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I have a 6 month old dachshund puppy. I had a skin scrape done on him and they found 3-4 demodex mites in the scrape. They took the scrape from 2 different areas on his skin down his spine. He has flaky skin only down his spine and no where else. They want to use mitaban dip on him at least 6 to 8 different times in about a 4 month interval, I read about the dip and how it's not the best thing in the world I would like to do it a natural way or just leave it alone since he is a puppy it might just go away on its own. Do you think I should give him immune support supplements to help? Also I want to see if this shampoo you guys sell is really going to work?

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August 18, 2014 at 5:45 PM



Dear Chelsea,

Demodectic mange 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
August 25, 2014 at 8:40 AM
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