Does Your Puppy Have Demodectic Mange? Please Treat Them With CareJune 18th, 2012 | Posted by in Demodectic Mange
As you’ll probably learn by now, demodectic mange doesn’t discriminate between puppies and adult dogs. At all ages, the unmistakable signs of hair loss and reddish skin are almost always indicators of the skin problem.
It’s normal for anyone unfamiliar with mange to panic at the sight; after all, nobody wants to see their furkids suffering from a problem they know little about, do they?
But while it’s perfectly understandable to be concerned, some people can and do overreact to the presence of demodectic mange, and they try their very best to make it go away, sometimes to the detriment of their dogs. Theirs is a commendable reaction, no doubt, but what they probably don’t realize is that it could potentially harm their dogs more than it helps them, especially for young puppies.
Here’s a plausible scenario that could happen in reality:
A new family of dog owners have just discovered that their two puppies have demodectic mange. Being relatively young, they’ve only exhibited some bald spots and little else.
Because the family has never had a dog before (they’ve only ever had fish as pets), this gradual loss of fur promptly sets the alarm bells off in their minds. They quickly decide to rid the mange at all costs, just to get the dogs to look their pristine selves again.
Not long after that, they get a bottle of Mitaban (recommended by their friends with dogs of their own) and give it a go, pouring the substance on the puppies according to the instructions given by them.
A number of situations could result from this point onwards. The puppies may well show signs of recovery immediately after the first dipping, but it’s also possible that nothing will happen. No matter what the outcome is, however, the fact remains that the family has clearly overreacted in their zeal to cure the mange on their dogs. Because Mitaban is certainly not recommended for puppies in the first place.
In case you didn’t realize what Mitaban is, it’s a very potent chemical, marketed as a medical drug. The liquid substance is absorbed by the mites, before disabling their nervous systems and killing them. The problem with Mitaban however, is that it affects dogs in a similar manner. A potent enough dose could also disrupt the nervous systems of a fully-grown dog, much less a puppy.
That’s why many dog owners nowadays prefer not to rely on Mitaban as a mange treatment method, and also why it’s actively discouraged for use in puppies.
In a way, the scenario I’ve described above is admittedly far-fetched – who would willingly use a medicated dip on young dogs without reading up on its effects beforehand? But all the same, it does serve to highlight the extra care one should take when treating a very young dog, as they’re a lot more vulnerable than mature adults.
And you never know, maybe these things do happen from time to time. Truth is stranger than fiction, after all.
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