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Specific Stressors

Many times stressors are things that just can not be helped. But what does help is being prepared for them. Knowing that certain things may inevitably cause breakouts.

Physical issues - aside from vaccinations, lots of other illnesses or health-related concerns can "stress" demodex-prone dogs. If a dog is prone to seasonal or contact allergies or is going through puppy teething, or neutering.

Whoa - READ THIS!!! This doesn't mean NOT to neuter! Quite the opposite. Sexual maturation is ALSO a stressor and frankly, "heat" (in females) or a build-up of testosterone can often compromise the immune system more than neutering By neutering I mean removal of the sex organs as a means of preventing breeding. (Look it up in the dictionary - it's as correct for a female as 'spaying')

Emotional issues - simply the stress of a new home, housebreaking, and figuring out "gee, what do these peoples want??" can trigger it. But if a dog makes it past early puppyhood and then breaks out - sometimes the stressor can be something like emotional stress they feel from the humans in the home, displacement then placement in a new situation, and particularly grief! 

Breed specific - I'm gonna list breeds here, but just because yours isn't on the list, don't put yourself above this - ANY DOG can have this problem if circumstances and propensity mingle to set the stage!!! I've heard of the following breeds as being specifically prone to demodex: Afghans, Beagles, Boxers, Boston Terriers, Bull Terriers, Chihuahuas, Collies, Dalmatians, Dachshund, Dobermans, English Bulldogs, German Shepherds, Great Danes, Old English Sheepdogs, Shar-peis, Shelties, and Staffordshire Terriers. Quite a range - not anything that's common - all are different breeds and categories!!! This is no "authorized" list - just an accumulation of things I've read and people I've heard from who've been told their breed "often has this problem." I can't really give anyone "credit" for the list - I guess it's 'mine.'


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