The mange she was tested for is called "Demodectic Mange". Has she also been tested for Sarcoptic Mange? I have to admit that some form of mange was my first thought when I read this, but I am not sure what this is really. However I am not definite about this but wonder if the mange mite would be contractable in the winter if it is cold where you live?
What did the vet say about this? Do they have any ideas what could be causing the hair loss around her eyes?
Canine Sarcoptic mange itches and is contagoius to people. Sarcoptes mites often cause hair loss around the ear tips and face but lesions can be generalized in location. Simple loss of hair around the eyes may be simply allergies. Chlorpheniramine maleate 4mg tablets are a mild inexpensive antihistamine effective to relieve minor itching and allergies. Revolution given at 14 day intervals is a current, effective therapy for Sarcoptes.
Dr Carol Osborne, DVM
I live in Michigan and it is cold now, however; this started around October/September time frame when it was still pretty warm outside. The vet said that she may be exposed to some kind of allergens. I cannot pinpoint what the allergens are because she has not rubbed her eyes, at least I have not seen her do this. However, my son said he have seen her do this occasionally. She is due for another check-up and flee/heartworm preventative medicine. I am going to address this again to the vet. Thanks for the post.
I have not caught anything from her nor has my son, so that rules out Canine Sarcoptic mange. She does not have any lesions on her eyes, the small bump that I noticed the other day is gone. I noticed that she sneezes alot when I take her outside to relieve herself, so the Chlorpheniramine maleate 4 mg tablets may be the answer. I believe after reading your post she has some sort of allergy to something. I am going to address this with my vet. Another question is where can I get this Chlorpheniramine maleate and the Revolution? Does the vet have to prescribe these? I will address that as well. Thanks for the post.
Chlorpheniramine maleate 4mg tablets are available online and the Revolution is a prescription you will need to get from your vet. Sarcoptes mites burrow very deeply under dogs skin so sometimes a deep skin scrape is needed to obtain a diagnosis.
Dr Carol Osborne, DVM
I see you've gotten some good advice. Skin issues can be so hard to diagnose!! I'd follow your Vet's recommendations but, if that should get worse, dermatomiositis (sp?) should be ruled out.
We have a 8 month dasch mix, she is a foster. She is losing hair around eyes, head, nose line, tail tip is bald, and now has dry scaley patch on her back. Took her to vet they did 3 scrapes 1 deep and couldn't find anything. They put her on steroids that made her sick.
I'm at a loss of what this is. Oh and her breathe is a bad odor, not bad breathe, but smells funky.
We have 2 puppies with the same condition, did you have any luck?
i have a almost 2yr old grey hound and she is losing hair around only one eye and has little red pimple like dots around it and also has a funky breathe smell. anyone have any luck?
What your describing sounds like Mange....Around the eye breakout is very common in the beginning...
You must find out which mange your dog has...That can only be done with a skin scrape from your Vet.....There are two kinds & treatment is different for both.....
One is contagious to other animals, humans & spreads quickly....
One itches terribly & the other, not so much.....Either way, you need to see your Vet for diagnoses and treatment.....It's better to catch & treat early......The outcome is easier and better.....Good luck & let us know.....Karla
Don't take any chances it could be simple but on re other hand it could mess with her eye site