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My dog has been getting open wounds few weeks now. Lately

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My dog has been getting open wounds for a few weeks now. Lately more of them, more often. We think that it is red mange but how can we be sure? Without having to go to the vet.
Submitted: 11 months ago via Dog-Health-Guide.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Joey replied 11 months ago.

Hello I am Dr. Joey. Thanks for trusting me to help you and your pet today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 16 years of experience. I look forward to working with you.

Great questions. Let me start by saying there are two types of mange: sarcoptic mange and demodectic mange. The first is very itchy and the second is not very itchy. The only way to diagnose this is by your veterinarian doing a skin scraping. Demodex is very easy to find on the skin. Sarcoptic mange is harder to find.

However, based on what you report I am not convinced he has either form of mange. Usually with sarcoptic mange you would have reported he is unbearably itchy. I am more concerned he has a significant bacterial or yeast infection on his skin. That being said, the absolute best way to know what is going on is to go to the vet. I know that is not the answer you want to hear. There is no way at home to do any sort of testing to know if he has mange, bacterial infection or yeast other than guessing.

However, if circumstances are such that you are unable to have Stormy seen right now, then I can make a few hints at home that might provide some relief safely and might actually help tremendously if this is a bacterial infection. IF he was my patient and you were unable to have him examined I might recommend you try:
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1)Give him an antihistamine to help reduce itching, such as (choose one): Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25mg at 1 mg per 10 pounds every 12 hours OR Claritin OTC (if less than 25 lbs give ½ tablet every 24 hours)

2)Bathe in a good antibacterial shampoo such as Selsun Blue every 7 days. When you bathe, lather and let stand in contact with skin for 5-10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly

3)Start on a fish oil supplement (this is anti-inflammatory over about 4-6 weeks)

4) For sores, you may safely apply neosporin or another topical antibiotic solution. But please do NOT apply topical hydrocortisone with there being any concern about mange (if this is demodex and you use any topical steroid then it will be very very tough to clear).

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