normal, our girl just looks so pitiful. Original owner told us the couple of bumps on her leg(by her paws) were from one of the kids(teenagers) giving her a bath with the wrong shampoo. Anyway initial vet visit(we no longer use this vet) said he would do a scrape for $100 and the shot would be $100. He said if it gets worse bring her back. He said it looked like minor irritation probably associated with the WRONG shampoo. Anyway wife gives her a bath with the CORRECT shampoo. About a week later she had more bumps, silly us though oops we should have been using medicated shampoo(oatmeal). Well that seemed to help her. then over the past couple of weeks she has started to lose some hair. itching herself raw. 2 days ago her throat looked swollen(a tiny little bit) Today she looked real bad. gave her a bath and decided its vet time. We went to a different vet. $140 later our Stasia is being treated. The vet said it was real bad and definately has been going on for a while. How does the previous owner and vet both miss this? I am wondering if that is why she REALLY was getting rid of this sweet girl. Anyway we don't care we love her and we are going to take care of our girl. Thanks for listening to our rant.

 

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From the sound of it, the first owner probably didn't know, and the first vet did offer to do a scrape and treatment for mange, but it was still pretty early and he got it wrong with his judgement call ("probably" just irritation).  They can't (quite...) talk to us, so sometimes even very good vets get things wrong.  :( 

I know I've heard that diluted dobes (blues and fawns) are particularly susceptible to "skin problems", though I don't know if mange would be considered a part of that or if it's just certain skin issues.

So sorry you and your baby have to go through this!  But, she's lucky to have you!

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No, it's not just a dilute problem, it happens.  It boiles down to a weak immune problem.  ALL dogs have it. but some can't fight it off.  Keep treating, be vigialnent.  Do what the "new" vet says and don't miss a treatment.

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we already have her appointment for next week setup. $100 for a scrape? and $100 for a shot? He thought it was irritation, so silly me decided to believe both of them. scrape only cost $30, shot $39. I guess I am just so upset over this happening to her. We will fight it and win! I wish we did the scrape even though he thought it would be a waste of money. He recommended medicated shampoo :(  thanks for all the response

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$100 for a scrape and $100 for an injection is too much.  Find a different vet, but please don't give up.

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we have a vet that owns a Doberman. She charged us $140. she did 2 scrapes, an injection, antibiotics, plus the exam. We will take her once a week at $40 a week for injections. We will not give up on her NO WAY.

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It's great that you found a vet who owns a dobie, that can make a huge difference.  :)


As I said, your Stasia is very lucky to have you!

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I am just having a hard time with this. She is so sweet. When the vet scraped her ear, she yelped and did not try to bite or snap at her. She took the chest scrape and the injection without flinching. We stopped at the dollar store to pick up some Benadryl. Some guy was leaving the store out of the many, well this guy apparently had an aura or was too close to our minivan and Stasia let out this long VERY DEEP growl. I had to do a double take, wasn't sure if I was in the right car lol

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I don't know how old your girl is, or if you're planning on having her spayed or not. Libby had demodectic mange, and when I spayed her at 9 months, her immune system improved, and it simply disappeared. I refused to dip her, which was the typical treatment at the time - over 10 years ago. It wasn't just her, a friend's dog had the same problem, and when she got her spayed, the mange disappeared.

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we are going to spay her. She approx. 6 month old, she was born at end of September. Vet wants to treat her for mange first(it's pretty bad)

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How did the vet miss this?? this stuff happens, when I adopted Ben the rottweiler the honorary doberman here :)), he was supposed to only have allergies requiring an allergy shot once every two weeks then once a month after the first month with us - this was according to the vet that the foster parent was using, when we adopted him because we live in a different area we had him at OUR vet for two of his allergy shots and I kept insisting something was wrong since he limped after each of the allergy shots turns out he didn't have allergies - he had a full blown auto immune disorder that has required cancer drugs, prednisone, antibiotics frequently and specialist visits, a dermatologist he sees regularly etc. So you have my deepest sympathies on this one, it is the most frustrating thing to know that your dog was suffering with something that should have been discovered earlier, but sometimes the symptoms just don't give enough information to the vet to do a proper diagnosis......had I not pressed my current vet it would have taken a few more visits for allergy shots for him to have put the pieces together.....remember we live with our dogs every day and can see some of the issues that come along with illness that are so slight the vet cannot see it in a short visit.....now if this becomes consistent behavior from your vet find another vet ........

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We have a good vet now. We have not went back to the original one.

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Stasia had her second shot Friday. Vet said she is smelling much better and looking much better. Stasia definately is back to her normal self. She untied all the seat cushions today. 3rd injection coming this Friday

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yayayaay on the mend can't say enough good things about hearing good news, always great when it's something treatable and they get back to their normal goofy self.....

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Are you trying salmon type Hi Protein kibble diet or salmon oil capsules? I have heard here that both of these really help coat health and shinyness. We are very lucky, Bella's coat is pretty thick and spectacular.

Stasia is such a special girl, and lucky to have a dobermommy like you.

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Update on Stasia. Some of her hair is growing back. She is now 110% Stasia. Strange thing she did when my wife took her to the vet Friday. She would not let the doctor move her. The doctor had her lead, my wife was sitting there. The doctor tried to take her in another room. Stasia just sat there didnt budge one bit. The doctor told my wife we need to socialize her some now. I am wondering why would it be a good thing for our Stasia to just up and let someone take her? anyway she looking so nice again. money money money. But all worth it. She is a sweetheart. She just walks up to the table now and ous her head on it smelling around. Water bottles she loves to bring them to her bowl. The chihuahua drank her water, she bickered, we had no idea what the deal was. Stasia goes and gets a bottled water and brinks it to her bowl drops it and barks. This dog is something else. I swear she was on earth before. She also will demand attention from my wife. If my wife has her back turned to her and is facing the sink. Stasia walks between her legs and then lifts her up. wtf? is this about lol

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It's not a good idea for your dog to go with a stranger however, it is good for your dog to know that YOU say it's ok and that then they should go......those are two different things.....if you are present and allow this person to take the leash and you tell your dog it's ok then she should trust you and go, maybe a bit hesitant but should still go.....I know Ben will just about go with anyone he has been shuffled around so much and in/out of vets for a year before we got him, but now after almost 2 years with us he doesn't want to leave the room without checking with me first, and twice he has drug the tech with him as he came running back to me.....usually I laugh and have normal conversation with the people in the vets office and that way Ben gets used to the fact that I trust and like these people and then I hand his leash over to them and he will walk with them......and visiting and laughing in the exam room helps when they need to take him out for something, but if necessary I get up and walk to the door and tell him it's ok and then shut the door, with me out of sight he does great...... hope I rambled with a purpose, and you see how it relates to your situation, hahahaha,

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She is a smart girl - love the stories about her untying the chair cushions and the water bottle ritual is priceless.  I'm so glad she has a guardian like you taking such good care of her. I would get her spayed soon; I don't think she needs her "pieces parts" and if it helps the mange, all the better (although another expense!).  Plus, socialize her as much as possible.  Take her in the car everywhere you go, have people over, take her over to people's houses, take her to school just for the socialization (another expense, sorry!).  It will be well worth it as she gets over.  SO glad that she is getting better!

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Our stasia is almost cleared. all her hair has grown back. no bumps that we can feel. Thye scraped her and said she has a little bit left. has grow so big. Now she walks up to the kitchen table and rests her head on it trying to look around. She has a pinching problem. lol

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Great news!  Almost there.  Stasia is very lucky to have you.  :)  Keep up the good work.