Help! My pups are loosing hair, red dots on legs, red skin and constant itching?
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June 16, 2019 / By Cenric Question:
My 4 pups have their vaccines, they have red itchy skin, red dots on their legs, they constantly scratch. We took them to the vet. He gave us medicine for worms and since one of my dogs is going bald, she has a specific medicine. I showered one of my pups and noticed his skin got red. I started to check all of his body and saw many red dots under his feet. He constantly cries when he scratches. I gave them all their medicine but ugh it isnt working. I dont know what they have. Are there any home remedies for this uncontrollable itching. I give them pedigree food. They wake up at night to scratch. This has been going around for like a month or so. Any home remedies or idea of what this could be? I know this isnt flees because they had flees long before this happened but now they are going crazy! Now that they have much less flees.
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Allyster | 4 days ago
It is very possible that your pups are suffering from a demodex mite infestation. Puppies have a high propensity to be afflicted with demodectic mange due to their immature immune system. Demodex mites are actually present in most dogs and under normal conditions cause no harm. Puppies get the mites when in close contact with the mother while nursing but if the mite population can't be controlled by their still immature immune system, they develop mange.
In most cases, the mange condition will disappear when the pup's immune system develops and can keep the mites in check. If you wish to banish this condition sooner, you must be extremely careful as to how you treat it and there are safe and affordable ways to cure it.
As you may already know and for the benefit of those who read this post and are not familiar with this problem, mange is a skin condition caused by tiny mites that you can't see with the naked eye. There are three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy).
The typical symptoms as the mange condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin. If the condition causes itchiness, scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections (bacterial or fungal) that may cause an unpleasant odor. Unfortunately, (except in the case of puppies with immature immune systems) mange does not go away on its own and the lesions continue to spread so it should be treated as soon as possible.
The most common type of mange today is demodectic mange (not contagious type) which is caused by a weak or regardless of the type of mange involved, compromised immune system due mainly to factors such as immaturity (as in the case of puppies), improper nutrition (commercial food being the main culprit) and advanced age.
Vets can do a deep skin scraping and check the sample under a microscope to detect the presence and type of mite. However, everyone should be aware that there are some very serious problems caused by the use of the most common prescribed treatments and there are safe and affordable alternative treatments to cure any type.
Regardless of the type of mange, in order to cure it you need to treat with a medication that kills the mites. The mange medications most often prescribed by vets contain pesticides and other toxic chemicals that are detrimental to your dog's health with resulting health issues that you will have to face sooner or later. These medications include Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). See the links that follow for toxicology information. It is always advisable to check the veterinary drug database for the side effects of any medication prescribed by your vet http://www.drugs.com/vet/
Thankfully, there are a number of effective alternative treatments out there that are safe and natural at a reasonable cost that will kill the mites. You can easily do some research in the Internet to find out about these and compare your options.
I prefer the 'spray type' because it is inexpensive, very effective, convenient to use (no mixing and no mess), and it is natural and harmless to pets and humans.
Hope this helps.
There are other skin disorders that can resemble mange. For details see answer :
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Bumps and itch all over the body are signs of allergy and are rarely caused by insects (very rare). The reason is the each insect tends to effect a specific location (s) on the body. When the reaction is generalized, meaning everywhere, it is usually some type of allergy.
Allergy also explains why you would have a skin reaction and the person sleeping next to you would not.
There are many causes of allergy including things in your environment and what you eat. Look closely at new foods, or any new places that you might be eating. Pay particular attention to dairy products and wheat products. One simple solution would be to simplify your diet for two weeks to a simple protein and carb. For example, for dinner have chicken and rice. Lunch turkey slices and a drink etc.
Review any new blankets, detergents etc as these can all be a cause. To your point on dry skin, this can also cause it given the amount of time spent indoors.
If these simple steps can't solve the problem, then see a dermatologist or allergist for testing.
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The only thing I can tell you is take them back to the vet. It may be an allergic reaction to the medication. Also, you really should look into getting rid of the fleas and stop feeding them pedigree dog food. Pedigree is not a good brand of food.Try to find something that does not contain corn or animal by products, these things can also cause allergies. Here is a great website for dog food advice: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/
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