|Barked: Sat Feb 16, '13 1:45am PST |
|Toto that's my understanding of demodex. It's totally treatable. Everything has demodex even humans. They're supposed to be one of those symbiotic critters and not a pest at all, only sometimes something goes haywire and they either provoke a histamine response, or they beccome overpopulated.
It's really nothing more than a vet prescribed topical treatment for the rash, and immune system boosters, vitamin E, sunlight or vit D suppliment, witch hazel, sometimes steroids by the vet's reccomendation, low stress environment, and good high protein well balanced food, and wash the blankets every day. The mange usually clears up by the time the puppy is a year old. It's not a good reason to spay either. Your vet is telling you something questionable. Spaying should be at your discretion and judgement alone, or for serious genetic problems that are actually genetic, like liver shunts or double merle.
you should keep her. the reason you think of terrible scabby skin with mange is because the dogs that get that way usually don't have someone who loves and cares for them all the time. You should never abandon a chihuahua. . . you should know that it looks like you've got 1 chi per year for the past 3. They are very sensitive to pack changes. In fact, stress from taking her from mom and into a new environment may be a reason for the trouble showing up. Just give time and love, that's all.
Edited by author Sat Feb 16, '13 1:56am PST
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