|10-24-2013 02:03 PM|
I'm answering based on your questions that you haven't been to a vet to have your dogs diagnosed? if I am incorrect please update.
Ivermectin is used to treat certain types of mange effectively but at a higher dose then what is used for heartworm prevention. In a rescue group I've worked with they have used ivermectin to treat mange in rescue dogs but it was under the supervision of a veterinarian. First you have to determine what type of mange the dog has (or if it even is mange, it could be other diseases/allergies), then an appropriate dosage for x amount of time. I've seen treatments that start with a higher dose then back off as time goes on.
I'm not aware of ivermectin being used for tick infestations though....
The types of mange, the dosage and proper administration of the ivermectin (oral or injection) should be determined by a veterinarian.
I honestly don't think you should take a chance using ivermectin for mange without consulting a vet.
I see you are in the Phillipines so I hope you have access to a vet?
|10-24-2013 09:55 AM|
|scotty22||I would recommend getting the test for the MDR1 gene before starting treatment with Ivermectin. I just got it done on my boy Cash and as mentioned here in pervious post Washington State University performs this test. They will send you a packet with 2 check swab test strips and complete instructions on how to obtain the sample. The price of the test is $70.00 and the results are given in about 5 days. Here is the link to the website: Test your Dog for the mutant MDR1 gene. Information from the VCPL at Washington State University. Good luck!|
|10-24-2013 09:12 AM|
washington state university does the testing.
My aussie is mutant/mutant for the MDR1 gene..1/3 of aussies carry the gene in one form or another.
Anyhow, at one point she did have sarcoptic mange, we did two 'dips' , and that worked.
Being the OP is in the philippines, not sure what options there are in his region.
Have you taken the dog to a vet? Is that what he's suggesting?
I believe here, the ivermectin treatment is NOT an injection, but pill form. Have you tried the 'dips?",,not sure they would take care of ticks..
|10-24-2013 08:11 AM|
|Rangers_mom||They would not test for the mutation in a normal blood test. We had to send it to a special lab at some University, can't remember which one now. I live in the Philadelphia area and I am surrounded by vet schools (UPenn, Cornell...) and I remember that it didn't go to any of those schools so it is a very specialized test. If you are concerned you could ask your vet.|
|10-23-2013 11:59 PM|
|Freddy||We did do a blood test but I don't know if she was tested for the mutation since I was not aware of that issue|
|10-23-2013 11:32 PM|
|Rangers_mom||I actually had my Aussie tested for the MDR1 mutation and he tested positive. The test was about $100. I haven't had my GSD tested because they are less likely to have the mutation. Still they are more likely than most dogs. If you are concerned you might want to get him tested for the mutation first.|
|10-23-2013 11:10 PM|
After treating a yest infection and mange on my bitch for a over year with no results, I switched vets. I went to a guy recommended by a couple IPO buddies, a guy that works with a lot of GSDs including K9s.
He gave two shots of ivermectin a couple weeks apart, ran a blood test that revealed hypo thyroid, and put her on meds for that as well.
A month later she (6 yrs old at the time) was like a new dog. The spots all over her body were gone, her rat tail was growing back, the pigment in her coat was returning, she didn't stink anymore, and her energy level was through the roof.
At 6, she looked like a sickly 10. At 7, she is fully recovered and acts like she's a healthy young dog. Her energy levels are through the roof.
After throwing several thousand dollars at blood tests and meds I was happy to drop the fool that misdiagnosed her condition and am extremely pleased with the results from a guy that treated her properly. I'd call her condition extreme, and the results shocking and wonderful.
|10-23-2013 10:26 PM|
Hi Gwenhwyfair. Thank you for your reply. My dogs are infested with mange and ticks that is why I asked experts opinion.
I know Collies are more susceptible to MDR1 Gene Mutation, but I want to be sure if it will also affects other herding breeds like Malinois and GSD's in particular.
I have read some articles regarding Ivermectin on GSD's, but I want to hear from breeders who personally tried it.
|10-23-2013 11:20 AM|
The ivermectin problem is not as common in GSDs but to be safe you can check with a veterinarian.
MDR1 Gene Mutation/Heartguard/Ivermectin WARNING
|10-23-2013 11:08 AM|
Hello. Why do you need to inject the ivermectin?
Usually it is only used orally as a heartworm preventative and under the supervision of a vet to treat certain forms of mange.
ETA: There are some dogs/breeds that cannot take ivermectin due to a genetic differences. I'll look up information and post a link for you on that specific problem.
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