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Old 03-07-2007, 11:46 AM
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Unhappy PLEASE HELP ME... I have a new puppy with the MANGE!

I am SO heartbroken! I have just gotten a 5 week old 2 # Jack Russell Terrier puppy. She scratched nonstop from the minute I picked her up. Not only did the owner (not a breeder) not give her any shots, but they did not worm her! I took her to the vet for the 1st time on monday afternoon. We got her on Sat morning. Between those days we played with her, loved on her, kissed her on the head, and even let her sleep with me in my bed. Then we find out that she has Scarcoptic Mange. Now the vet is recommending complete isolation for 2 weeks until this is resolved ( I have a 4 year old son). I can't bear this! She is all alone in her kennel day and night! She cries so much! I really think that if I were going to contract the mange (and it is contagious) that I would have already done so between Sat morning and Monday, right? Does anyone have any suggestions for easing her sweet little abandoned heart or my crumbling one? Thanks so much!
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Old 03-07-2007, 12:01 PM
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Default Now I KNOW I am in trouble!

After reading several replies to various questions posted, I have come to the conclusion that I am in BIG trouble. Not only is my puppy too young to be away from the mother and litter, but now she is isolated and will likely turn out shy or aggressive or even angry. I cannot begin to explain the feelings I am having right now! I feel like an elephant is sitting on my chest!
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Old 03-07-2007, 12:04 PM
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Ok Calm down. You're ok and you're going to do the best you can for this pup. You obviously love her and care about her and that's the best start she can have

Now, I have never dealt with mange and know very little about it. I'm going to try to find someone who can give you better advice on that.

Get that elephant off your chest!
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Old 03-07-2007, 12:12 PM
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I'm with Saje ......your pup comes #1 now . Bubba picked up mange in Canada one summer . He and all dogs he came in contact with got shots . I never was told that it was human contagious . I would check with my doctor as interaction at this age is too important . ...... also house breaking . Maybe the new sanitizing lotions would help . Keep us posted and d@mn that breeder !!!!
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Old 03-07-2007, 12:24 PM
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I have researched the type of mange and this type (there are 2) is contagious. Thank you both for your encouragement. This is just so overwhelming.
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Old 03-07-2007, 12:28 PM
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Don't fret too much.

#1, do what you need to in order to get your pup healthy. Is she on any medication like Ivermectin? I'm currently training a pup with sarcoptic mange and that's what he's on, but he's also 12 weeks old. Not sure if 5 weeks is old enough but ask your vet about it.

If she's super itchy, give her a bath with very gentle, moisturizing oatmeal shampoo. She has a short coat so just bathe her in warm water and then keep her warm, wrapped up in dry towels until she's completely dry.

Socialization is important, but you can double up on that after she's healthy. In the meantime, since she needs to be isolated, keep her living area very clean and give her a lot of interactive toys to play with.

I don't know much about how mange is spread so I would handle her carefully. Give her some interaction with you, but don't rub her all over you. lol

Good luck, hope the poor pup heals soon.
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Old 03-07-2007, 12:31 PM
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oh you guys are great! Thanks RD! She has gotten 1 shot of Ivermectin and will be reevaluated in 2 weeks. I agree about doubling up on the attention, I just pray that it will be sufficient. Also, she is crated all day while I and my husband work. Right now it is about 40 degrees in the morning when we leave for work and I feel that is too cold to put her outside at that time. Any suggestions as far as pottying? Man this is a lot of work!!! The things you do for love!!!
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Old 03-07-2007, 12:45 PM
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I so agree with Saje And RD

Take a deep breath... collect your thoughts... there

Welcome to Chazhound. You've come to the right place! You will probably get the best advice on the 'net here shortly.

I've only had one pup with mange, and that's when my family was fostering dogs when I was a kid (so I don't remember specifics).It was a very very mild case, and the vet pretty much handled everything for us. Here's some info that I found for you, though.
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The dosage of medication for this depends on the medication used. Organophosphate dips such as Paramite Rx are used according to the label directions, as is Lime-Sulfur dip. Ivermectin has been used by many veterinarians to kill sarcoptic mange but usually after approved medications fail to work due to a small chance of toxicity. Recently there have been several reports of good success using Frontline spray to kill sarcoptic mange, used according to the directions for fleas. Since it is approved for use in dogs for flea control you'd at least be doing the dogs some good even if the reports are wrong! One dose is reported to be effective.

I usually treat young puppies with sarcoptic mange. We use 2% lime sulfur dip (I think the brand name is LymDip but I can't remember for sure) on young puppies to avoid the problems that organophosphate dips or ivermectin may cause in young puppies at the dosages necessary to kill the mites. I think I would be comfortable using either of these treatments when necessary for a seven week old puppy or possibly younger but I can understand being cautious since they are more toxic.

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While sarcoptic mange is difficult to diagnose definitively, it is fairly easy to treat and a number of choices are available.

DIPPING - Anti-bacterial or anti-itch shampoos preceed one of several anti-mite dips. Paramite dip (an organophosphate), Mitaban dip (Amitraz), and Lime-Sulfur dips given weekly are usually effective. Disease typically resolves within one month. Dips are often used in combination with one of the other treatments listed below.

Sarcoptic mange mites are usually spread by direct contact from host to host. While mites can live off of a host for days to weeks depending on their life stage, they are only infective for 36 hours which means that environmental decontamination is generally not necessary.

Mite infections on humans are self-limiting (ie they go away on their own) as the mite is not able to complete its life cycle on the "wrong" host. The condition is extremely itchy, though, while it lasts. The mites are most active where skin is warm (in bed and where clothing is snug).

IF A SARCOPTIC MANGE ANIMAL IS PRESENT IN THE HOME,
IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO WASH ANY BEDDING IN
THE WASHING MACHINE (OR REPLACE WITH NEW BEDDING),
AND WASH ANY COLLARS OR HARNESSES.

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Old 03-07-2007, 01:33 PM
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Yes, stay clam I agree with RD and Saje.

Your pup will be fine, what's important now is that you get your puppy healthy...THEN worry about socializing and bonding


For now, Welcome to Chaz! You have come to the right place

((((((( Hugs )))))))) I am sure everything will be fine.
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oh you guys are great! Thanks RD! She has gotten 1 shot of Ivermectin and will be reevaluated in 2 weeks. I agree about doubling up on the attention, I just pray that it will be sufficient. Also, she is crated all day while I and my husband work. Right now it is about 40 degrees in the morning when we leave for work and I feel that is too cold to put her outside at that time. Any suggestions as far as pottying? Man this is a lot of work!!! The things you do for love!!!
This is a very young puppy as you know, so at this point be realistic about potty training and expectations.

What I would suggest you do for this pup while you are at work is to purchase an excercise pen like this: http://www.petsmart.com/global/produ...ercise+pen&N=2 and then put your puppy, a crate with an open door, toys and food and water in there along with puppy pads on the floor. Set this pen up on a non-absorbant floor. This will keep your puppy from having accidents in it's crate, but the crate is still available for nap time etc. As your puppy matures, it will eventually be able to be crated for longer periods and able to hold it.
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