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    Poor Louie!!!

    I had Louie at the vet today and he has Mange!!! The vet is treating him with invermectin and an antibiotic. He probably has to take this medicine for 9 months. This is our first time owning frenchie is this an indicator that he is going to have lots of issues? Anyone with experience on this subjecf? My poor baby!!!

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    Re: Poor Louie!!!

    If it is Demodex mange then I wouldn't worry too much. Demodex is a mite that lives on a dogs skin and sometimes when a dogs immune system is compromised (usually due to stress) that mite takes over and causes patches of hair loss. Ivermectin is the main treatment and the antibiotic was probably added due to some sort of skin infection associated with it. I will say 9 months sounds really long to be on the medication, unless that's an indication of severity.....hair loss on a large part of the body vs smaller patches, but most Demodex clears up nicely and isn't a problem long term. If it's sarcoptic.....then that's another story.

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    Re: Poor Louie!!!

    I definitely don't think mange is an indicator that he is going to have health issues later on. Correct me if I am wrong but mange is not something hereditary or a trait of the breed, it is contracted from other dogs or areas? I have personally never dealt with mange with my animals, but since I work closely with our animal shelter I do see cases quite often in all types of breeds. @pbois great advice, if it is demodex mange it is usually quickly treatable, but sarcoptic can be a lot more difficult to deal with
    Good luck, and I am sure with proper care it will clear up quickly...

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    Re: Poor Louie!!!

    I hear of lots of dogs that have/get mange. I don't think it means your baby will be unhealthy by any means. Sometimes it's just one of those things that happens. I'm sure Louie probably won't even notice anything is amiss

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    Re: Poor Louie!!!

    Mites/mange are present in all dogs, but if their immune system is compromised ( many times due to stress or illness) they can take over. So yes, this could be an indicator that you may have more problems.... but it can also happen to the healthiest of pets. It does take several months to clear up usually so patience is key.


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    Re: Poor Louie!!!

    Sounds like you've got some good advice! We haven't had mange here, so no experience with it!

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    Re: Poor Louie!!!

    Mange is no fun, but everyone here is right. PAtience and realizing that you have taken the right steps to get him healthy helps. Would love to know what type it is so we can offer more advise.
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    Re: Poor Louie!!!

    Actually it is demodicosis (red mange! Which the vet said is not contagious it isn't the sarcoptic mange. Thanks so much for all the advice. Makes me feel better!!!!

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    Re: Poor Louie!!!

    Since it is Demodicosis, it shouldn't take that long to get rid of, so I wouldn't stress over it. Give him some yogurt once a day and some NeVet Plus wouldn't hurt. this will help strengthen his immune system and help get rid of the mange.
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    Re: Poor Louie!!!

    No experience here, but others haven given good advice.... hope he heals up real quick

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    Re: Poor Louie!!!

    Poor little fellow. Just a side note, ivermectin when given with comfortis (flea pill) is causing seizures and death in dogs. I have seen it once recently in a Lab. Just thought I would mention that in case.

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    Re: Poor Louie!!!

    I've never dealt with this, poor little bully. It sounds like he's in good hands. Babetty and I wish him a speedy recovery!

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