|Barked: Mon Jul 11, '11 10:46pm PST |
|While we always suggest you see the Vet first...Some of these diagnosis are almost impossible for a Vet to make.
I have no experience with allergy itch, but will tell you what I know about Mange.
Sarcoptic mange is tricky....The insane itching is the primary symptom. The itch tends to be worse in the morning and evening, when the mites are active. Thin fur on the belly, and legs where it's itchy. If you look on her belly, in her "arm pits" you may spot what looks like pimples or bug bites. Sometimes you can see 3-4 little spots in a row, just a few milimeters apart.
You may only find a few. That's all it takes (ITCHY!!!). I caught mange mites from my foster dog Pamela, only on my left calf. My dogs were on Revolution and despite being close and sharing bedding, they didn't get it.
Sarcoptic mites are RARELY found in skin scrapings. ALMOST NEVER! Research the subject. IF you think she has mites, insist the Vet treat her for them.
Poor Pam had 3-4 skin scrapings with no result. Once I had them, it confirmed for the Vet it was Sarcoptic mites. It took Ivermectin shots to really clear her up, but we tried lesser remedies first.
Mange and other parasites should be ruled out before looking into allergies.
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