We rescued an 8 week old basenji mix puppy 3 weeks ago. After having her for 2 weeks we discovered she had roundworms (though the rescue says she had been de-wormed). A few days after seeing the vet we noticed a small loss of fur around her eyes and the next day she had thinning hair on her forehead. We took her to the vet immediately and found out she had demodex mange. She was given a Mitaban dip and we were told she would need to come back every 2 weeks for several treatments until we had 2 negative scrapes for mites. As we left the vet told us that she could possibly get worse before she gets betters, including reddened skin and bumps. This morning (2 days after her dip) she is definitely worse and now has bumps, scabs and a few sores. It is Sunday so I plan on calling the vet tomorrow first thing because I fear she may have gotten a secondary infection that requires antibiotics.
My question is: Though I plan to continue with the vet’s treatment plan, I wonder if there is any SAFE things I can do at home to alleviate the symptoms? I can tell she is uncomfortable because she doesn’t want to play, sleeps and cuddles a lot, itches herself, and pulls away if I try to touch her head (where there appears to be bumps/sores). I have coconut oil and I wonder if it would be okay to dab a little of that on her scabs since it is safe to ingest. I don’t feel comfortable using benadryl or cortisone cream without my doctor’s approval. And even though my doctor did not mention anything about whether or not she could be bathed in between dips, I have read online that you should probably not get them wet in between. Like I said, we will be seeing him tomorrow, I just wonder if there’s something I can do today.
Answer by cat & jo
I wouldn’t use anything topical without consulting with the Vet first. You can ask him or her about adding an Omega 3 fish oil capsule to her food, too. Also ask your Vet about ester-C as a supplement. Both help bolster the immune system and that can help with demodex mange since it breaks out when the immune system is lowered. Ask if you can give her something to help alleviate the itching as well as how much you can give her. There are some over the counter meds and there are scripts that your Vet can recommend.