For some reason, I woke up this morning and all I could think of was "mange." Ever do that...just wake up with something on your mind and it won't get out? I got straight out of bed and went upstairs to google.
Do you guys think there's a possibility their problem could be mange? Mange was actually the very first thing our vet said when he saw Angus the first time. We did have them both scraped, and had Simon's sample analyzed at UT, and no mange mites showed up. But they don't always show up on a scraping, right?
The only thing that doesn't seem to fit is, mange usually affects the head, right? Neither of them have any hair loss on the head. But, Angus' eyes do seem to itch when this is going on.
Here are the lovely foot pictures again. Does anyone have any experience with mange?
That was my first thought, Connie. Tango had the exact same symptoms, and that would explain why they're both getting it.
"Each is a creature of Earth and is entitled to reside on it with dignity"
ouch!!! no advice...I just hope the vet figures it out and they get better.
"Every boy should have two things: a dog, and a mother willing to let him have one"
Willy had mange when we got him from the rescue. I had no idea. It didn't take long for Libby to get it too. Skin scrapings were negative. I spend a year and $$ at the vets trying to figure out what was wrong, including allergy testing, and ended up treating them for mange myself. I bought Lymdip off of the internet, used it every five days exactly like it said and finally the problem went away. I will never forget that. It was a miserable time. Check around their eyes. Willy didn't loose the hair on his head but it got very itchy and thin around his eyes.
does it have a smell, like a sweaty smell, scaly and pustules?? are there any other patches on the dogs body? demodectic mange can either be localized or generalized form. all dogs do have demodectic mites, however due to a weakened immune system, it usually causes the mites to populate themselves at an excessive rate. and it is generally not contagious.
the other mange, sarcoptic mange is contagious and is a bit different than demodectic. thats all I know about this type... by the looks of the pics, that would be my guess.
That's why the old farm dogs went and rolled in the sulfur creeks to rid themselves of fleas, etc. JMO.
Last edited by joflake; 11-13-2009 at 12:52 PM.