this is most distressing -- this is exactly what was at issue for this thread http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...-problems.html
It isn't so much that some *new* disease has emerged , but some virulent , form which defies management .
It is not that some new disease has developed . What we are seeing is the beginning of drug resistant , virulent , types of skin problems , approaching the flesh eating disease severity.
anti biotics ???? speculation is that this is partly to blame --
the body is a mini - living universe , eco-system. We and dogs are hosts to mites, bacteria , and yeast and fungal spores . All kept in check by the integrity of the immune system . That is why digestion is so very important.
When a dog gets a vaccine as a pup , which is at a time when the immune system itself is maturing there is a challenge to the immune and depending on that dogs overall hardiness or not , may have a mild case of demodex , which will self correct , if the immune is strong , or devolve into a generalized mess .
Now what is being questioned and will become a study is to determine what the balance of a healthy dogs skin actually is .
When there is a dysbiosis , an upset to the bacterial flora , yeast and fungal malassezia can develop .
The problem is and the study questions how have mites evolved . Is there something within the terrain which allows one species or variety of mite , which previously, held in check, is allowed to flourish and gain hold , much the same as beneficial and harmful bacteria in the gut keep a homeostasis or balance.
All living things have a powerful drive to live and thrive -- insects , just look at cockroaches -- adapt and evolve, we have rat poison resistant rats, we have molds which have evolved, bacteria most definitely with so many super-bugs which are anti biotic resistant , mites, why not? and under study , the evolution of yeasts and fungi , (cancer and organ donor research already looking in to this) .
I would look into getting the best you can to build, restore that immune system . I would look into alternative practices. The dog just can not live on a long term anti biotic course. This is non selective . There will be no immune system left .