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Jane Lefler, Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst
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My neibore keeps throw her dog shit in my french yard her

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my neibore keeps throw her dog shit in my french yard her dog has mange really bad now my 9mos old puppies is getting it I try everyday to keep my yard pick but she throws her cat and dog shit in my yard so I need to fix my yard
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the dog?
Customer: shake her ears all the time and she losing hair and her skin is really red on her feet and the back of her feet I have ck my dogs ear mites her ears are clean but she been dig at they really bad
JA: There are all sorts of infestations your dog can pick up. I'll have you talk to the Veterinarian who'll sort out what is wrong and help you decide what to do about it. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: boots and she 9 mos old just had spayed and hernia repair two wks ago thur wag in eugene
JA: How old is boots?
Customer: nine months old
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about boots?
Customer: no
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 4 months ago.

Hi JaCustomer,

My name is ***** ***** 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.

In order to supply you with an informed answer, it is necessary for me to collect some additional information from you. When I receive your response or reply, it will likely take me between 30-45 minutes to type up my reply if I am still online when I receive notice that you replied. I hope you can be patient.

Did the vet diagnose boots as having mange?

If so, did he tell you if it was demodectic or sarcoptic mange?

How old is the neighbors dog?

Do you know what kind of mange the neighbors dog has?

Is your dog on the same food as it has always been on?

Have you given your dog any new treats?

What have you tried so far?

Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 4 months ago.

Hi again,

I was hoping to get some responses back before answer but I don't want your dog to suffer.

Unfortunately, there are many conditions that can cause a dog to experience hair loss including ringworm, mange, hypothyroidism, cushing disease and allergies. So let me go over those first and then I'll address how to treat mange.

Ringworm can have a scaly reddish rash around the edges of the bare patches though there can be a rash in the bare area as well. Any over the counter antifungal cream for ringworm will work on this. The cream should be applied to an area slightly larger and for about a week after it appears to have cleared up. There are two types of mange and mange is actually caused by mites. Usually hair loss starts in specific areas of the body before spreading to other areas. Allergies are a frequent cause of scratching and hair loss and an be caused by many different things. Treating any problem without knowing for sure what it is causes a delay in the treatment of the real problem if your first guess is wrong. I really suggest you have your Vet examine the areas and diagnose this. Below are websites that will go into more detail on these conditions.

Here is a website on Ringworm:

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_ringworm.html

Here is two on Mange.

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_demodectic_mange.html

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_sarcoptic_mange.html

Hypothyroidism and cushing on these pages:

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/hypothyroidism-in-dogs/page1.aspx

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/hyperadrenocorticism-cushing-s-syndrome-in-dogs/page1.aspx

You can read up on allergies here:

http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/pet-health-information/article/animal-health/allergy-general-in-dogs/428

http://www.lbah.com/word/canine/skin-allergies/

If you suspect an allergy condition is to blame, you can give your dog Benadryl up to 2mg per pound every 8 hours.

There might be a secondary skin condition in addition to the allergy such as staph dermatitis or yeast dermatitis. Staph usually occurs on the lower regions of your pet and tends to have small pimple type bumps. Shampoo containing Chlorhexiderm and/or Oatmeal can help with this condition though it does not cure the allergy. Yeast typically shows as a greasy area that has a sweet musty odor. Sometimes the skin can become inflamed, darker and thickened due to itching. Yeast likes areas such as between toes, armpits and ears. Selsun Blue Shampoo can help with Yeast dermatitis. When shampooing, lather and leave on 15 minutes before rinsing. These shampoos are not meant to be a cure, just a relief until your pet can see a Vet.

There is also a condition called alopecia which is basically hair loss. You can read all about it in this article:

http://www.dvmnewsmagazine.com/dvm/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=7250

Some treatment methods for this are discussed on the following site. You might want to discuss this possibility with your vet.

http://www.vin.com/proceedings/Proceedings.plx?CID=WSAVA2004&PID=8629&O=Generic

Amitraz Pour On (Mitaban Rx) dip done every other week for 6 to 8 applications or until 2 consecutive skin scrapings is one treatment for mange. 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. 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

Additionally, there is some problems reported with using spinosad (comfortis) with ivermectin so I would check with your vet to be sure you are not using both concurrently.

Some studies have shown that topical application of 2.5% moxidectin–10% imidacloprid is effective against generalized demodectic mange. This might be a good alternative treatment for dogs with a sensitivity to ivermectin or herding breed dogs with the gene mutation causing ivermectin sensitivity. You treat weekly and have skin scrapings and exams done monthly. Treatment continues for one month after 2 consecutive negative scraping and then treatment should be continued once a month to prevent reoccurance if the dog is an older dog with compromised immune system

I've had some success with topical Happy Jack Mange treatment, but I will warn you that it smells like sulfur and stains everything it touches. It is not a good idea to have your dog in the house with this on it. However, I did see hair regrowth in a week with this product. I was also using ivermectin as well.

I hope this information is helpful to you. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have . If you do find this helpful, please take this opportunity to rate my answer positively so I am compensated for my time.

Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 4 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Jane Lefler
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 3 months ago.

Hi Again,

I'm just writing to find out how Boots is doing and if you were able to get a skin scraping done to verify it is mange or not. I do hope you found my answer helpful and will let me know if you did.