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Old 11-20-2012, 05:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When taking our 6 month old GSD to the vet to have her stitches taken out from her spay, she had a red skin irritation. The worst areas were under her legs. The vet did the skin scrape for mites which came back negative but decided to treat for that anyway. She's now gone back to the vet 3 times spaced out 2 weeks apart for shots of ivermectin. The skin redness has gotten better but not her scratching, particularly her ears and under legs. Just wanted to reach out to see if anyone has any ideas on this. Supposed to take her back to the vet again this Friday. Thank you.


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Old 11-20-2012, 05:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They must be thinking sarcoptic mange.

It is intensely itchy.

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Old 11-20-2012, 05:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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When taking our 6 month old GSD to the vet to have her stitches taken out from her spay, she had a red skin irritation. The worst areas were under her legs. The vet did the skin scrape for mites which came back negative but decided to treat for that anyway. She's now gone back to the vet 3 times spaced out 2 weeks apart for shots of ivermectin. The skin redness has gotten better but not her scratching, particularly her ears and under legs. Just wanted to reach out to see if anyone has any ideas on this. Supposed to take her back to the vet again this Friday. Thank you.


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Also likely a concurrent yeast infection...but for some, vets don't hone in on this first.

Has your dog played w/coyotes or any other dogs at park who have mange? Not likely to have, but be safe? Was the dog on flea and tick prevention and was it for mites to - like revolution? If No, then it is probably a yeast infection caused by an imblance in the immune system frm early puppy shots and stress of growing and dealing w/natures hazzards, learning and growing. Most pups immune systems aren't fully developed until at least 6months, so chance this is the reaction of a stressed one and yeast proliferate.

I think Carmen said bath in mane and tail (horse and human stuff - at walmart) or selsen blue - for external yeast cure and reduce itch, as well rub raw organic cold pressed coconut oil (Nutiva good brand), on the area's - anti-bacteria, microbial, anti-yeast

and/or check out Carmens Sh-emp oil, the best of three worlds, use that as primary omega + (plus) suppliment...work from the inside on inflammation and yeast
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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particularly her ears and under legs.
If you rub this dog's ears, does she bring her hind leg up to scratch? If so that's a classic sign of sarcoptic mange.
Please do not switch your dog's treatment before finishing in case it is sarctopic mange.
Sarcoptic mange, if you check out the link I provided, is contagious to other pets and humans.
Coyotes aren't the only things to transmit sarcoptic mange. Dogs can get it anywhere.
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Why wouldn't the vet tell them if it was sarcoptic mange, especially if skin scrapes came back negative?
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Sarcoptic mange is difficult if not impossible to find on skin scrape. So it could certainly be that.
(check out the link I provided above for information on it)
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Sarcoptic mange is difficult if not impossible to find on skin scrape. So it could certainly be that.
(check out the link I provided above for information on it)
True, it is rarely found in the skin scrape. I took in a dog from a local shelter that tested negative, but had hair loss and was very itchy. The shelter did not treat her because of the negative skin scrape. My vet treated her and she improved as the treatment progressed. Unfortunately sarcoptic mange is hard to prove and sometimes dogs are treated for allergies forever, because the cause of the itch is the mange.
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The only time she's around other dogs is once a week at obedience classes other than when she went to the vet for her surgery. After the first two shots it didn't seem like she was any better but after the last one she stopped scratching for a while but now almost two weeks later it's starting again. We've had her on advantage multi once a month and now they've had us go with frontline two weeks in between that as well.


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If you rub this dog's ears, does she bring her hind leg up to scratch??

Pedal-Pinna Reflex Test for Mange | Mange Treatments

To administer the Pedal-Pinna Reflex Test, simply take the dog’s ear and scratch the underside (the pinna). Make sure that your scratch is firm enough to be felt. This is not to be a gentle rubbing or a slight tickle. Make it a good scratch and continue the scratching motion for a few seconds. If your dog reaches up with his hind leg and scratches the area, this is an indication that he may have sarcoptic mange.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:58 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Ivermectin is used for Demodectic Mange not Sarcoptic Mange.
Revilution is used for Sarcoptic, appied every two weeks for three treatments.
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