Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Mange And Dogs

What Can I do When my Dog Has Mange?

There is not a poorer sight than mange in dogs, and as terrible as he/she looks on the outside, they feel the same on the inside. Although mange can come in many different forms, the parasitic mites that are commonly found are, sarcoptic, demodetic, cheyletiellosis and ear mites.

Once you see the symptoms of mange, a visit to the vet is extremely important. They will diagnose the mange and then, depending on factors like age, breed and health level, give you a treatment option to start with. While you are treating your pup, there is more you can do for them than administer the medical treatment prescribed by the doctor.

Dietary Changes

Try putting your dog on a healthy diet to help rid his/her body with any unwanted toxins. Your dogs
teeth and digestive system are designed for eating one thing. Meat! While in the wild, a very small
portion of their diet consists of grains, the amount of wheat gluten in your dog food may exceed that
limit a number of times over. Its low cost and high protein content make it a good alternative for food
producers. While researching the different types of dog food available will give you a good sense of
where to start, speaking with a professional in the field is going to help you make the most informed
decision. “All-natural” is a term that gets thrown around these days, sometimes it can be used as just a marketing ploy depending on where you go.

Fur Care

Because of the nature of mange in dogs, your recovering pup is going to be uncomfortable no matter
what position they're sitting, standing or lying in. You can ease a bit of their discomfort by using a mild dog-shampoo. Knowing what is in a dog shampoo that can harm him/her can be tricky. As a general rule, if the name is utterly unpronounceable, it is likely that it is a chemical-based ingredient and has the potential to do more damage than good. Chemical-based shampoos have a good history of drying out skin, which defeats the whole purpose of making Rover comfortable. Hypoallergenic shampoos are probably going to be your best bet, but don't simply spy the label and buy. Turn it over and read the ingredients. Test the shampoo on a small patch of skin before applying.

Again, veterinary advice is going to help you make this decision.

Vitamins

A dog with an optimal immune system is best prepared to handle any health concern that comes its
way. Vitamins that boost your dogs immune system can also boost the chances of a fast recovery. Not
all vitamins that are a good choice for humans will be a good choice for dogs. Among all the amazing
things that your dog does, creating their own vitamin C is one of them. Because of this fact, the jury
is still out on whether or not it actually does any good for your dog. Other vitamins that can aid in dog health are vitamin A for immune system, a B complex for metabolism and vitamin E for skin care. Before you make any decision (yup, you guessed it) speak to a professional.

Affection

If your dog has mange, it might prompt you to keep your distance for the fear of contracting anything. Because a few types of mange in dogs can be transferred to humans, it is wise to ensure that you don't get infected, but a little bit of affection can go a long way. Just as our happiness can determine our health, the same is true for your canine. If the type of mange is demodetic, you can play with your dog without the worry of contracting anything. For other types of mange, the possibility exists to contract it, but if you wash your hands after touching your dog or have a shower after extended contact, you should be just fine. Although maybe giving your dog a five-minute long hug or cuddling with them is probably not recommended, you can still play ball, tug-of-war or any other fun games that will improve his/her happiness.

As helpless as you might feel when your cute-fuzz is suffering from mange, taking a few extra steps
will make you feel better. You'll be aiding along the healing process and take control of the situation at the same time.