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Ask Euro Puppy USA : "External Dog Parasites"


July 12, 2010
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Question:

Hi Mario, I have a question about mites. In July Brutus got three hot spots, one on his butt right above the tail, and two on his right shoulder. My vet said the tail was a hot spot, but the shoulders were mites. She said it was related to his testosterone levels and we should fix him right away. She also put him on a liquid oral medicine, everyday for two months, then every other day for two months, and then once every three days for two months. The hot spot was cured quickly and the hair grew back quick, the hot spots she said would take longer to the other follicles wake up. My question to you is everything looks great, all his hair has grown back and he looks perfect. My vet moved to Florida and we have a new one, but I wanted to check with you if this sounded familiar, and if we need to continue the medicine, we are three months into it. Is this something you know about? Ivercide 1% is the medicine. I have refills from the new vet but wanted your input.
Thanks
Jennifer Peres

 

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Answer:

Hi Jennifer,

How I hate those nasty mites. However, I have never heard of mites or hot spots occurring due to hormone levels. This is an easily corrected issue with the right shampoo and lotions. What meds are you giving for two months? Ivercide is for mites. Same for mange. This I believe is another form of Ivomectin. This is used orally to control heartworms and other parasites as well as a treatment for mange which is caused by certain mites. I would also bathe him with an oatmeal shampoo. Dry skin often leads to hot spots. I recall you telling me you were going to fix the poor guy. If that’s what you want to do, then it is fine. But I would not do it based on these skin issues.Please do continue the meds the vet prescribed for the entirety of the suggested period. Not doing so because he looks fine is a mistake we all often do. Let the meds do their job. Please bear in mind that I am not a vet. Just simply letting you know what I have learned during thirty years of dealing with dogs and exotic animals.
Regards,

Mario
Euro Puppy

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