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Jane Lefler, Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst
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I brought my dog to the clinic twon months ago for

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HI Jane - I brought my dog to the clinic twon months ago for sever itching and mild hair loss. Shetested negative for mites/mange scabies via skin scraoing. SHe was given a cortisone shot for suspected allergies and responded well to it. 1 month later she was back for recurrent symptoms and was put on apoquel 8 mg 2x/day for 6 weeks. We ran out of medicine and after 5 days off she began to lose her hair again and scratched incessantly at night. I think she has mites. I have treated her as such with natural remedies ( all natural mite shampoo and borax/H2O2 combo) as well as spraying/cleaning entire house, beds, etc. with same borax/H2O2 combo. Is there anything else I should be doing to get rid of this once and for all? Any and all advice would be well appreciated. Best,
Bella's Mom
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Hi Sir or Madam,
Thanks for requesting me. I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.
Your dog is 2 years old. Most dogs with the non contagious mites (demodectic) are under a year of age as it is a lowered immune response that allows the mites to breed uncontrolled and cause the itchiness and infection and hair loss. This type of mike can be difficult to see on a skin scraping. The other type of mite (sarcoptic) is contagious and is usually seen on a skin scraping. This leads me to believe that it is likely not to be mites. However, let me give you treatment methods for mange mites.
Amitraz Pour On (Mitaban Rx) dip done every other week for 6 to 8 applications or until 2 consecutive skin scrapings is one treatment. Ivermectin is also frequently used to treat mange but should not be used on herding breeds. Some herding breeds are hypersensitive to the drug and it can kill them. This is available from feed stores like tractor supply. You can read about precautions, usage and dosing information here.
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/ivermectin-ivomec-heartgard/page1.aspx
And about toxicity here:
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/ivermectin-toxicity/page1.aspx
Now I would think that allergies are the more likely cause and the medication would help for this cause as well. I would recommend having allergy testing done. Your dog is young enough that it will be cost effective to have it done and know what the allergen is rather than guessing if it is a food, pollen, new cleaning item, or even new furniture, etc. Read about allergy testing here:
http://www.varlallergy.com/index.html
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1587&aid=504
With allergies, it is important to note that even after you remove the allergen from the dogs environment or stop feeding it to them, it can take 6 weeks or longer to see improvement AND any skin infection also needs to be cleared. So if you find the allergen and it can be avoided, I'd continue on the other medication for a little while until the allergen is gone and out of her system.
Read about allergies here:
http://www.nhahonline.vetsuite.com/Templates/ContentPages/Articles/ViewArticleContent.aspx?Id=864
http://www.lbah.com/allergy.htm
Here is a site that goes over itching in dogs.
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/pruritus-itchiness-in-dogs/page1.aspx
I hope this information is helpful to you. If you need more information or clarification, please reply and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. If you are satisfied, please take the opportunity to rate.

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