Using Sarcoptic Mange
I took my dog to the vet and they told me to use ECTO-SOOTH 3X for his Sarcoptic Mange. I did some research. I can’t find information on this product being used for mange. I have some left over dip from a dog I had 10 years ago which I know for a fact works.
Has one ever heard of someone using ECTO-SOOTH 3X for mange?
Give it a go if that’s what the vet said. I haven’t heard of it before either.
If it doesn’t work, use the dip.
What is Sarcoptic Mange?
Sarcoptic mange is the name for the skin disease caused by infection with the Sarcoptes scabei mite. Mites are not insects; instead they are more closely related to spiders. They are microscopic and cannot be seen with the naked eye.
Adult Sarcoptes scabei mites live 3-4 weeks in the host’s skin. After mating, the female burrows into the skin depositing 3-4 eggs in the tunnel behind her. The eggs hatch in 3-10 days producing a larvae which, in turn, move about on the skin surface eventually molting into a “nymphal” stage and finally into an adult. The adults move on the surface of the skin where they mate and the cycle begins again with the female burrowing and laying eggs.
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Before I get the sermons on mange, demodectic mange is hereditary and not communicable. And even if a dog carries it, it may never show.
We found out last fall that our poor 12 year old dachshund carries demodectic mange, before that we had no idea what it was. In the last 8 months he has undergone 3 treatments for recurrence, this morning I noticed it’s coming back.
While I don’t, usually, mind taking him to the vet, this is between $400 & $600 each treatment, $1400 in the last 8 months, and frankly I don’t have that right now.
Does anyone know of an inexpensive, effective, over the counter treatment for this ailment? And please, just for my peace of mind, let me know how you are aware of its effectiveness. Being in the veterinarian field would help.
I thank you in advance for any help you may provide! So does my poor suffering baby!
Sorry about the dropped “r!”
Do you know of an over the counter treatment FOR demodectic mange?
He CANNOT be reinfected by another dog or bedding! This can’t be transferred from one dog to another or to people! This is HEREDITARY, it is a part of his chemical makeup.
He was 2 when we adopted him from a shelter, and we had no idea. According to our vet, they usually, and immediately “fix’ any animal they know carries it so as not to pass it to future generations!
He is the love of my life and I would do anything for him! They believe this has shown itself due to stress, he is in, otherwise, perfect health. But, his human Mom has been ill and in and out of the hopital and they think this may have contributed to his sudden prolific showing of this condition.
I thank you for all of your informative answers. I hope we can soon have him on the road to recovery and living many more happy, healthy years!
Apparently I can’t type today! “hospital”
You are correct on your information. And the outbreak is likely due to stress. Thing is, most all dogs carry the demodex mites. A lot of puppies have skin irritation from it. Most adults don’t. The adults that do generally have weak immune systems, allowing the mites to get the upper hand, so to speak. Your dog being 12 and stressed about mom could definitely weaken his immune system.
I’d try another vet. Or, if you’re really faithful to your vet, ask about Ivomec oral as treatment for Demodex. It’s cheaper, easier, and often more effective than the dips, baths, etc. I had a puppy with undiagnosed liver disease. She also had demodex. The special shampoo and gasoline smelling dip did nothing, really. Later, when I worked at a vet’s office (NOT the one that treated my puppy, mind you) we often used Ivomec for demodectic mange treatment. It was almost always highly effective, and a whole lot easier on the owners and dogs. Granted, the stuff tastes nasty, but it works well. (And yes, I have tasted it. Curiosity got me.) You give a certain amount (calculated by the vet, as the medication is very concentrated and I’m not even attempting that math!) orally by syringe every day for a couple of weeks and things should be cleared up. You might even be able to do a phone call and get the vet to have a prescription ready for you, since it’s an existing condition. Then you at least wouldn’t have another office visit fee and all.
You can also try searching online for safe and non-toxic Mange Treatment.
My 8 month pit bull has been in and out of the vet for the last couple months getting mitaban dips and ivomec shots and nothing seems to cure her. I’ve read about a borax and peroxide mix (does anyone know exact measurements for that?) that can cure mange but does anyone know of anything else? Please don’t tell me to consult a veternarian-done that and nothing they can give me works! She used to be all white and now its more like all red with big patches of hair missing…PLEASS HELP!-I’ll try anything!
Nothing topical will work as the mites live right down in the hair follicle.
A daily dose of oral ivomec for several weeks will work and the spot-on treatment Advocate is listed as a demodex treatment. According to their blurb demedicosis has been cured in clinical trials.
It is important to try and get rid of this condition before it becomes generalised. It can be hard to treat once the dog’s condition becomes chronic. If it is really red there could be a secondary infection – has the dog had antibiotics for this?
Mange mites are present on most dogs in small amounts. It is only when they multiply that they can cause problems. This is often at times of suppressed immunity – puppyhood, old age, ill health etc. Have you thought about changing your dog’s diet (assuming that you feed commercial food) to something more natural? Many people report that their dogs’ natural immunity is increased after changing them to a raw diet without all the inappropriate ingredients that are in commercial foods.