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Mayzie has, ugh, I don't even want to say it

So as you know, right when I got Mayzie at 11 weeks(?), she kept scratching her ears. The vet treated them with something. But I took her back because she kept scratching. He did something else. Repeat, but this time we got a diagnosis puppy pyoderma with a medicated shampoo and Biovox. Well, she was scratching even more, so I took her in again today, and the vet called and said we had to talk. He said he decided to do a thorough search because he knew there just had to be something he was missing. And he found it...mange. The sarcoptic kind. He said he very rarely sees it any more, and especially not in our suburb. I explained where she came from, and he was still surprised.

I asked if that could explain my itch, and he said yes, and his friend who is a dermatologist will give me a cream as a favor. Meanwhile, Mayzie - who must just be miserable right now between her separation anxiety and everything else - is getting a deep medicated bath that she has to soak in. I am seriously on the verge of tears. A friend of mine from law school got me a part-time job at a university, and this is my second week, and I am kicking myself so hard because Mayzie is at the vet without me. Even though I work 5 hours a few days a week now, my daughter's schedule rarely leaves Mayzie alone, and I just know she is freaking out.

I took her for her first grooming visit a couple of days ago for the "face, feet, and fanny special", and they said she freaked out there too, flailing about. They are a sweet, small operation and they care for Coco and Porky too, so I know they comforted her, but my heart is really sad for her right now.

Not to mention what I have to do at home...clean her crates and throw away all her linens. I haven't even read up about it on the 'net yet. Just had to come here to confess and get sympathy. I promise we are very clean people...just used a really bad breeder I guess.


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So sorry for you and poor Mayzie. At least now you know what the problem is and can get the proper treatment. Hang in there, better days are ahead.
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Poor Mayzie. She's so lucky to have you as her mama to ensure she gets the best care possible. I don't know anything about mange but it sounds like she's getting the right care now that this diagnosis has been made. Hang in there.
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I'm so sorry to hear what you all are going through, but happy you have an answer. Of course it's not you, it sounds like the equivalent of a kid having lice!
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Sorry to hear you and Mayzie have to go through this problem... I'm sure with treatment this will clear up quickly. I won't go through my long story, but when I was a teenager I purchased a collie puppy that had mange. I remember the vet gave me shampoo and it cleared up quickly. Hope your fur baby is feeling lot's better soon!
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I'm so sorry for you and for Maysie.....
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Poor you and poor Mayzie! From what I've read, it is quite contagious, both with humans and other dogs. (it seems that it clears up in people even without treatment in most cases) All dogs in the house may need to be treated, and the affected dog quarantined. Because it's so contagious, you should probably let your grooming place know about it, so they can disinfect thoroughly.

The good thing is that it is completely curable, and then your cute girl can get back to being an adorable fluffy (non-itchy!) puppy!!!


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Thank you all for the support. I just feel so awful. When I was young, we put a Doberman pup down for demodectic mange, and I have always had it in my mind that sarcoptic mange was the "dirty" kind, the kind foxes and coyotes and dirty dogs who were chained to trees got. And then I read that it is called "canine scabies", and that has just about put me in the loony bin. I did call the grooming place, and I guess I will have to get Coco and Porky checked out so we don't end up in a carousel of it. Thanks for all the kind words.


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I am so honored that you trust this forum to share. Please know that there is no one on this forum that would ever judge you. I am new to forum, but everyone has been so kind and gracious. Willie and I will send positive thoughts your way....
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I am so honored that you trust this forum to share. Please know that there is no one on this forum that would ever judge you. I am new to forum, but everyone has been so kind and gracious. Willie and I will send positive thoughts your way....
Boy, you do have good insight, because I felt very humiliated and was scared to discuss it. But you are right, I have found the people on this forum to be really good to give their opinions - sometimes even strong opinions - without being tacky or judgmental. And this is the main place I have to discuss it, so it would have been worth it to me anyway. I think.

Here's a picture of her ear after they shaved it. It is by far the worst spot. I have to take her back Monday to get an application of a medicine, then return 3 days after that for another bath, then a week later for her last bath. I've mopped, washed, tossed, and replaced everything. Here's hoping Coco and Porky don't have positive scrapings tomorrow morning. Sigh.
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