So took my puppy to the vet yesterday for persistant itching and loss of hair. I was worried and very scared for her. See she was a rescue dog from a kennel, so we don’t know what she has previously been in contact with. Well to our surprise she had Sarcoptic mange or Scabies. Luckily my husband nor I have this, but I was really upset. The vet looked at me like I was a diseased person, she had the vet tech and some of the receptionist look at it. I kept hearing things like, ew thats gross, etc. I thought it was very very VERY unprofessional. Also the vet treated my dog like she was diseased and disgust. As I have been doing research on it, it seems it isn’t an uncommon thing and she could have gotten it from anywhere.
My question is would you continue taking your animal to this vet or would you have take her somewheres else? Also ha anyone else dealt with Sarcoptic mange, because she was treated last night and is still itching, I have heard you can give them Benydryl for the itching
Yes they did a skin scraping, thats what they were looking at under the microscope.
Well am not 100% sure what kind of mange it is, all that stupid woman told em was she has scabies. Gave me a lyme sulfer dip, and some clavamox and sent me on my way. She didn’t explain shit to me. So I looked around on the internet to see what she looked like more. Just a guess. But she lost hair on the tip of her ears and has some scabs on her belly and back legs.
I would find a new vet. I diagnosed sarcoptic mange twice in the last month. I did not or hope I did not make the client feel that they had caused the problem or that they or their pet was dirty. Sarcoptic mange mites can be really difficult to find and I was happy to have found the source of the problem Sarcoptic mange is very treatable and the itching should stop soon. Sarcoptes can be picked up at a kennel, groomer, etc. You should treat all the dogs in the household. Legally I can’t tell you to give your dog benydryl because I am a vet . I can suggest a soothing bath like with an oatmeal based dog shampoo. There other ways of treating sarcoptes than oral ivermectin. We use Revolution with great success. The oral ivermectins may be effective but some dogs object to the taste. In response to one of the other post I find it far easier to effectively treat sarcoptic mange than demodectic mange.
Hi Everyone, I have been on the internet for about four hours now reading about this condition. After weeks of trying to figure out what was causing his itching with my vet, I finally called the rescue league where I had adopted him from. I knew this puppy’s mom, dad and littermates were all surrendered and they were all adopted prior to us adopting Milo (he was the last one and oh so cute)!! The shelter had him as a German Shepherd,Rottweiller, Collie mix, however, he does look a lot like an Aussie, so either way he is a herding dog. Anyway, when I called the rescue league they had gotten one of the puppies back a couple of weeks ago with a skin condition and the people who had adopted him couldn’t afford him. Since then, the shelter had done skin scrapings on him and couldn’t find anything but had given him Ivermectin injections and is doing considerably better. With this new information and talking to my vet and a dog dermatologist we are going to treat my pup with Revolution. My vet and the other doctor do not feel comfortable as do I to give him Ivermectin as he is a herding dog of some sort. I know the shelter had used it on the other pup, but I don’t want to take that chance. I have found comments both ways on the effectiveness of Revolution. Since this to me seems like the most obvious choice at this point, I have given both of my dogs the first treatment of Revolution this evening. (I have an eight year old beagle I had adopted six years ago and has never even had so much as a flea so this is all new for me). Has anyone had success using Revolution for treating Sarcoptic Mange? And if so, how long did it take for the itching to somewhat subside? Also, my beagle who just appeared with symptoms two days ago seems really out of sorts and is yelping when you touch her, is there anything anyone has used that I could mention to my vet to help relieve them? My vet hasn’t had many cases of this and I just want to be as informed as possible. Also, any suggestions on when I should disinfect my home? Both myself and my husband have broken out with a severe rash as well. As I had mentioned we were dealing with his itching for a few weeks and were treating him for dry skin. We had done skin scrapings and had found nothing. Once I had talked to the shelter and from the information I had gotten from them yesterday have we put the entire puzzle together. I had started with a rash roughly two weeks ago but I had started some new medication and I had also used some new fabric softener so I was in the process of ruling those things out as well, which now I know was not the issue as it didn’t clear up anyway. As soon as I found out yesterday, I got the premetherin cream and myself, husband and child have used it. I was able to get the Revolution for the dogs today and have applied it. For the humans, we have been more itchy today too, so if anyone had to be treated themselves, I would love to know how they made out on the premetherin and how quickly they felt relief. Funny thing, my son has not presented any symptoms at all, but he is being treated as a precaution. Thank you all for any input you will be able to provide.
This is my first post ever to any discussion forum. Found this one with the most intelligent responses, so thank you!
I just want to say thank you all for your input! Is there a way I can respond to your answers?
There’s a test your vet can do for the MDR1 gene to see if your dog can safely be given ivermectin.
My Aussie is a “collie breed” and I didn’t know that when I gave him Ivermectin. Since it didn’t kill him when I first gave it to him, he’s safe to receive Ivermectin as he doesn’t have the gene that would cause him to die from the Ivermectin.
Since your dog’s sibling tolerated Ivermectin, your dog probably can be treated with it as well, but the test from healthgene will prove if your dog can be given Ivermectin. Good Luck with your challenges.
oh… if your dog can tolerate Ivermectin, then you can use that to treat it monthly to prevent heartworms. I can tell you how and it saves lots of money. -!-
I took my 8 week old pom to the vet cause she was scratching and losing hair, and found out she has sarcoptic mange. I showed the vet a rash I have developed since I have had her and he said I have it to, that it is very contagious to humans. I went to my doc and got cream, and the pup and my other dog are being treated now. The pup is miserable and in a playpen in my room, with her bed and food and water and I clean the playpen 2x day and change her piddle pad, but she wants so bad for me to hold her! She cried constantly for attention. I don’t want to pick her up for a week, until her next treatment, when the vet said she should no longer be contagious. Can anyone recommed something to soothe her, while she is in “isolation”? I do go in and talk to her but limit my time in the room with her, becuase I am afraid of being re-infected! (i have held her for a couple of min and then put my clothes in washer and take a shower, but only hold her for a couple of mins.) Thanks!
Thanks so much to the first two reponders, your answers were very heartfelt and sincerely appreciated!
I think this is one of the saddest stories I’ve ever seen on this site. You have my sympathy now, seriously. Your breeder should be shot and then eaten by rabid wolverines for being so irresponsible.
This is such a tough situation for both of you. You can perhaps try to put an article of clothing with your scent on it, but nothing’s really going to be a substitute for your arms or physical presence. You can also try a loudly ticking clock or a radio so she doesn’t feel quite so alone.
Will pray for you and your puppy to get better very soon. Good luck.