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do I have to take my dog to a vet to treat fr scabies
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Yes!!...There are 2 Kinds of Mange...The treatment is different for each kind.....One is contagious to humans & other animals & one is not.....Your Vet will do a skin scrape to determine which Mange you are dealing with.....Either way, Mange makes a dog miserable & the sooner treatment begins, the better the outcome.....Both kinds CAN be cured, but it's harder the longer the dog has it.....Call your Vet tomorrow & get the treatment started....Good luck, Karla
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As Karla has said, you most definitely DO have to take your dog to the vet to be treated for scabies.  Scabies is simply a term for mites, and if your dog has scabies it has mange.  If it's the type that can be passed along to humans you and your whole family stand to get it unless you treat it immediately and aggressively.

What breed of dog do you have?  If it's a collie or a breed developed using the collie (like a shetland sheepdog, border collie, Australian Shepherd) you need to discuss the treatment with your vet before giving the dog Ivermectin, which is the treatment of choice for mange.  

Collies and breeds developed using the collie possess something called the multi-drug resistance (or MDR1) gene.  While the majority of the collies in Europe and overseas do not have this gene, the majority of the collies in the USA DO have it, and therefore using ivermectin on them can prove lethal.  This gene encodes a large transmembrane protein, p-glycoprotein, which is an integral part of something called the blood-brain barrier.  P-glycoprotein is responsible for transporting medications FROM the brain back into the capillaries.  When the MDR1 gene is mutated, it cannot remove the medications from the brain, which causes neurotoxicity.  There are several medications that can be lethal for collies, and ivermectin is one of the most widely used of these drugs.  Loperamide, or Immodium (the popular antidiarrheal drug) is another.

If your dog is a collie, collie cross or breed developed using the collie, it's mandatory to do testing first to see if it possesses the MDR1 gene mutation.  If it does NOT, then ivermectin can be used to treat the mange.  If it DOES possess the gene mutation, then treatment must be limited either to external treatments.  Also, if your dog is a collie it CAN safely be given the heartworm preventative HeartGard because the dosage is low enough as to not be toxic.  However, the dosage of ivermectin needed to treat mange is 50 times higher than the heartworm preventative dose, so it definitely is NOT safe to give a dog with the MDR1 gene mutation.

Hopefully, your dog is not a collie or collie cross and can safely tolerate the treatment.  If your dog happens to have two different colored eyes, please have your vet run the test for the gene before beginning treatment since Aussies, Border Collies and other herding breeds that were developed using the Collie can routinely have two different colored eyes, and this could indicate that the breed is in the mix of whatever your dog is even though he or she may not look like it.  Better to be safe than sorry!

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