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dog: starting to loose patches of hair on his legs..bathe

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My wife and I have noticed that our dog is starting to loose hair on his underside and now is starting to spread he is now starting to loose patches of hair on his legs it seems to be getting worse. I bathe him every Sat. So it is not that he is Dirty. He is basically kept inside. He does seem to scratch a lot and he is always digging at himself. We did some research and we came up with something called Sarcoptic mange as a diognostic. Unfortuneatly due to being laid-off I am unable to afford a vet at this time. Is their a home remedy that we may be able administer. I have heard that if you masage used motor oil on the affected area and then wash it off in 24 hrs, this gets rid of mange. We do love the dog but we need to get rid of the mange but again can not afford a vet at this time. PLEASE HELP
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
Motor oil may kill your dog and this is not a treatment for mange at all.
Your dog might have mange or it might have allergies to flea bites or the food you feed him.
He might have a fungal infection called ringworm.
He could have a generalized bacterial infection of the skin too.
You can see if a shampoo with a flea shampoo containing pyrethrins will help him.
You can see if your vet will sell you Revolution for heartworm control as this may help with mange mites too.
Talk to your vet and tell him you are currently out of work but your dog needs care and see if they will work with you.
If you need help financing vet care see if www.carecredit.com can help you.
Check and see if any of your local shelters have a program to help with pet care for low income pet owners.
See if www.imom.com can help you.
Don't use motor oil on your dog if you love him.
Hope this helps you!

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