Thursday, March 09, 2006

Should I breed my pupply with demodectic mange? There are lots of people that decide to buy a new puppy and use them for breeding. The trouble sometimes is that you get the puppy home, fall in love with him or her, then discover little balding patches. You take it to the vet and are shocked to hear your new furry friend has DEMODETIC MANGE! (It is sometimes called puppy or red mange) Oh, my!!! So have all your hopes and dreams just vanished in thin air? Not necessarily.......

ALL puppies are born with demodetic mange. The pup's immune system and hereditary both factors in to how mange will react. At birth, demodetic mange mites will come from the mother and if they have a "reaction" it is called "localized mange". Some vets will tell you to wait a couple of weeks and see how it progresses. If it goes away, your puppy will more than likely not have another problem with mange for the rest of his/her life. If it gets worse or just doesn't go away, you are probably dealing with more "generalized mange" which can present problems very quickly. The rule of thumb most vets use is if the puppy only experienced "localized mange" and it went away, you can quite possibly still use him/her for breeding. But, if it developed into generalized mange, they will say to go ahead and steralize. The problem will be passed on to it's litters....maybe not to each puppy but to know that you are taking a chance of putting even one little puppy through the agony of mange, it's best to not even try.

Localized demodicosis is almost exclusively a "puppyhood" disease. When a puppy develops localized mange, the chance of the condition resolving itself is 90%. If there is an inheritant problem and a predesposition for mange, the chances of resolving drops down to 50%. Pretty sad news, huh? The first thing you need to do is get your furry friend on vitamin supplements to boost the immune system. Then you need to decide if you are going to treat the mange with the dips recommended from the vet. Please investigate what these dips are made of and the possible side effects as some can be quite poisonous and even cause fatal liver damage.

For more information on mange, please visit www.everydaysolutionsrx.com/mange and look for more blogs concerning the health of yourself and your pet.....