Demodectic Mange also known as Red mange or Puppy Demodex is cause by an external parasite (mite). These mites are present in low numbers on ALL healthy animals. Whether the Dog can control the mites depends on its immune system at the time.Demodectic mange usually affects young dogs (less than 1 year of age) with immature immune systems and older dogs with weakened immune systems. Demodectic mange can be secondary to a skin infection,or allergy.
Some tips that play an extremely important roll in avoiding Demodectic Mange
Keep your puppy or Older dog in excellent health
Feed a premium dog food. don't continually switch your dogs food, this could lead skin allergies
Give Nu Vet Vitamins you can also add a 200mg Vitamin E, which boost immune systems
Avoid stress to your puppy
Do not let skin infection get out of control. If you see a spot on your dog take it to the vet. If they do a skin scrape and it is not demodex, but a skin infection treat it as they prescribe until cleared up. If you nearly get the skin infection cleared up but run out of antibiotics, take the puppy back to the vet and get some more. Sometimes staph skin infections are reoccurring, so if it comes back in 2 wks. treat again, ask your vet to consider an allergy causing the skin infection.
Avoid Cortisone's such as Prednisone. They give a quick boost to the immune system but actually suppress your puppies immune system in the long run. When the immune system is suppressed it lets the mites go rampant.
In older dogs, it is generally better if the underlying cause of the dog's immunosuppression (e.g., liver disorder, malnutrition, diabetes) can be diagnosed and treated
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Skin infections(pyoderma,staph) are present in most cases of Demodex and can contributes to the dog's immunosuppression. In most cases the skin infections must be addressed before topicall treatment of Demodex is initiated to lessen skin irritation and to allow better penetration of the topical solution.
The oral antibiotic must be administered at the proper dose and interval for a minimum of 4 weeks and for at least 2 weeks beyond complete healing of the lesions. Cephlexin is usually the drug of choice. Typically, antibiotics are administered for 6 to 8 weeks.
Normal dosage for a 50lb dog is 500mg 2 times a day until well. Always check with your vet for diagnois and instructions for giving any oral meds to your pet.
Note: Trimbull Bulldogs has produced this document for education purposes only. Our definitions of the common problems in English bulldogs are our opinions only.These opinions have been formed by years experience in the bulldog breed having read numerous articles over the years. ALWAYS consult your veterinarian with any problem that may occur.