I took my dog to the vet because she was scratching like crazy and getting bald patches. . They couldn’t exactly diagnose her, because scabies is hard to diagnose. So they gave me flea treatment and medicine for scabies if she has it. Here are my questions:
Is there anything else I can give her to help her with the scratching?
What exactly causes scabies in dogs?
Are there home remedies for scabies?
Thank you in advance.
uh….they did do a skin scraping. I am giving her the meds my vet gave me. I am just wondering if there’s anything else I can do or give her that would help her out, especially with the scratching.
To Baby Bear: did you not read the whole thing? I DID take her to the vet. And who even mentioned using motor oil? All I’m asking is what causes it and what else can be helped with her scratching. Don’t bother answering if you can’t read the whole thing hon.
Sarcoptic mange or AKA scabies, is caused by the parasite Sarcoptes scabiei. These microscopic mites can invade the skin of healthy dogs or puppies and create a variety of skin problems, the most common of which is hair loss and severe itching.
They will infect other animals and even humans but they prefer to live their short lives on dogs.
Fortunately, there are several good treatments for this mange and the disease can be easily controlled.
–Clip the dog if he had long hair, bathe him with a benzoyl peroxide shampoo to cleanse the skin, and then apply an organophosphate dip (Paramite).
–Amitraz dips and Mitaban (also organophosphates), and lime sulfur dips (Lymdip)
–Dipped once every two weeks for two to three times.
*****These dips are very unpleasant to apply for both the owner and the dog. Because the dip must come in contact with the mites and many mites live on the face and ears of dogs… be extremely careful when applying these dips to these sensitive areas. The dips can be TOXIC to humans and are not suitable for very young, old, or debilitated animals.
*****There are some cases of resistance to these dips in some cases of sarcoptic mange.
Selamectin (Revolution) is a newer product, which is a topical solution that is applied once a month and also provides heartworm prevention, flea control, some tick protection and protection against Sarcoptic mange. Frontline Plus, Frontline Top Spot, and Frontline Spray are also labelled for use as aids in controlling sarcoptic mange.
In addition to treating the dog, the environment such as the dog’s bedding can be treated with a residual insecticide (e.g.; permethrin). Since Sarcoptes scabiei is easily transmitted between animals, all dogs in contact with an infected animal should also be treated. Because of the length of the life cycle and ability of the mite to live off of the animal, treatment must continue for a minimum of 4 weeks.
Factoids on This Topic
- After the initial application of a topical agent to kill scabies, symptomatic relief usually occurs within two to four weeks.
- The microscopic scabies mite burrows into the upper layer of the skin where it lives and lays its eggs.
- The scabies mite searches for human hosts in which to breed and burrow.
- Use soapy hot water on all linens and clothing and whendrying use high heat as well.
- There are no known side effects of using sulfur by pregnant women.
- Using epsom salt baths in post scabies can help your skin recover from all the damage it has been through during your scabies infection and scabies treatment.
- A visit to the dermatologist or doctor will be able to help with the diagnosis and scabies treatment.
- Epsom salts can be great both before and afterscabies treatmentbut it should be noted that alone epsom salts can not cure scabies, though they do contain enough sulfates to potentially suffocate any mites near the out layer of skin.
- Over the counter medicines like anti-Itching cream and antihistamine pills help you feel better but do not kill scabies.