I got Koda a little over 2 years ago at a flea market when he was about 8-9 weeks
old for $8.00. He was in very poor condition when I got him. He was malnourished
and was diagnosed with entropian and another disease (I can't think of the name)
that caused his eyeballs not to fully mature. He has always been happy, healthy,
and full of energy. About a year ago I moved out of my parents' house into my own
place. He quit eating for a while, then when he did start eating again his appetite
was never as big as it was before and he started losing weight. The vet said she
thought he was depressed because everything else was normal. Then about 5 months
ago I noticed some sores around his eyes and cheek area. I was informed that it
was demodex mites, and that the only two treatments that would work were Mitaban
and Ivomectin. I tried Mitaban at first which took a while to get a hold of. After
seeing the way he reacted, I won't use it on him again unless I absolutely have
to. Most of his patches are just hairless, a few have have been itched raw, but
now he has them on his feet, stomach and face. He has lost a good bit of weight
since the problem started. He probably eats about 2-3 cups a food daily and is fed
4-5 (he leaves a lot behind). He eats Pedigree small crunchy bites, and occasionally
Pedigree wet food if he won't eat. Thank you for your help!!
There are some general suggestions I can provide that will help build your dog’s
immune system and move him toward a healthier state which will make it easier to
rid him of the mites. You need to combine this advice with the care of a qualified
veterinarian in your area who can treat the demodex mite problem conventionally
as well with oral medication (not Mitaban).
Again, this is general advice for strengthening his immune system and improving
his overall health. It is important to treat the demodex mites both holistically
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