Does my dog have mange???(view pictures)?
I got my lab mix 4 month old puppy from the pound 5 days ago. when my kids and i played with her before deciding to take her i noticed some bare spots on her hind legs. i told the kennel worker i was concerned about it and she assured me that it was not mange and that it was from her and the other puppy she was with playing really rough...i took her word for it.......however since we have been home she has not stopped chewing and scratching her hind legs, she also crawls on the grass outside i guess as a way to scratch her stomach, i have noticed a couple small round scabby spots..here are some pics..
if not mange what??
is it contagious to cats?
is there any home treatments for it?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Take her to the vets and change her food. She might be allergic to what they were giving her at the shelter. The reaction could cause the itching. Most "name brand" dog foods like science diet, iams,and whatnot are basically filled with fillers and things that are basically bad for dogs. Try changing her food to wellness,canidae, or merrick brand. The same thing happened to our shelter dog and my aunts dog. After a few weeks on the food the skin and hair issues cleared up. It's a bit more expensive food, but it's better in the long run. Just be sure to have a real vet check her out. Sometimes shelter vets basically just say what you want to hear so they can open another cage spot.
Our 6 month old puppy had worms AND kennel cough when we brought him home. They also said he could have had parvo , but thankfully he didn't.
Always get a second or even third opinion!
Good luck and keep me posted!
- 1 decade ago
It could be mange, but there are lots of other skin diseases and other types of mites too that it could be. The bumps you are noticing are likely a secondary infection from all of the scratching and itching. Your dogs should visit the vet for a skin scraping where they will see if they can find any of the mites and treat appropriately.
From everything you are saying it sounds very suspicious of mange. Mange is contagious to cats and people for that matter. There are no good home treatments (especially since its not confirmed to have that problem) and the treatment at the vet is straight forward and easy.
- bookmomLv 61 decade ago
Mange CANNOT be identified without a vet taking a skin sample. There is more than one kind of mange and not all of it is contagious.
I don't know what it is but I do know you should take the pup to the vet to find out before it gets worse or makes anyone else sick.
- PamelaLv 71 decade ago
this animal should have never left shelter, if this is mange it has you could carry it on clothes to infect other ppl animals with it, you should have taken dog to vet within 24 hrs of getting it and if vet says it is mange you could of taken it back and gotten another or money back,
Not a real smart move, those ppl working in shelters have no degrees in animal science and dont know what they are looking at
get this dog to vet now.
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- 1 decade ago
It looks to me like mange, but I would take her to the vet to make sure. I've seen many cases of mange in my working at an animal shelter, and alot of times, if one dog has it, it spreads to the other dogs. I would most definately take her to the vet to confirm its mange.
- 1 decade ago
see a vet the lady could be wrong
- Anonymous1 decade ago