Hair Loss and Scratching

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My 4 1/2 month old pup is experiencing hair loss and some scratching.  At first we thought the hair loss was from playing too hard with my neighbor's dog.  But they haven't played together for a few weeks now and it seems like the hair loss is getting worse.  We tried flea and tick shampoo and that seemed to irritate her more.  She just has patches of fur gone, but there is no redness or any bumps anywhere.  We just bought her allergy free shampoo to help calm her skin and that seems to be helping the scratching.  She goes to the Dr. on Thursday, but can you guys offer any advice? Will her fur grow back?

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Hi I just read your post.  Sounds like what our dobi had "puppy mange".  It took 5 treatments to get her well and her hair has grown back and she looks as beautiful as ever.  They say it's caused from mites and they could've gotten it from their mother.  I use Advantix now and it is suppose to prevent it from happening again.  How is your dobi now?

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I just posted that today...but she isn't scratching as much.  What do they use to treat mange?

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I don't remember the name of the stuff but they gave her a shot and put some kind of solution on her that took several hours to dry.  Luckily we caught it during the early stages.  It was about $60 each time and we had to take her every 2 weeks.  Where are the spots at on your dobi?  Hers were on her left side.  The vet said usually this starts around the face and can really look bad. Let me know how it goes.

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Well I think it started on her head.  At first we thought she was playing too hard with my mom's dog...but it looks the same on her head as it does on her body.  But her skin isnt red or anything...

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Raven's skin didn't look irritated either.  Just her white skin underneath.  The biggest patch she had was the size of a 50 cent piece.

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Darn...okay I think you may be right! At least she is going to the Dr. on Thursday.  I'll have them check it out! Do you know if having Mange would make her want to pee more and be more thirsty?

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I didn't notice anything about her being thirsty or peeing.  Another thing which is good other dogs can't catch this mange for some reason.

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Just an update! Trinity has Demodectic Mange. :(...She went to the Doctor today for a regular checkup.  They did a scratch test.  So they sent her some with some solution to put on...I'm not sure on the details because I didn't take her to the Dr. My husband did.  My question is should I call my breeder to tell her My pup has this type of Mange?  With this type of mange I cannot breed her now can I!? HELP!

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Demodectic mange is actually quite common. It is caused by the demodectic mite and most dogs have some of these mites on them. The disease comes about when mites multiply out of control.  Most often it is apparent in a localized area, but can become generalized (over the dog's entire body) in which case the dog should not be bred because it is indicative of a problem with their immune system.

I had a black female years ago that had a small spot in the middle of her back. It was demodectic mange and was treated with an medication and it never came back. Most vets, noticing any thinning or loss of hair will test for demodectic mange as a precaution. Princess has a spot of hair loss due to a scratch received in playing with Red, but he tested anyway. The test was negative, he hair came off when the scab came off.

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I took my puppy Rocky in for his 3rd set of puppy shots and asked the vet what the small white spots on his head were.  He said it could be allergy or mites.  He took a scraping from 2 of the spots, and they turned out to be demodex mites, or something to that affect.  They gave me some $18 shampoo, and some medicated lotion that cost $14 a bottle. It is only like a "nip" size bottle, but it is supposed to be mixed with a gallon of warm water.  They told me to apply some ointment they gave me to his eyes, and wash him with the shampoo.  Apparently the shampoo drys out the oil, and lets the medication soak in.  Once he gets washed with the shampoo, we have to apply the medicine/warm water solution to his entire body.  It can not be rinsed off, or towled dry.  It must be air dried.  I have to repeat that for 2 more consecutive weeks.  Once that is done, the will take another scraping to see if it is gone. 

The spots are very tiny, but I am glad we caught it now.  The vet said it should go away after several treatments if we do it right.  I heard if a dog gets it bad enough, he may even have to be put down.  All from some tiny parasitic mites.  Not be to an alarmist, but if any of your dogs have these spots it may be a good idea to get a vet to scrape and verify before it is gets out of hand and is too late. 

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Those who watch the shows on National Geographic and Animal Planet channels about rescuing dogs have seen some that have general demodectic mange and yet do get well. When it gets that bad it is really expensive, and some are put down, not because of the treatment but because of the expense, especially if the animal is otherwise in poor health. They are in many cases in poor health which is what allowed the mites to get so out of control in the first place.

Those who own dogs for any length of time will generally encounter one of their loved ones at some point that has a situation. As stated, early detection resulting from checking over the dogs periodically coupled with early treatment will result in a pleasant outcome.

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Well Raven's hair has grown back full and pretty.  Your dog will be fine now.

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Thanks!  It is not that bad now, and I intend to keep it that way.  I have seen shows like Animal Cops on the AP, and the mite damage to some dogs is pretty bad or worse.  whoever let's a dog get that bad should be tarred and feathered.   

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Amen. Some will say they just can't afford it, but if that is the case they should give the dog up before it gets so bad. A little bit of attention and treatment early on saves a lot of suffering by the dog.

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Update-we followed the vet's directions to a T, and it seems to have worked.  We have given Rocky 3 Mitaban treatments, and the mites are basically gone.  I haven't performed a 100% inspection yet, but the spots on his head, face, and legs have totally cleared up.  All the hair on his head has grown back.  Now we just need to go back for a follow up this weekend and see if another scraping is necessary.   

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That's great news!