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    I will make a point of asking for them to do a scraping CairnsVet.
    Thanks everyone for the advice. She is booked into the vet, and at this stage I am not to worried as the only hair loss is the 3 spots on her legs and she doesn't seem to be in any discomfort(no scratching nibbling or even licking of the area) she is eating well ect

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    I would also take all precautions for ringworm and mange to make sure you don't spread it in or outside of your house until you know for sure what your dealing with.

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    Kristin we are precautions and all humans and animals are check daily for any possible signs. she is not currently socialising with other dogs. As for humans we are limiting our Contact with others also with other humans.

    Until the Vet gives the all clear we are going to assume it could be contagious.
    we would be silly not to.

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    Glad to see... Some people would still take dog in question out to socialise without a sideways thought.

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    Sometimes a skin scraping won't detect the mites that cause mange but they are still there lurking somewhere.
    I've used neem oil successfully to treat mange in my dogs before, it's also good for a lot of other skin problems too, it's cheap and low in toxicity.
    Sometimes hot spots and bald patches can be a food allergy (typically wheat) and kibble fed dogs can show similar symptoms to those, a lot of the time they have an itchy anus when they have food allergies.
    Last edited by Bundybear; 02-22-2011 at 07:15 AM.

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    Default Mange?

    There are 2 main types of mange in dogs, sarcoptic mange (Scabies)and demodectic mange. Scabies can be hard to detect and is usually intensely itchy, but is easily treated with products like advocate.
    Demodectic mange is usually very easy for a vet to diagnose but requires prolonged treatment (3 months or more of weekly injections) to kill the mites.

    Re: neem oil for mange:
    If no mites are found, its probably not mange. There are many skin diseases which cause hair loss and scabby skin: these are commonly caused by other parasites like fleas and bacterial infections. Controlling these and attending to basic hygeine allows the hair to grow back.

    Many people use the term "mange" to describe any dog with a skin problem (" a mangy dog") but it does have a specific medical meaning.

    Neem is supposed to be good for skin and has some anti-flea effect so could help with lots of skin diseases. I have never heard it being effective for demodex or scabies.

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    wouldn't mind an update to find out what the results of the tests were.

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