Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: West Coast, Canada
She was only spayed two months ago, at the age of 1.5 years. She got her rabies shot a year ago, and when they did the spay, they tested her titre dp/v levels, and she was fine, so she didn't get anything else. Unless the vet has missed something, all her shots should be up to date.
I actually came across the home test (like you say, running your fingers along the ear) which is supposed to be 95% accurate, and got nothing. She maybe scratches her ears a few times an hour. I'd think with this mange stuff, she'd be scratching it a lot more frequently?
I wonder if it's just some wierd food thing, or other thing, like you say, seasonal itch. She's been doing it a few weeks, and if it was mange, it should have gotten a lot worse by now I'd think? The only change I'd say is the little spots have grown in number on her ear in a few weeks. So like there's 5 of them now on one ear.
She's otherwise healthy, exercises well, eats raw almost all the time (other than a meal of kibble occasionally) and the scraps only amount to a couple of leftover tablespoons of food here and there.
So I'm thinking it's probably not mange, but what the heck is it... And a $70 vet bill. If they test it, they need to check the scrapings under a microscope - and I wonder if a lab charge would be on top of the vet visit too... That's why I didn't want to just jump the gun and panic.
Do healthy dogs, who live indoors almost all the time, living in urban areas, get mange? I want to see if I can assign a probability to this...
Working line female born Feb. 2011