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Mange

We have a 6 month old male bulldog puppy. About 2 months ago he was diagnosed with demodex mange. This diagnosis came on the heels of him receiving his Rabies shot (now I wish we would have waited until 6 months instead of at 4 months, because I have read this may cause a mange outbreak if given too early). The vet (who is used to treating bulldogs, so we trust her), put him on Ivomec for 90 days, but he became very sick (excessive vomiting, constipation) from it so we stopped that. The main problem areas are his ears, hind legs and rear. We currently have been putting hydrocortisone cream and vaseline on the spots at the recommendation of our breeder. He says that mange is common in bulldog puppies and should clear up on it's own eventually. Does anyone have experience with this in their bulldog? How long does it normally last? What treatments have you all tried that have worked? Another bulldog owner suggested Happy Jack mange products so we may try that next. Any advice/input is greatly appreciated! We hate seeing our little baby itchy all the time. Thank you!! --Katie and baby Guinness

Kathy Ollie Chester and Newman's picture

Our first bulldog had demodex and...

we had him dipped 3 times and he never had a recurrance.  The dip is pretty harsh though and not all dogs can take it.  Is it widespread?  I have heard of a topical cream called Goodwinol that is used for mange.  Meanwhile, boost his immune system with one pet tab daily, one vit E capsule, one 500 mg Ester C and 25 mg zinc.  

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Mange

Thank you for the suggestions! We may have to look into the dip. He has also developed these little scabs on his back, are those mange too? We don't know what to about them! Also, does anyone have any suggestions for constipation? He usually goes 2-3 times a day, but lately has barely been going once. We haven't changed his food or anything like that, and he gets plenty of water and exercise. 

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They can sometimes get a secondary infection when...

they have mange so the scabs could be staph.  Your vet should be able to tell and if it is, they can give you antibiotics to clear it up.  Pumkpin is good for constipation or diarrhea because it's high in fiber.  You can put a tablespoon or two on his food at each meal.  Be sure to get plain canned pumpkin, not the pumpkin pie mix.

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Mange

I had the exact same problem with my bulldog.  I gave him his rabies shot at 4 months and he go manage as well.  The vet said the Rabies shot reduced his immune system.  I too treated it with Ivomec that almost killed my little bullie.  I had some advice which worked great.  You have to boost his immune system.  I started him on Ester-C, Zinc & Vitamin E.  I also found something on line you might want to try.  It  suppose to kill the mites and also there eggs.  I did speak to the vet before I did it and she said it would not hurt but did not know if it would work but after I did put this wash on him and the vet did a scraping she could not find any mites on him anymore and he is now fine.  I will give you the recipe I have and you can try it.  I just used a clean sponge and put it where the mange was , it says to put it on once a week. I put it on only twice and his mange went away.  No harm in trying.  Here it is.  1 Cup Peroxide, 2 cups water, Put Borax (this is the one they use for laundry comes in a big box) in 1 tab. spoon at a time until it won't disssolve any more.  I found if you use hot water it works better.  Good Luck

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Mange

Thank you so much everyone for your help! These all sound like great ideas, and will definitely try them. I'll post an update to let you all know how they worked! And Guinness gives a resounding "Thank you!" woof! :)