I've been coming to this site for almost a year, since my husband and I brought our baby girl, Lilo, home. Now I'm looking for some help - you all seem so knowledgeable.
Lilo turned 1 just before Christmas. We've been dealing with demodex mange/mites all winter. She had a series of five Ivermectin injections due to all the constant itching. She ended up scratching her face raw in places, and then got a secondary infection. That resulted in a round of Keflex. She then seemed to do fine for about a month, and the itching started all over again. Back to the vet we went - another skin scraping and test - round two of the demodex mange/mites. The vet recommended another series of Ivermectin injections. She has so far had 2 of the recommended 3 injections - but is still scratching her face and her ears raw.
I'm concerned about the amount of these injections she has had - as I know that this is a very strong medication. Especially as it doesn't seem to be helping. The vet says the mites are due to the abundance of rabbits around the area, and the fact that Lilo is young and her immune system isn't strong enough to fight them off. She says that Lilo will eventually outgrow this. Do any of you have recommendations regarding demodex mange/mites or treatment? I have seen various posts about supplementing the diet with Ester C and other things to boost the immune system - but I'm not sure what all I should supplement with, what doseages, and if I would give her human supplements or if there are special canine supplements?
Next question - apparently she does NOT have the ear mites - yet she seems to scratch her ears constantly. We clean her ears every few days to every day. About 3 weeks ago we started to wean her from Fromm Puppy Gold to Fromm 4-Star Surf and Turf (mixing a little at at time so she can get used to it - it's grain-free, with the recommended lower protein percentage). Around that same time her ears (especially one of them) started to get extra gunky - brown gunky and was not yeasty smelling at all. The vet didn't seem to think there was a correlation with the food, and it has improved with increasing the cleaning frequency. Any ideas what that could have been caused by?
She also has always had pretty watery eyes, and her eye wrinkles are constantly wet and red/irritated. She doesn't really have the discolored tear stains, the wrinkles just seem to be wet and raw. We do clean her wrinkles frequently - and have tried everything from baby wipes to noxema pads (recommendation from another bully owner). We also have tried Aveeno cream (like Desitin) and baby powder to keep them dry. Suggestions at all for what we should do for this?
Lilo does get coconut oil daily - in the morning and evening (she LOVES it - drools as soon as she sees me get it out haha). I'm wondering if we should consider allergy testing at all? We have tried giving Benadryl, which seems to help some.
I know a lot of you are huge advocates of feeding raw, I just don't think we are ready to try that. Also - do any of you know of a good bulldog vet in the Hudson, WI or Twin Cities (MN) area? We really do love our vet - but she isn't necessarily a "bulldog" vet.
Sorry for the extremely long post!!! I welcome any and all suggestions, as we are at our wits end with what the right things to do are.
Lilo and her momma
(Sorry no pics - can't figure out how to add them.)