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    Had anyone had any experience with the above before? Bella has been having skin issues for a month or so now and we finally went to the vet yesterday and he said she may have mites. We've got her on a course of antibiotics, she has had a steroid shot to stop any itching and we have to wash her every few days with malesab and clean her ears every second day as well and I've given her advantage (I think its called... what ever it is, its bloody expensive) it apparently helps prevent a few types of mites. It is already looking better so fingers crossed it clears up in the next 10 days or we are off for skin scrapings.

    I am not sure how she picked it up, I would have thought if one had it all of our animals would have it but Harley is perfectly fine.

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    I thought i saw a not so hairy rump on her in the pics. Never had mite issues sorry but did the vet explain how to use Malaseb to the best effect??

    My vet said to leave it on for at least 10 preferably 15 minutes then wash off but dont towel dry......keeping a eye on her to make sure she dosnt lick it off. Easier said than done but it worked a treat for Mojos skin issue we had last year which hasnt returned.
    He owns a boxer with major skin issues (not sure what type though)...and he was a big fan of Malaseb.
    ANyway hope it works for ya's. Skin issues can be so tricky to treat especially if ya dont know the cause of it. Give the voluptious Bella a ear rub from me and the giant pug


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    Nah her bum always looks like that . It is really only on her face and the top of her head/ears and she has a few spots on her back. Its just odd... at first we thought it may have been something she was touching like a weed, so we fixed that and it did nothing. We changed her food which didn't do anything either. I feel bad, I should have taken her to the vet sooner but life is so busy it seems lately!

    When I wash her I keep her on lead and we just walk around the yard for 10 minutes, that way she is busy and won't lick or sit in stuff or roll around. I've been washing her with it on and off for about a month or so now, and it did improve it a lot.

    Here is a picture of the area...


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    Oh my god Jadie, that is pretty full on!! I haven't ever heard of them, but I am hoping the vet can get on to it!! Poor Bella!!!

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    It might just be eczema but the pattern looks like the beginnings of mange to me - if he starts developing black scabs or dry pustules on it you will know for sure. You can suffocate the mites by applying a large amount of vaseline to the area and reapplying it every few hours. Like your vet said, if it's mange it's probably demodex, but if you've got foxes or sheep in your area it's possible they are sarcoptes which will make the affected areas very itchy amd flaky. If the mange is sarcoptic you need to avoid contact as much as possible because sarcoptic mites can be easily spread to humans.

    Demodectic mites are pretty common and are asymptomatic a lot of the time unless your dog has some other as yet unknown health problem that is wearing down his immune system. I would start treating your other dogs for mites too, because even if you don't see any mange the chances are they will have an amount of mites as well that are not yet visible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mosh View Post
    It might just be eczema but the pattern looks like the beginnings of mange to me - if he starts developing black scabs or dry pustules on it you will know for sure. You can suffocate the mites by applying a large amount of vaseline to the area and reapplying it every few hours. Like your vet said, if it's mange it's probably demodex, but if you've got foxes or sheep in your area it's possible they are sarcoptes which will make the affected areas very itchy amd flaky. If the mange is sarcoptic you need to avoid contact as much as possible because sarcoptic mites can be easily spread to humans.

    Demodectic mites are pretty common and are asymptomatic a lot of the time unless your dog has some other as yet unknown health problem that is wearing down his immune system. I would start treating your other dogs for mites too, because even if you don't see any mange the chances are they will have an amount of mites as well that are not yet visible.
    she did have black looking things... they were like blackheads but they have nearly all gone now. This creeps me out! I might get Harley some of the same spot on stuff Bella is on as it prevents it. Our neighbours have a sheep and we've probably got foxes in the back paddock but Bella doesn't go in there.

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    Oh, poor little girl it looks awful.
    I remember K&P once saying that all (??) dogs carry mange mites but when the immune system
    is down then the colonies start breeding like crazy and you have a problem.

    We had a little foster girl here who looked a bit mangy. It freaked me out so I gave them both a
    teaspoon of Vit C powder each day (4000 mg). Along with the diet change all her fur grew back over time.
    4000 mg sounds a lot but if they have raw bones will not get the runs. Maybe halve that.

    I can't use Malaseb - if a get even a tiny splash on my skin I am sick for 48 hrs (in bed - can't move).
    Hope the lovely Bella is better soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chubbsecurity View Post
    Oh, poor little girl it looks awful.
    I remember K&P once saying that all (??) dogs carry mange mites but when the immune system
    is down then the colonies start breeding like crazy and you have a problem.

    We had a little foster girl here who looked a bit mangy. It freaked me out so I gave them both a
    teaspoon of Vit C powder each day (4000 mg). Along with the diet change all her fur grew back over time.
    4000 mg sounds a lot but if they have raw bones will not get the runs. Maybe halve that.

    I can't use Malaseb - if a get even a tiny splash on my skin I am sick for 48 hrs (in bed - can't move).
    Hope the lovely Bella is better soon.
    Thanks maybe its time for a diet overhaul or some vitimines for her!

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    Oh bless her, poor little love, hope the Malaseb works and Bella is on the mend soon.

    Good idea to walk around on the lead for 10 minutes, will have to remember that one

    Must be frustrating not knowing what's causing it. If only they could talk...

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    Rosie had demodex when she was a very wee tiny puppy, Robert thought she probably contracted them at birth.

    She didn't have any redness at all, just baldness where the mites were eating the hair shaft. Her meds were CSIRO controlled at the time, and diagnosis had to be confirmed by them on top of Robert (skin scrapings) for them to release the prescription... very toxic stuff that was measured in mls per kilo, so considering her size at the time, it was pretty full on. It was a multi week course, and I had to sign a stat dec declaring that I wasn't pregnant or planning on doing so whilst administering the meds - we were pretty freaked out at the time.

    There are many different types of mange - the most virulent is Fox Mange, which dogs can pick up just by rubbing up a gainst a tree that a manged fox has visited, and given Australia's fox population, that's going to be pretty common for most off leash areas.

    I'd be betting on some form of mange... wait for the skin scrapings to identify which one.

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