|Barked: Fri Jan 23, '09 3:52pm PST |
|Hi! Giz and I have a lot of experience with Demodex (and I do mean me as well, she once gave my scarcoptic mange). I've had her for two and a half years and we've struggled with it the entire time. The good news is, it does get better. The bad news is, I think if a dog is susceptible they will always be susceptible. In fact my vet did a test on Giz for antibodies against mange and she turned up negative (referred to as a "tighter"? I believe). Which means she just doesn't fend off the buggers well.
Anyway, Giz had several bad outbreaks that included horrible hotspots and we did the dip and then followed it up with an oral treatment of ivomectrin. This combo seemed to help alot, and then the vet eventually eased her off the ivomectrin and said that a bi monthly dose of Revolution (the flea and tick med) would keep up the protection.
I will say even after her first couple of outbreaks and subsequent treatments, she still turns up with demodex, even as recently as this October. Which always leads us back to another round of ivomectrin (never had to go back to the dips though, her first outbreaks were the worst).
One connection I think I made that you may want to consider, is that Giz would get demodex when her immune system was weakened somehow. For her, the trigger was food allergies. So we worked with our vets to finally, this October, find a food that didn't exacerbate the condition. You may want to investigate any other skin problem she may have that trigger the demodex.
BTW- I'm not sure what shot you're referring to, I know I was never given the option of a shot, it was only ivomectrin. Then again, I was in Germany at the time, so maybe the protocol was different.
Good luck! Having an itchy dog is tough, you just feel bad for the little guys!
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