Saturday, May 19, 2012

Does Your Dog Have Allergies or Mange

Both allergies and the mange are potentially serious, if you choose to wait for the symptoms disappear, you could lose your dog. Both have similar symptoms, such as red bumps, itching and sores on the skin.

The sooner you find the right diagnoses, the sooner your dog will be healthy again. Your vet will take a skin scraping to check for mites, the test he will perform is pedal-reflex test, but this test comes with limitations also.

If your dog has allergies, the reaction will usually disappear after 36 hours, if you have removed everything, which could have caused the reaction.  If the symptoms persist, your dog will more than likely have mange.

You can do a simple test on your own, to see if you dog might possibly have mange, scrape your dog’s outer ear with your fingers, if he tries to scratch his ear with his hind leg, then he will probably have`1 mites.

Your vet can check your dog’s skin scrapings under a microscope and check for mites, which could possibly cause mange. Skin scrapings will not always show mites, if this is your dog’s results, than start immediately to treat their condition as you would mange.

Home Mite Treatments:

1) Place three to five drops of mineral oil in your dog’s ear canal with an eyedropper, then gently message the ear. After two hours, wipe their ear with a cotton ball or soft tissue. Use this procedure twice a week, for a period of three weeks.

2) You can make a soothing mite ointment at home, using 1 cup calamine lotion, 1 cup aloe vera gel and 1 cup soluble sulphur. Mix ingredients thoroughly in a large pan, add 1 gallon distilled water and bring mixture to a boil, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. After cooling, poor mixture into a clean sealed jar. Use the treatment once a week, for 3 to 4 weeks. Apply to the dog’s entire body making sure to get between the toes and feet. Leave mixture on the dog’s body and let them air dry.

3) Wash your dog with medicated shampoo and cover the entire body with petroleum jelly, this will suffocate mites and alleviates any skin irritants, repeat every other day for no less than 2 weeks.

4) Using an acne cream, containing 5 percent concentration of benzoyl peroxide; to fight against mites, may  be apply to your dogs infected areas, 3 times a week for 2 weeks. 

5) Medications such as Revolution and Frontline should be used especially around harvest time to prevent your dog from being infected with fleas and skin mites. This treatment is to be applied once a month, between your dog’s shoulder blades, the dog can get wet within 2 hours without reapplying. This treatment will also aid in keeping your dog free of mange. These treatments are by prescription and purchased through your vet.

As with any treatment, you should always check with your vet to insure your dog’s safety and optimal health benefits.

Does Your Dog Have Allergies or Mange is a Guest Post by Dr. Susan Wright DMV:

Dr. Susan Wright DMV is a veterinarian with more than a decade of experience. Susan is a writer and serves as a dog bark collar expert. Dr. Wright and her staff share their love of dogs both professionally and personally by writing informational and entertaining pieces on the proper care of domestic animals.

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