January 3, 2013 8:12 AM Subscribe
We found out today that my lab has Sarcoptic mange. What can we do to help ease our poor, miserable dog's itching?
posted by Kimberly to pets & animals (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
He has seen a vet and is being treated (more details below if you're interested), but what should we do to ease his itchy suffering while we wait for the mites to die?
I've been rubbing jojoba oil on his skin in the morning and at night and he actually comes over to me and gives me access to his bald spots when I get the bottle out so I think that's helping. The vet also recommended Zyrtek and gave him a big anti-inflammation shot this morning.
Is there anything else we can do to make sure he is as comfortable as possible while we wait out the three weeks or so for all the eggs to hatch?
Probably non-relevant details to the main question:
We believe he (4 years old this month) was infected by one of my mom's dogs who brought it home from the kennel and it looks like they all have it. We did call the daycare/kennel where we think he got it and told them about the issue and are keeping him away from other dogs for now.
The itching has been going on for several weeks. The first time we took the dogs to the vet for itching, mange scrapings came back negative and the vet thought it was allergies and told us to give him Benadryl. We took him back to the vet again because of the bald patches and intense itching and he confirmed mange.
We were given Revolution to treat the mange and all of the dogs will be on the same medication. We will be washing bedding, collars, toys etc to stop the cross contamination.