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Is Defendex safe for puppies? How old must the puppies be to use this product and is it safe to use around a puppy's eyes.

Smartliving Guest asked this
November 30, 2014 at 12:06 PM



Dear Bob,

Puppies should be at least eight weeks old. The shampoo should not be applied too close to the eyes. It is helpful to put bland opthalmic ointment into the eyes to prevent irritating the eyes just in case some shampoo gets in the eyes. If you are dealing with Demodectic mange, it is best to do more. It is an opportunistic infection because the immune system is weak. I would bathe with DEFENDEX shampoo once or twice weekly for 4-6 weeks or a couple of weeks past having a negative skin scraping. The shampoo is very concentrated so just use a small amount.

I would also use DERMA-IONX both internally and externally to heal and soothe the skin as well as rebuilding the immune system. Giving probiotics, MSM, vitamin C, and Omega 3,6,9 will all help in that goal. DERMA-IONX also helps the body to better utilize the supplements for faster results. I would start with a 1/2 dose of DERMA-IONX twice a day. It is easiest to add it to the food. I would feed a grain free dog food. I would offer filtered drinking water to avoid chlorine or fluoride. It would also be good to bathe with filtered water. If you have chlorinated water getting a filter would be helpful.

Please let us know how you progress or if you have any other questions.

Best wishes,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
December 1, 2014 at 8:47 AM
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