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Squeegee has mange, ewwwww! Haha. It's really not that bad actually. He just has a little spot on his cheek where he is missing fur and his skin is a little red. The vet said that he apparently got it from his mother when he was nursing. It's crazy that he's been gone from her for like 7 months and it's just now showing up. He said that it lingers and shows up within the 1st year. He is on an oral solution medication that we have to give him for 1 month then return to the vet. If it is clearing up then he will continue the meds for another month. If it's not then we'll have to try something else.

Has anyone else had this happen? Did it clear up pretty easily? Can't believe it's so high maintenance to clear up a little spot like that!
 

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Vicki, Did the vet say what kind of mange it is? Jake has Demodectic mange, especially on his legs and paws. My vet supply gave me a tube of a product called NU-Stock (www.nustock.com) that is a paste and is guaranteed to cure any kind of mange. So far it is working well in addition to his meds. The paste is mixed with baby oil to thin it out. The most important thing is that you caught it early so it won't spread. Oh, Jake says that you have to give squeegee an extra treat after he gets his meds!
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Since it's on his face it sounds like it could be Demodectic mange which is caused by Demodex canis, a tiny mite that cannot be seen without the aid of a microscope. This mange strikes puppies from three to 12 months old.

The demodex mite is commonly present in the pores of puppy skin and usually does not cause symptoms, and it not at all certain what causes them to activate. The mites can produce a substance that lowers the dog's resistance to them and make use of an opportunity to multiply.

It's also possible that some lines of purebred dogs carry lowered resistance to the mites, and that stress can trigger an active infestation. In any case, demodectic mange symptoms include thinning of the hair around the eyes and mouth and on the front legs that evolves into patches of hair loss approximately one inch in diameter. This mange may correct itself within three months or may require treatment.

However, demodectic mange can also begin as a localized infestation and develop into a generalized case with multiple hair-loss sites on the dog's head, legs, and body. This is a far more serious condition and requires veterinary attention. The dog's skin is sore, crusty, and oozing; the hair follicles are clogged with mites and debris. Treatment is extended and requires bathing in medicated shampoo and application of an insecticide to kill the mites. I would advise to just follow the Vet's directions and it should start clearing up soon.
 

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Yep! Roscoe had demodactic mange when he was about 5 months old. There were only a few small patches on him and we had to use a topical that the vet prescribed. It was gone before the jar of cream was even close to finished and has never returned!
 
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