This past Sunday, I adopted an approximately 18mo old female shih tzu. In early Jan 2010, her and her three puppies were dropped over a 6 foot privacy wall at the rescue organization. The mom and pups were nothing but skin and bones, fleas and demodex mange. The mom, which is who I just adopted, was adopted out a month later still recovering from demodex mange. Currently, her coat is short but fluffy but needs a good grooming due to knots. Her previous adoptive parents returned her to the rescue org due to frustration/vet bills due to the demodex mange. Three weeks later, here we are. I know only what the rescue organization and what I read online about demodex mange. I know her previous owners had taken care of her as best as they could (she's up to date on all of her vaccines, spayed, came with meds, toys, etc.) but I want to know what can I do to help my new furkid with demodex mange? She has black parts to various parts of her skin and she has a dirty dog smell even though I gave her a bath a few days ago.
She's on Ivermectin .2cc once daily/orally & Hydroxyzine 10mg every 8-12 hours for itching.
They gave me Sebozole shampoo (haven't used yet) and also an oatmeal shampoo. She's eating a top notch dog food without soy, wheat, corn, etc. And her weight is about 8-10lbs (no more skin and bones!) She was treated with frontline in October by owners; no sign of fleas.
Although she drinks and eats well, she doesn't go to the bathroom much. 2 pees and a poop yesterday and NOTHING today! Maybe its nerves? Being in a new environment? I am not sure.She seems to salivate a lot but I read that could be a side effect of the ivermectin.
How long does it take to clear up the demodex mange? Will the black areas turn flesh color when she is better? What else can I do for her? http://bellasphotoblog.blogspot.com/ has a picture of what she looks like with one of the areas effected. There is also her "before" picture from Jan.
Thank you for any assistance.