Will He Outgrow It?
Some of what I've
mentioned above bears repeating. When a pup is little, even the smallest
deficiency in its immune system coupled with too many
"stressors", becomes more than the immune system can handle.
Now, yes -- hopefully
sometime in the first couple of years the dog DOES develop this immunity,
but why the increase that I'm seeing? My personal assumption is that once
this gets started, it's almost like a self-fulfilling prophecy. Just the
biting, scratching and nervous licking that results begins this cycle. The
more they itch the more they scratch and the more nervous it makes them.
Then there's the secondary infections - this is all compromising the
immune system further.
And it's not just a
matter of "curing" it. The animal WILL encounter these mites
forever! Yes, you must treat the present outbreak, but at the same time
get the immune system beefed up enough so that the animal CAN withstand
the next attack. Hopefully given time and good health, puppies twill
"outgrow it" - meaning the instant case is defeated and you have
a chance to settle the skin down and BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM!!!!!
This sounds like a lot
of hassle, can't I just wait and see?
no getting away from it - treating demodex IS a lot of hassle. And
it's not short-term.
If typical efforts
are made, the dog gets dipped a couple of times. Dipping can be a
horrific experience in itself. It has to be done carefully and
properly or the dog can get horribly sick (or even worse) - days of
vomiting and diarrhea can ensue. So vets and people don't like to do
it!! I can help with that - see the section on "dipping" -
again it's long, but I've worked hard with Muffin to 'develop' a
process that works.
Demodex is smelly
and unattractive (tho NOT catching to humans). If you get it under
control and learn what DOES trigger it, you can keep future
outbreaks to a minimum or at least give the animal the best shot you
can at DEVELOPING this all-important immune system.
The moral to all
this is, if you don't take a pro-active approach once you KNOW that
this animal is prone to this, the problems will snowball on top of
each other and you won't be able to get ahead. DO treat the current
problem. PUMP UP THE IMMUNE SYSTEM with herbals and supplements
(yes, yes yes they WORK!!) Keep the animal as "stress
free" as possible. Don't over-tax the system with vaccinations.
Get them, but be a bit sensible about getting them. Please see the
sections on "boosting the immune system" and
"dipping" and "general treatment."
Yep -- this is a
typical Callie-long-winded article! BUT, I hope it helps some folks
AVOID problems with the demodex!!!
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