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Old 03-15-2006, 09:28 AM   #1
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I have a female GSP which has developed bald patches on her toes, wrists, ankles and one patch on her bum over a few years. these patches specially on her feet can become raw after exercise in grass fields etc.
the vet always dismissed these sores as pressure points i.e. where the dog was lying down etc... about 4 mts ago she her hair started to fall out on her neck & nose and had a rank smell....vet diagnosied scaroptic mange and included the sores on her feet..
now since that she's had 3 courses of anti biotics & I've been treating her with "stronghold" spot on once a mth, dipping her sores some sort of dip which I need to dilute and washing her with an anti-fungle shampoo twice a week the smell has gone and her neck has healed but she still has these sores on her feet & legs.

does anyone know how to cure these sores???

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Old 03-16-2006, 05:24 AM   #2
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I personally love tea tree ointment for the dogs. Some people say it's toxic but I'm fairly sure that's the neat oil. Anyway, I use it all the time on them and haven't had any problems.
It's a brilliant anti-fungal and also has a slight menthol cooling effect, you could try using that in addition to the vet products?

Does she chew or lick at them?

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Although I don't see her lick them I'm sure she does cause the ones she gets at are worse than the ones she can't reach...

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what is the product name of the tea tree stuff?

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I don't go by product name for the cream - your local pharmacy or health food shop should supply? It's just a ointment or cream with tea tree at about 1-2%, depends what they have in and at what price

If her feet get really bad because she's licking, you can get Mikki boots (stick that into Google and you'll find them no probs). But the tea tree will also put her off licking - shouldn't imagine it tastes very nice

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thanks for the info

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Very welcome - hope it helps

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Let us know how she gets on!

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hi has your vet done anymore skin scrapes? i would get him to do some again cos the mange can live for a long time! i am a vet nurse and have seen demidect and scarpotic mange really bad! it can take a long time to cure and you really need to be doing weekly skin scrapes to check how many mites are still alive!it usually takes a good 3-6months to get on top of it

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my vet never actually took a skin scraping in the first place.
I have been instructed to apply "stronghold" (which is a spot on treatment) between the dogs shoulder blades every 4 weeks. I believe the active idgrediant in this is ivermecin or something like that. as well as wash her in anti-fungal shampoo..
for the best part of it, it has cleared but she still has these small spots aout the size of a fifty pence piece on her elbows and feet which are bald and crusty.

I don't have much faith in any of my local vets, so if there's any advice you can give please do.

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CHANGE YOUR VET!!!!

If you don't have faith in them, then don't give them your business. I travel 8miles to my vet rather than use the more local ones.
You'd ask for a 2nd opinion for yourself if you weren't happy - do it for your dog too

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