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Scabies 101: What You Need To Know About Sarcoptic Mange For Dogs

By Simon Tong

Sarcoptic mange is one of two varieties of mange that a dog can be afflicted with. Both are certainly different, but in general, sarcoptic mange is the more troublesome of the two in terms of diagnosis and treatment.

This skin problem can affect dogs of all ages, and causes a variety of problems in a dog’s skin. This article aims to give you the necessary information about how sarcoptic mange is transmitted to your dog, the seriousness of the problem, and its underlying cause.

What exactly is sarcoptic mange?

Sarcoptic mange, or more commonly known as ‘scabies’, is a skin condition that causes severe itching and hair loss. This skin problem is different from demodectic mange (the second variant of mange); unlike demodectic mange, the sarcoptic variety can affect dogs other than the young, old or sick.

Scabies primarily cause an inflammation of the skin, as well as severe hair loss and numerous sores. Pus may also be present, which will harden and turn into flaky scabs.

Finally, thickening of the skin, as well as the development of folds can occur in advanced cases.

What causes sarcoptic mange?

The sarcoptic mite is the main culprit for the skin disease, which is a subspecies of mites that function as parasitic pests.

As with all other types of mites, they’re so tiny that you wouldn’t be able to find any traces of them without help, but get them under a microscope and you’ll see a grotesquely obese little bug trying its best to hitch a ride on a dog.

Unlike fleas, the feeding of mites is not the cause of the excessive itching and other symptoms that affects dogs on a daily basis. Instead, the lifecycle of the mite itself is the underlying cause of the problem.

I’ll try not to delve too much into biology here, but here’s how it basically goes:  the female mites first land on an unsuspecting dog and they start settling in by burrowing under the skin and forming long tunnels, where they deposit their eggs. When they’re hatched, the young mites then come out of the tunnel to form their own enclaves by digging new, shorter tunnels into the skin. \

Once there, they’ll remain until they’re fully grown before they start fulfilling their life’s purpose: to make more mites. The males mature faster and they’re the first to get out, only to enter the female tunnels to fertilize them. Once that’s done, the females then reach adulthood and burrow out of their holes… before starting the lifecycle anew.

So how does that fit into the whole mange thing? Well, the itch that your dog feels is due to the burrowing under the skin and the formation of tunnels, along with all the waste products produced by the mites.  Apart from that, it also causes skin irritation and hair loss, all part of a mange’s list of symptoms.

The sarcoptic mite can live for up to three or four days in an open environment, but they usually live for much longer if they find a host body to feed from – a total of 21 days. If they manage to get their eggs laid though, your dog will soon be in for a very hard time.

How do dogs get this skin problem?

The thing about sarcoptic mites is that they’re highly contagious; they are usually transmitted between dogs when they get into contact with each other. Of course, if you bring your dog out for walks frequently, there is a chance that he might get it from a passing dog while they’re sniffing each other.

This is actually one of the reasons why mange seems to appear on a dog’s face first – they usually use their heads to inspect and investigate things, which makes it a usual entry point for would-be parasites looking for a new place to stay.

They can also attack humans, although the effects are not as severe and there’s no such thing as human mange. The worst problem that one can expect is some itching for up to one or two weeks after exposure to a dog with scabies, but I would still recommend finding some protection as a preventive measure.

Are there any other problems that mange can cause?

In a word: yes. There are several complications that may arise due to scabies, such as skin infections and a weakening of the immune system. Bacterial infections of the skin can come about when your dog scratches at his skin so much that it tears and bleeds, making it accessible for secondary infections from nearby bacteria.

The weakening of the immune system acts as a gateway for more serious diseases that would normally be deflected to infect the dog. This can come about in the form of rapid weight loss, or an enlargement of the lymph nodes. Both of these conditions will subsequently give way to even more serious problems. In cases of animal neglect, some dogs have even had cases of scabies that eventually proved to be fatal.

In summary, sarcoptic mange is a skin condition that starts out mildly in the beginning, but can grow to be very dangerous if knowingly left untreated. Not only does your dog feel the unrelenting itch at all times, he also has to bear the scars of his constant scratching as long as the mites are on him, burrowing underneath his skin to produce the next generation of parasites. However, getting rid of scabies on your dog is definitely possible if you take the time to learn more about it.

To put things simply, all you really need to do is to kill off the mites and mend your dog’s skin, and everything will be fine. There are tons of resources about the appropriate treatment for scabies nowadays, so that shouldn’t pose a problem. If you would like to learn more about sarcoptic mange and how to get rid of them, I highly suggest visiting http://dogskintreatments.com for more imformation.

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Nov 29, 2011 | 0 | Dog health

Coccidioidomycosis In Dogs – Symptoms and Treatment

By Marc Bachelet

Coccidioidomycosis, also called “Canine Valley Fever” is an infection caused by the fungus Coccidioides immitis. The fungus thrives well in sandy alkaline soils in regions with low rainfall, very high temperatures, and low elevation. It is transmitted via inhalation of airborne spores when dogs play in areas where the fungus is present in large numbers. Infection results in a respiratory disease or a disseminated form which can range from mild to severe. Aside from dogs, the disease can also occur in cats and people.

There are two main forms of the disease in dogs. The first one is the respiratory form where the clinical manifestations mainly reflect the presence and colonization of the fungus in the respiratory system. These symptoms include fever, coughing, and depression. As the disease progresses, severe pneumonia might set in.

The second form of Coccidioidomycosis is the disseminated form where the fungal infection can spread to other parts of the body via the blood circulation and cause the swelling of lymph nodes, skin ulcers, inflammation of the eye and its associated structures, weight loss with severe muscle wasting, seizures, lameness, and neck or back pain. The most common organs affected by the disseminated form of the disease include the central nervous system, the bones and joints, the liver, the eye, and the heart muscle.

Diagnosis is based on the clinical manifestations coupled with a complete medical history, thorough physical examination, and results of specific diagnostic tests. Your veterinarian may recommend radiographs, complete blood count, and serum biochemistry test. Identification of the organism by means of cytology, histopathology or culture can confirm the initial diagnosis.

Dogs that suffer from the mild form of Coccidioidomycosis often recover without treatment however there are those that die even after aggressive medical treatment was given. Long term systemic antifungal therapy using ketoconazole, itraconazole, or fluconazole is a part of the treatment protocol for severe cases. Dogs which have recovered from the disease can develop immunity to Canine Valley Fever thus protecting them from re-infection.

Localized infections in the lungs have better prognosis compared to the disseminated form of the disease. Most dogs that recover from the severe form of the infection may have to be given antifungal medication for the rest of their lives.

There is no vaccine which can protect you or your dog from Canine Valley Fever. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid areas where the fungus is present. If you are living in desert regions, keep your dog inside the house on windy days.

Being able to diagnose the early signs and symptoms that your dog will develop before that a minor health issue become a major one is a skill that every dog owner should learn.

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Nov 27, 2011 | 0 | Dog health

My Dog Was Suffering From Tick Transmitted Diseases – And I Did Not Even Know About It

By Annelie Becher

In the summer of 2008 my Golden Retriever Sebastian got an eye infection. His eyes were red and runny with a yellowish discharge. I thought he had picked up an infection from the neighbors dog and encouraged his immune system to fight off the bugs by giving him some EFT sessions. Sure enough his eyes got better but after a short period of time the infection was back.

Then he got the runs on and off. Because his digestion got better with the use of charcoal tablets and a temporary change of diet I suspected that he had picked up some tummy bug or had eaten something bad somewhere.

Since Sebastian had always been a quiet dog who blended into his environment very well which means he was quiet in the house and lively when retrieving dummies I did not notice that he had become a bit more quiet than usual, he just seemed to be a little tired at times.

The truth came out by coincidence!

My father took his female Rosie to the vets because of her increasing health problems and took Sebastian along with him. His vet had started an interest in tick transmitted diseases because some dogs had died from those infections recently. So he took a blood sample of Rosie and Sebastian which showed that Rosie had picked up Anaplasmosis and Sebastian had picked up Anaplasmosis as well as Ehrlichosis!

Those diseases had been virtually unknown to dog owners and vets alike in our area. We knew about Meningitis and we knew about Lyme’s Disease but we knew nothing about Anaplasmosis and Ehrlichosis, diseases we did not even know existed!

So of course we knew nothing about their symptoms either.

Sebastian was treated with some antibiotic and the Ehrlichosis cleared up but the Anaplasmosis didn’t. He needed a second course of treatment, this time with a different kind of antibiotic before some progress was made and he started to become more lively again.

The antibiotics took their toll of course and left the cells of his body in a weakened state but that was a prize I gladly paid because the treatments were the only way at the time to save his life as I found out a little later.

As I had been sensitized to the subject I suddenly learned that quite a few dogs I had known and also some I had bred myself had died due to an Anaplasmosis infection which had gone too far because it was recognized too late.

My dog is well again now even so his blood tests still show the contact with the Anaplasmosis pathogen. Trouble is that since so many ticks are now infected with the microbes he is liable to become reinfected any time.

Meanwhile I have trained in a method which enables me to support his immune system and the innate ability of his body to heal itself so I give him sessions whenever he needs them. At the same time I monitor the state of his health by having regular blood tests for tick transmitted diseases at least once a year to make sure I am updated with all the information I need to get him treated by the vets and treat him myself.

I hope this article helps!

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Nov 25, 2011 | 0 | Uncategorized

Dog Car Seats – Why You Need Them

By Mich Ching

Dogs are great companions, entertainers and friends. They love to go everywhere with their masters, whether just for a walk along the park or a drive around the city. We all know how our four-legged furry friends love to ride cars. You might think that it’s fun to see your dogs happily sticking their heads and tongues outside the car window. But did you know that this situation, as cute as it may seem, could cause them some serious trouble? Without proper seating and security, you are risking not only your precious pet’s life but your life as well.

Dogs are highly curious and playful creatures in nature. They love to run around and inspect anything that captures their interest. However, a dog playing and jumping around the car could put you and your dog’s life in a very dangerous situation. It could distract the person driving the car, or worse, block the view which could result in a fatal accident. This is one of the reasons why having a dog car seat in your vehicle is a must when traveling with your pets.

Dog car seats come in different sizes and designs. Small dogs typically require small seats, but these days, there are dog car seats which are specially designed for small dog breeds so that they can see the view outside the window. Nevertheless, whether your dog is a Miniature Dachshund or a Rottweiler, you definitely have to measure your dog and get them a seat that fits them well. If the dog car seat is poorly fitted, it will be uncomfortable for your dog and could cause them to wander around the car instead – which is exactly what we are trying to avoid in the first place.

Just like any trick, you need to take some time and effort to train your dog. They need to be trained on how to sit and stay still on their dog car seat while on the road. It could be quite challenging and could take quite some time for them to learn, just like potty training, but in the end, it’s definitely worth it. Once they are trained well, you could drive smoothly without having to constantly look after your dog.

It is your responsibility as a dog owner to keep your pet safe and comfortable at all times. Your dog’s life is precious so you must not hesitate to make extra effort to ensure your dog’s safety. So on your next road trip with your four-legged furry friend, consider getting a dog car seat.

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Nov 21, 2011 | 0 | dog safety, travel

Demodectic Mange Treatments Overview: Vet Approved Medicines

By Simon Tong

Overview

One of the most common ways to treat demodectic mange in dogs is to seek the advice of a veterinarian. As an animal doctor, the vet is relied upon and trusted to deliver an effective solution within minutes of consulting his patient.

There are currently three different types of treatment recommended by vets for curing demodectic mange: Ivermectin, Amitraz and Milbemycin. Each of them come in various forms and are administered differently.

This article will give you some general information about these three medicines, in order to help you understand them better.

Ivermectin

The first product we will talk about is a medicine called Ivermectin, which is marketed under several brand names such as Ivomec, or Heartgard. Ivermectin is the active ingredient in the medicine itself, and is used for killing and repelling parasites such as the demodex mite, which causes demodectic mange.

Ivermectin comes in a few different forms, including syringes filled with liquid solutions and tablets. The syringes are packaged with the drug already in them; all an owner needs to do is to feed the contents to the dog, which is very convenient. The tablets are of course taken orally as well.

Ivermectin works by taking over the neurological controls of any parasites feeding on the affected dog and disabling them. In short, it paralyses and causes significant damage to them, therefore getting rid of any mite affected by it.

Because it’s so simple to use with a relatively high success rate (provided the exact dosage is given), Ivermectin is the preferred choice for all vets dealing with a case of demodectic mange.

Amitraz

Amitraz is another anti-parasitic drug that can be used to kill demodex mites that are causing the mange outbreak on your dog. This medicine is sold under various product names, but Mitaban seems to be the most popular one in the market today.

Amitraz functions primarily as a pesticide; it treats demodectic mange by destroying mites and repelling any future infections. Like Ivermectin, it does this by damaging the nervous systems of the mites, causing paralysis and killing them. Unlike Ivermectin, however, Amitraz is purely meant to be used externally, as opposed to the former where it only takes effect when introduced into the dog’s bloodstream.

The medicine is usually sold in the form of topical solutions contained in bottles, although it also exists in the form of tick collars, which do nothing for demodectic mange and will not be discussed in this article.

Because the Amitraz solution held in the bottles is very potent, they must be diluted in warm water first before administering it to a dog. Owners using this treatment for the first time must be guided by a vet to make sure that the instructions are followed correctly. Generally speaking, however, Amitraz is usually applied first by diluting the solution in water before dousing the affected dog with it. The chemical is meant to cover the dog’s body, so that it can get into direct contact with the mites before poisoning them.

It’s important to note that an Amitraz dip is very toxic; caution must be exercised whenever it is administered to a dog. Too much of it can cause severe side effects such as lethargy and depression for your dog, which is why vets usually recommend a dip just once a fortnight or so.

Milbemycin

Milbemycin is another type of medicine that can be used for getting rid of mites. It’s more widely known by the name of a product, called Interceptor.

Interceptor is only administered in the form of chewable tablets; there is no other option unlike the previous two treatment methods. However, dogs don’t seem to mind the taste, so there are no problems in giving them their medicine. This is a good thing, because Interceptor is meant to be given daily.

It should be noted that Interceptor wasn’t created specially to deal with mites – they were originally meant as treatment for parasites living inside the body, such as heartworms, roundworms and hookworms. In addition to that, it has since been discovered that Interceptor also contributes in getting rid of mites as well, resulting in more vets recommending the product as an alternative for demodectic mange treatment. Even so, there is no official statement as yet in regards to its use as an accepted treatment for mites; using Interceptor tablets is still considered an unorthodox method.

In any case, Interceptor has been proven to be relatively safe. There are no major side effects to speak of, and the success rate is relatively high as well. The only drawback of using Interceptor tablets would be the high costs incurred; the tablets are not exactly cheap, and they have to be given daily.

Should you use them?

There’s no doubt that the three treatment options discussed earlier would be successful in carrying out their objectives. Many people have reported that their dogs have since got better after a few doses of whatever choice they have made.

But does it mean that they’re entirely safe? To be honest, I’m not sure that’s the case.

I have already given some hints about their drawbacks in the earlier descriptions of each drug, but I think it’s very important that a few things be highlighted:

1.)    They are all chemically-based. There is a chance that the body of your dog may choose not to accept the treatment type you have chosen. This can result in unwanted side-effects such as severe lethargy, slow heartbeat rate and general malaise. Like humans, an overdose of any one drug could easily be fatal.

2.)    Some breeds of dogs are especially allergic to Ivermectin or Amitraz, especially herding dogs like Border Collies. They have a unique genetic trait that makes them extra susceptible to any negative effects from the drugs; a normal dose for any other dog could easily cause serious injuries and death for them.

3.)    The products mainly function as pesticides. You may have read this before, but it bears repeating again: demodectic mange is an immune-system disorder. No matter how many mites you manage to get rid of, more will come back and continue causing the skin problem if you don’t fix the immune system. Therefore, giving your dog any one of these medicines and hoping for the best is not the best course of action. That, combined with the inherent toxicity of the drugs may even cause more problems in the near future.

4.)    Even if successful, you and your dog may come to rely on them too much. This can degenerate to the point where even a small lapse in the treatment schedule may cause a huge relapse of demodectic mange, and it happened solely because your dog is conditioned to use the drug as a substitute for the immune system, which was the one doing all the work in the first place. Again, over-reliance on the drugs for a long period of time may worsen your dog’s health, not improve it.

Conclusions

Ivermectin, Amitraz and Milbemycin have proven to be successful at what they do: killing mites. They have also helped in curing demodectic mange in dogs, as can be proven by the glowing reviews by some owners. At the same time, however, it doesn’t mean that they are the only acceptable treatments available; in fact, they may prove to be more harmful to your dog if given incorrectly or without understanding them better.

Simon Tong loves writing and his miniature schnauzer, Dusty, and is trying to educate more people about demodectic mange in dogs and how to get rid of them. To find out more about other types of alternative treatments, please visit http://dogskintreatments.com .

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Nov 18, 2011 | 0 | Dog health

Rare Dog Breeds: Top 10 Rare Dog Breeds

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Nov 15, 2011 | 0 | Dog breed information

Beware of Antifreeze Poisoning of Your Dog

By Stephen M Johns

One of the most dangerous and deadly poisons around, that your dog might get into, is antifreeze for your car. At this time of year, many people are topping off or replacing the antifreeze in their car, which will keep your car’s heating and cooling system functioning in sub-zero weather. If you are one of these people, and a dog owner, this article is for you. If you are using an ethylene glycol based antifreeze – far and away the most common type – you must be extremely careful that your dog doesn’t have a chance to ingest even a small amount. This bright green syrupy and sweet smelling liquid can be fatal with just a few teaspoonfuls. It can destroy the kidney function of your dog before you are aware that he is sick. The first symptom that a dog exhibits after drinking antifreeze is that he acts “drunk”, just as if he had been drinking alcohol. He will be staggering around, stumbling, and acting disoriented and poorly coordinated. After an hour of this he will seem to be getting over it, but this is the trap. If he receives emergency treatment right then, he will have a good chance of surviving. If the owner dismisses the “drunken” behavior as an aberration and assumes he is “better”, or doesn’t witness this phase of the ethylene glycol poisoning at all, his chances of survival decline significantly.

The dog’s liver metabolizes the ethylene glycol into substances that block kidney function and can lead to death within 20 to 30 hours after he drinks it. Emergency treatment, ironically, is to give the dog ethanol (alcohol) to make him so drunk he is almost comatose. This treatment can involve the dog being kept immobile and intoxicated, through intravenous doses of alcohol, for up to 36 hours. If the dog is old or sick in any other way, this treatment can be a great strain. The dog’s body works so hard to metabolize the alcohol that the ethylene glycol is excreted by the kidneys before it can do any more harm. The chances for recovery depend on how soon the treatment begins after the ethylene glycol is ingested.

If your dog is acting “drunk”, rush him to the vet. If you spill antifreeze, mop it up very thoroughly and flush the entire area with water. Keep antifreeze in sealed, labeled containers that are kept out of reach of your dog. Best of all, use an antifreeze that has propylene glycol, rather than ethylene glycol in it.

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Nov 13, 2011 | 0 | Dog health

Dogs 101 – Poodle

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Nov 11, 2011 | 0 | Dog breed information

Demodectic Mange Treatments: A Basic Overview

By Simon Tong

Overview

This article contains a brief introduction of the various treatment options available for curing demodectic mange in dogs. You may have known already that demodectic mange is primarily a skin condition caused by an overpopulation of the demodex mite, which is due to a weakened immune system in the affected dog.

It’s important to understand that if this immune system remains weak, the skin problem will persist and may even worsen over time, no matter what we use to solve the problem.

This is why demodectic mange treatments require a dog owner to tackle up to three areas related to the problem: the excessive number of demodex mites, the immune system and the diet; only by paying attention to all three components can demodectic mange be truly cured.

To help you in learning more about curing demodectic mange, the following few sections of this article contain short overviews of every method that have been used with tangible results. These methods can be grouped into five different categories, based on their benefits and how they can help with the skin problem.

Let’s start with the most common treatment available for dogs: Vet-prescribed medicines.

Veterinary Medicine

 The vet is often the go-to person when a dog has a problem. This is no different for those affected with demodectic mange; in fact, most vets frequently receive dogs with mange problems as patients.

In the case of demodectic mange, most, if not all vets will give the dog owner some medicine. These include (but aren’t limited to):

1.)    Goodwinol ointment – This ointment’s purpose is to repel and kill parasites when applied. The vet may prescribe this if your dog only has mild symptoms of demodectic mange.

2.)    Ivermectin – This comes in several different forms, like chewing tablets, topical injections or liquids administered orally. This is only available as a prescription drug; vets usually use Ivermectin on standard demodectic mange cases.

3.)    Mitaban (Amitraz) – Mitaban is a medicated dip usually recommended by vets as an alternative to Ivermectin. The affected dog is first given a good bath to make sure the body is as clean as possible before dousing him in Mitaban. It acts like a pesticide, where it helps to kill the fleas.

Natural Medicine

There are several natural alternatives to the chemical-based medicine given by vets. Because they’re entirely made out of herbs and plant extracts, they’re very safe to use in dogs and are effective in their own ways as well.

1.)    Garlic – The humble garlic is an excellent repellent for all kinds of parasites, including the demodex mite. It also helps to repair the skin.

2.)    Wormwood – Used for centuries as an insect repellent and pesticide, this is another weapon in the natural arsenal.

3.)    Neem oil – Most people who have used Neem oil swear by its powerful healing properties and its potency in getting rid of parasites.

Herbs, Vitamins and other Health Supplements

It’s very important to understand that a dog’s immune system is the key to defeating demodectic mange; if it’s strong enough, it can keep the mite population in check without any external help. On the flip side, the demodex mites are always lying in wait for the dog’s immune system to be weakened before seizing the opportunity to overcome the defences and multiply again.

This is why it’s very important to rebuild a dog’s immune system as part of an ongoing treatment for demodectic mange – the strengthened defences will start to help out by decreasing the mite population on the body. That’s half the battle won!

I’ve found that the best way to do this is through the use of health supplements, vitamins and a few particular herbs. For example, fish oil capsules can greatly increase a dog’s resistance to demodex mites. Vitamin C is also another option, as is Selenium and Vitamin E. Of course, measuring out the correct amounts is very important: too much of a good thing is usually a bad thing, after all. Caution must be exercised when administering the supplements.

Diet

“You are what you eat.” An old cliche, but incredibly true in this case – if your dog has an unhealthy diet of, say, fried chicken fed from the table, it’s pretty obvious that he’ll eventually get fat and unhealthy, too.

As you may already have guessed, this is a major point in the case of demodectic mange. A lousy diet translates to a body stuffed full of fats and grease. More importantly, there is a severe lack of nutrients in the diet, which is incidentally the very thing required in maintaining a dog’s immune system.

So what happens when the dog doesn’t get any nutrients? Exactly – the immune system gets weak, while the demodex mites get ready to have a party!

The good news is that fixing this is as simple as changing the dog’s diet. Giving him healthy food, like more vegetables and fish, will go a long way towards reversing this process by building up the immune system, which in turn will start doing its job in fighting the demodex mites.

Reducing Stress

Stress can play a very large role in causing demodectic mange.

The dog’s immune system is, once again, the centre of this topic. When stressed, the dog’s immune system will suffer and weaken. This will of course allow the demodex mites room to reproduce, eventually subduing the defences entirely. Obviously, the lack of stress would mean the exact opposite; the immune system stays strong and the mites don’t get a chance to increase their numbers.

A few stress-related events can trigger the onset of demodectic mange in dogs, such as:

1.)    Sexual Cycles and Maturity

This could possibly be one of the biggest catalysts for mange in dogs. When a dog reaches sexual maturity, the hormones in the body will start causing stress.

If a dog is shown to be visibly affected by demodectic mange due to sexual maturity, it’s in its best interests to have it sprayed or neutered. Sterilization will remove the source of the problematic hormones that cause the stress, reducing the pressure on the immune system as a result.

2.)    Vaccines

Vaccines work by injecting weak forms of microorganisms that cause diseases into the dog, training the immune system to recognise and destroy them. This makes him more capable in repelling similar microorganisms from infecting him in future.

 In other words, vaccines are like target practice for a dog’s immune system!

However, giving a dog a vaccine means subjecting the immune system under stress, because it’s trying to learn how to fight a new disease. Meanwhile, the never-ending wave of demodex mites can seize the lack of attention given to them to launch a new attack against the dog’s immune defences. If weakened enough by the vaccine introduction, the demodex mites can break through and overcome it, starting yet another case of demodectic mange.

Remedying this source of stress is simple – simply reduce the vaccines the dog gets! The already-weak immune system is already losing the fight against demodex mites, so stopping any unnecessary vaccines will help it to focus on what’s important: helping to recover from demodectic mange.

Conclusion

We can clearly see that there are many ways of treating demodectic mange. However, most of these treatment options focus only on one piece of the puzzle; it’s very important to note that treating demodectic mange requires a dog owner to pay attention to several different factors at the same time to ensure that progress is made.

The information contained within this article is a brief overview of the different methods possible, but there is a lot more to learn but each method in other articles that focus exclusively on it. If you’re interested, why not visit http://dogskintreatments.com, where you can find more information about how to treat demodectic mange?

Randa

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Nov 08, 2011 | 0 | Dog health

Bath Time For Your Dog – 10 Helpful Tips

By Karen Dinsmoor

Is your pooch stinky? Itchy? A canine Pigpen? It’s time for a bath! Here are some tips and suggestions for a productive bath time.

1) Use a shampoo with a pH balance for dogs, human shampoos have a different pH that will dry and irritate their skin.

2) Find the appropriate shampoo for your dog… are they allergic? Do you want a shampoo and conditioner in one? a brightener if you dog is a light color? Calming shampoo with essential oils for a stressed pet?

3) Pick a shampoo without synthetic chemicals, shampoos with synthetic chemicals are harsh and irritating, they will absorb into their skin and yours when applied.

4) If you have a gentle natural shampoo with the correct pH balance you can bathe your dog as often as needed.

5) Brush! Brush! Brush! With the correct type of brush for your pet’s coat and coat appropriate comb for long coats; loosens dirt, hair and stimulates natural oils. This is a good time to check their skin and coat for problems you may not have noticed before.

6) Make sure you have everything you need right there with you, makes life easier.

7) Keep the water lukewarm to just cool, wet down to skin. For thick coats a bath brush can help get the soap down to the skin, don’t forget the underside, paws and rear. Avoid soap around eyes, ears, and mouth, use a wash cloth if needed.

Then Rinse! Rinse! Rinse! and Rinse some more, any shampoo left could cause skin irritation, be especially careful with dogs with under coats.

8) If using a towel to dry you don’t have to scrub, they’re going to shake no matter how much water you absorb off of them so just blot, besides if their skin is already irritated you’ll just make it worse… just absorb the excess water and they are ready to air dry.

Using chamois leather is another option, dries faster than a towel and leaves their coats soft and shiny… again, blot and air dry.

You can use a hair dryer for drying their coat, there are special dryers on the market for dogs now because they require a very low temperature setting. If you use a regular hair dryer use the lowest gentlest setting, keep the nozzle moving and far away, their skin will burn easily if you are to close, it doesn’t take much heat to dry their fur.

9) This is a good time to clean ears since their ears will be moist and easy to gently wipe out, also check for odor which could mean beginnings of an ear infection, better to catch it early.

10) Doggie bath robes are really practical, they keep the majority of the water off your floors and furniture, they keep your dog clean for a while, and they keep your dog from being chilled if the air is cold.

After their bath tell your pooch how good he/she is… don’t forget a treat! Happy Bath!

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Randa

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Nov 07, 2011 | 0 | Dog grooming