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Contents

Foreword Introduction How to Treat Demodectic Mange Chapter One: Preparation Chapter Two: Cleanliness and Hygiene Chapter Three: Parasite Repellents Chapter Four: Diet Chapter Five: Health Supplements Chapter Six: Stress The Big Picture A Word on Defective Breeds Recommendations Photo Credits

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Foreword

Demodectic mange is an irritating condition, as Im sure youre aware. It never seems to go away, and its been affecting your dog for quite a while. Luckily for you, youre about to learn just how to solve this tiresome problem, and make your dog look healthy again. This book is the product of many hours of research, and it contains a list of remedies that have been confirmed to work by many people around the world. This means that youre not going to use a nonsensical treatment method somebody thought of once (have you heard the one about motor oil?). You have had enough of the useless solutions, so lets get you on the right path. I sincerely hope that youll find the information useful for your purposes.

Simon Tong

Introduction

This book covers the topic of demodectic mange in dogs, and how it can be treated with remedies that are both safe and effective. It is designed to be followed in a linear sequence for new readers, because every step of the treatment plan should be taken in a particular order. However, if you have already understood the basics of what to do, feel free to flip to the relevant page for the information you need.

Before We Begin: What You Need To Know


Before we do anything about curing your dogs demodectic mange, it is very important that learn a few basic things about the skin problem before we start tackling it. Therefore, well first start with learning about the important facts of demodectic mange that we need to focus on, including the root problem that we need to solve so that the mange does not reappear. Only after weve gone though that can we begin the treatment proper. Its not a very long read though, so dont worry about spending too much time on it.

How Demodectic Mange Happens


Demodectic mange is a skin problem caused by the demodex mite. There are many different types of them as well, including one that has adapted to solely living off human skin. Theyre invisible to the naked eye, but put them under a microscope and youll see some cigar-shaped organisms with six little legs crawling about. The dog version of the demodex mite prefers to make its home in the hair follicles, feeding itself with oil and dirt on the dogs body. Their main aim in life is to reproduce and increase their numbers before they die. Usually, the mite population is kept in check by the dogs immune system. A small population of demodex mites will always be present as its considered part and parcel of a normal dogs skin, but once they get too many the immune system starts killing off the excess population in order to prevent them from becoming a real danger.

Therefore, its logical to assume that when the immune system gets weak, bad things start to happen. It will no longer be able to keep up with the multiplying mites. The bugs will reproduce at an accelerated rate and will exceed the numbers that the dogs body can tolerate. The mite overpopulation starts affecting the immune system directly due to their constant activities on the skin. Given enough time, the immune system will shut down entirely, granting the mites complete freedom to cause skin damage to the dog, as well as the ability to spread to other parts of the body. The skin condition we call demodectic mange therefore describes a range of symptoms caused by the mite overpopulation. Because of their preference for living in the hair follicles, the mites will irritate the area within, causing the loss of hair, some itchiness and skin inflammation. The condition will continue to worsen until something is done to remove the excess mites.

Localized and Generalized: What does it mean?


There are two levels of demodectic mange recognised in dogs: Localized and Generalized. Both terms are used to describe the severity of the skin problem. As a general rule of thumb, a localized case will show very mild symptoms, whereas a generalized case denotes a more severe one. Heres a better description of the differences between each state: Localized: Your dog has no more than five spots of damaged skin. These usually appear as balding spots, commonly appearing on the head. In some cases, the spots may appear on the leg as well. Generalized: If youre seeing large patches of bald skin, reddish and inflamed or just has a damaged look in general, it most probably means that your dog has generalized mange. In some of the worst cases, entire parts of the body may seem like a sore red wound. At that point, something must be done immediately, or secondary infections will occur and cause more health problems. In some cases, localized mange can actually disappear without any help. This happens most often in puppies with demodectic mange, because their immune systems arent mature enough to handle the mites yet. However, there is also a chance that it might develop into a generalized case. If your dogs skin condition reaches that state, it is necessary to take an active role in its treatment.

The Problem with Treatment


Demodectic mange is an irritating problem to solve because for many people, it just never seems to go away no matter what they do. They hear about medicines like Ivermectin, Mitaban or Interceptor all the time and they try them out without any success. Sometimes they work, but the problem comes back after a month or so. Sometimes they even end up worsening your dogs health. Eventually some people start trying out the more iffy suggestions that have no scientific proof, backed up only with hope. Some eventually declare that its an untreatable condition and abandon their dogs. A few may even consider putting them to sleep, which is a terrible mistake! However, the truth is that demodectic mange can be treated successfully. The reason why people fail in doing so is that theyre focusing on the wrong thing: Treating the symptom while ignoring the problem. If youve read the part about how demodectic mange happens, you already know where the problem is (if you havent, I suggest going to the previous section to read it again): None of the treatments improve the immune system in any way. Whats the point of removing the mites and healing the wounds when nothing is done to prevent them from repeating the process? This is the reason why the treatment method used in this book is so fundamentally different from the rest: It tackles the symptoms and the root problem all at once.

Treatment Plan Outline


Our method of treatment comes in six stages: 1.) Preparation 2.) Hygiene 3.) Repellent 4.) Diet 5.) Supplement 6.) Stress-reduction These stages are meant to be done in chronological order, because we want to make sure a solid foundation is built before we move on to tackle other parts of the problem. As you will come to discover later, there is no point to doing stage six first when stage two has yet to be completed. Following this plan will provide three things:

1.) The removal of the mites causing the mange 2.) Healing the skin and fur 3.) A healthier dog with no side-effects Each part of this treatment method is designed to ensure that you will never unwittingly expose your dog to any health risks by using it, while still being an effective means to getting rid of demodectic mange for good. When youre ready to start helping your dog with his problem, flip the page and read on.

How to Treat Demodectic Mange


Chapter One: Preparation
Before we start the treatment process, we first have to make sure that your dog is not currently under another form of treatment, especially with chemical-based drugs. It is quite possible that you have seen a vet about your dogs mange at some point, and he will most likely have given you some medicine for it. Most vets usually choose from a range of three products: Ivermectin (Ivomec), Amitraz (Mitaban) or (Milbemycin Oxime) Interceptor. Each drug has its own method of usage, but what they all have in common is their purpose; they are designed to kill any parasites infecting your dog. The reason why I would recommend stopping any treatment using these drugs before our own version begins is because they might interfere with what were doing. In addition to that, these drugs do have some side effects attached to them, and in my opinion, are serious enough to influence my personal choice to never use them on my dog. The following section explains the potential effects these drugs have on your dog, should you use it.

Chemical-based drugs
The first thing you should know about these three substances is that they are all chemically based; theyre completely artificial and have no natural ingredients in them whatsoever. You may think that its not a huge deal, because everyone has taken an aspirin before and they absolutely work. However, the point that Im making is not that theyre useless, but they may not be the healthiest choice for your dog. Ivermectin Ivermectin is sold as a topical treatment, which is applied to the surface of a skin, or given as a consumable medicine to dogs. Once its been administered, it disables the mites nervous systems and paralyses them, then grants the white blood cells in the dogs body the opportunity to kill them while theyre vulnerable.

However, there are a few problems with this approach. Firstly, it only works on adult mites with a developed nervous system; this means that any unhatched mites still in their eggs will not be affected, and will mature without any problems. The second and far more serious issue is that the dogs body may come to rely solely on Ivermectin for controlling the mites, because it has already proven itself by taking over the defence systems, so to speak. Lets assume that after a long period of not having any mange problems, you finally take your dog off the drug. What happens then? Yes, the mange will be back, and they will get much worse, much faster this time around. This is because the Ivermectin has been acting as a crutch all this time, protecting your dog from the mites while the immune system remains weak. Once it disappears, there is nothing else to prevent the mites from swarming back. Ivermectin is largely considered safe by vets, but some dog owners have reported several negative side effects from its usage. Amitraz Amitraz is more commonly known as the product Mitaban. Their purpose is pretty much the same as Ivermectin; its just the delivery methods that are different. Mitaban is produced in liquid form, and is poured over the affected dog, coating the body with it. Mitaban is a pure pesticide; it disables and then kills the mites by poisoning them. Some people swear by the Mitaban dip, but others would stay away from it if they had a choice. This is because Amitraz is incredibly toxic. Its no secret that apart from the demodex mites, even dogs can be susceptible to the chemical. A large dose of it can cause some negative side effects like lethargy and loss of appetite; in severe cases, it may also prove to be fatal. Thats not even mentioning the fact that several dog breeds, including Border Collies, are particularly allergic to Mitaban; a normal dose for another breed may literally be enough to kill them. Milbemycin Oxime This is more commonly known as the product called Interceptor. Its normally used for getting rid of heartworm and other deworming practices, but somewhere along the way it was discovered that they work against mites as well. The method they use to kill the mites is also similar to Ivermectin and Amitraz. The good news is that so far, there are no reports of negative side effects due to the use of the drug. However, Interceptor is extremely expensive, and is therefore simply not worth depending on in the long run. Given that it takes quite a while to ensure the demodectic mange is gone for good, anyone using Interceptor as their primary tool will need to be prepared for unnecessarily high expenses.

But the worst thing about Interceptor is this: even though its a pricey alternative, it still doesnt ensure that the mange will return.

Chapter Summary
Chemically based drugs are used solely to kill the existing mites responsible for the mange, but its important to note that they dont do a thing in regards to the prevention of the mites. That, in addition to the possible negative side effects that may arise, is the reason why their use should be discontinued. Heres what you have to do for this chapter: 1.) Stop all current doses of chemicalbased medicines. Using them could interfere with what were going to do in the subsequent chapters. This guide is designed to give a complete treatment plan that addresses every side of the issue, so they wont be needed.

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