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Sarcoptic mange is treatable but it can take time and money to make it happen. Dermasil is not effective against the sarcoptic mange mites. Effective treatments might involve ivermectin, revolution and baths and dips for three months or longer.
Keep in mind that this dog should not be bred and will need to be neutered.
You need to be aware that this can be an expensive process and that sarcoptic mange IS contagious to other pets and sometimes even people.
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There is no such thing as a free puppy. Just think of all the care that the dog will need. Sarcoptic mange is not inexpensive to treat.
If you can afford it and are willing to accept the risks, by all means, get the puppy. This will be your good deed for a lifetime!
If the condition comes and goes when he is stressed, I would feel led to think that he has demodectic mange instead of sarcoptic mange. This is a whole different ballgame.
I suggest you see the vet with the puppy, have a skin scraping done and see what you are dealing with and go from there.
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The smell is probably from a secondary bacterial or fungal infection. Scratching abrades the skin and this allows bacterial to enter. Your vet can give you meds to clear it up.
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