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Old 06-11-2006, 01:58 AM
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Hmm how do I explain this... Well my 9 month old Chi started with having 2 very small dots towards his rear that were just starting to lose hair. We didnt really think a whole lot of it. Well now its been a few days and they are 2 pretty big dots and its starting to spread. At first I wasnt sure if he had fleas or something but I checked and there no fleas. It doesnt seem to be bothering himbad... He bites at it very once in a while but now more than usual. Its nowhere else but down on his back toards his butt. MY other Chi has nothing like it. Im not sure if it has something to do with the change in climate since we just moved to AK or because he was bit or what. Im starting to get freaked out though. Anyone have any ideas. The problem is were on an isolated island and there really arent any vets. Theres one small one but theyre extremely expensive and I dont wanna go in there unless I absolutely have to. The Anchorage vet was supposed to come to the island last week for military but there was a change in plans so I would have to wait till next month now. Any ideas on what it could be or what to do?? Its a little red but not too bad and theres no skin flaking...
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Okay I can help. Its red right? Doesn't itch that much, or more then normally? Here is what I would try first since you can't get to a vet right away. Go to Revival Animal Health. They have what is called MicroTech pet spray. This stuff treats itching, hives, redness, hair issues, everything, and is 100 percent safe and doesn't contain harmful steriods. Being that she is only 9 months to me would rule out a thyroid disorder. I would give Revival a try and see if that doens't help you out.
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Let me know if this works out for you. The site is revivalanimal.com
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Old 06-11-2006, 11:38 AM
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I would take her to the vet. If you don't know what it is, how can you treat it?
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Yes I would still take her to the vet, but I am just saying that the vet may be looking at more serious issues here, and not what could be a simple solution. Mange usually spreads, and makes a dog itch like crazy. Without him itching more then normal I would be led to believe it isn't mange. Also this spray will treat all of the itching, and help heal the ears. It doesn't hurt to try.
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Old 06-11-2006, 08:58 PM
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Ringworm? Time for a vet visit. You have to know WHAT it is to treat it or you may very well be wasting precious time that you could have been treating the real problem.
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Maybe its demodex...yes, go see a vet! My dog had this and it is very tenacious and takes a long time to treat.
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This sounds like what my Cozmo has. The vet diagnosed him with demodectic mange (also called demodex or "red mange"). This is caused by mites that the puppy gets from its mother while nursing. Most dogs' immune systems keep the mites under control. However, some dogs with underdeveloped immune systems have trouble because the mites cause the hair to fall out, and this can lead to secondary infections. Many puppies outgrow it as their immune systems develop. The vet recommended that we wait until Cozmo is a little older (he is 15 weeks old) to treat him unless it gets worse. He will treat Cozmo with daily doses of ivermectin (normally used as a heartworm preventative) for 90 days. My aunt has a chihuahua who is 8 months old and also had demodectic mange. She received the same treatment and is fine now. This condition is not contagious to people or to other animals.
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