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Old 12-07-2009, 02:14 PM
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Default Anyone have any experiance with these mange/allergy medications?

Chevy has had multiple skin issues over the years and this time they diagnosed mange back in Nov. The vet gave her :
Prednisone 20mg, 1 every 12 hours
Cephalexin Caps 250mg, 1 every 12 hours
Cephalexin Caps 500mg, 1 every 12 hours
Chlorhexidine PS Micro Spray, Between baths
Chlorhexidine PS Shampoo
Since she has taken these, she has stopped the excessive scratching/licking, but has been drinking excessive amounts of water. The vet told my dad that this would happen. She also has a sorta "brightness" in her eyes, like a person high on something would have. Should I be worried about her kidneys? I read somewhere that excessive drinking/urination is caused by kidney problems. I'm wondering if the medication could have done something to her kidneys. She is also 10+ (not sure her actual age, but she is up there.) Has anyone had their dogs on these?
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Old 12-07-2009, 02:26 PM
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a common side-effect of prednisone is drinking more (and thus peeing more). they can also get really hungry while on it, and you might see more panting. are they tapering the dose soon? (pred should never be stopped cold turkey, it has to be tapered to lower and lower doses before stopping.)
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We are taking her back to the vet when the pills run out, that's what the vet told us to do. When we take her back, she will tell us if she is going to raise or lower the dosage.
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I've been through mange twice...


pred is causing the thirst, and yes, extended use can damage organs.

what kind of mange?
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hope that Chevy feels better soon and that they lower his dosage!..keep us posted
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Chevy has had multiple skin issues over the years and this time they diagnosed mange back in Nov. The vet gave her :
Prednisone 20mg, 1 every 12 hours
Cephalexin Caps 250mg, 1 every 12 hours
Cephalexin Caps 500mg, 1 every 12 hours
Chlorhexidine PS Micro Spray, Between baths
Chlorhexidine PS Shampoo
I posted and it disappeared - try again.

Prednisone - short term use is safe. Long term use can cause an assortment of issues.

Cephalexin - broad spectrum antibiotic commonly used for skin infections.

Chlorhexidine - topical antibacterial.

None of these would kill mange mites - they'd only treat the secondary bacterial infection that usually accompanies mange. However, at your dog's age, I too would be curious what type of mange she was diagnosed with!
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Prednisone is a steroid. What I don't get is it can/does depress the immune system, so why did they give it to her when her immune system is already not doing its job (hence the mange/inability to reject the mites in the first place).


Did she perhaps give an injection? Or give the dog a bath? We always treated mange through a series of 4 Mitaban baths, and then on the 5th bath we did skin scrapes before to determine if any more were needed.

Did the vet do a skin scrape? I think Demodex would be the culprit, given the age. IIRC it's based on a genetics (well, the gene weakens the immune system which allows the mite to come back) and thus can recur throughout the life time. I think limited immunity can be developed to the mites that cause Sarcoptic mange (basically the IgE antibodies get pissed off that something is annoying the skin and cause the release of cytokines that **** off the mite in return), so that leaves Demodex.
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Demodex would have probably been Mitaban dips. At 10 yrs old, demodex would surprise me ... I know there is 'adult onset', but 10 is taking that a little too literally ... ?? Sarcoptic would be a consideration if there were exposure ...
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Well to me the age is what makes Demodex more likely than Sarcoptic. I don't know how well the immune system develops immunity to the mites that cause Sarcoptic mange, but I do know that the genetic defect weakens the immune system which allows Demodex to take hold, thus the chance for re-infestation is present throughout the life time.
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