|Barked: Sat Jan 6, '07 5:10pm PST |
|Bathing is fine, assuming the medication you're giving isn't topical.
As for reporting the breeder...demodectic mange is caused by mites, but all dogs have these mites. It's not a case of not being clean. Instead, some dogs (especially puppies) won't be able to keep the mites in check because of weak immune systems, so the mites overgrow and cause mange. In most cases with puppies, they will outgrow the mange without any treatment because their immune systems will get better as they mature.
That said, if your breeder had multiple puppies that ended up with demodectic mange, that's more of an indication of breeding/raising puppies with weak immune systems, not dirty puppies. Perhaps you should look into what she does when the puppies are young. In order to keep the puppies as healthy as possible, you'd want to make sure that they aren't weaned too early nor given their puppy shots too early (8 weeks should be the earliest for shots).
Here's a page with some information about demodectic mange.
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