Waldo was sentenced with mange for the first time in August (if you've ever dealt with mange, you'll understand why I say, "sentenced"). The treatments were probably not what they should have been (and I was very uninformed about what should have been going on), and so the symptoms went away, but the cause did not. In November, his mange came back with a vengeance (you can check out posts in November for more info on that, or see pictures on this site).
After 2 months of treatment, his hair started to return, and he acted like himself again. I started noticing, however, several dry patches on his skin, and the hair started to fall out again. (I'm pointing to one of the spots, but you can see the other blotchy patches)
I took him to the vet on Wednesday for a scraping...and those durn mites are very persistent!! He still has mange. Grr...arrgh. The vet who was there on Wednesday wasn't sure of the next course of action, as he had already been through an entire bottle of Ivomec (the typical mange treatment), so he put in a call to a veterinary dermatologist for advice. We returned to the vet on Thursday for the treatment regimen. Waldo is back on antibiotics for some sores he continues to get occasionally. He will continue treatment with Ivomec, upping the dosage to 2ml. He was also given an immune support supplement, because the base cause of his recurring bouts of mange is an immunodeficiency disorder of some kind. So, here's a pic of Waldo's daily intake:
(from L to R) 2 ml of Ivomec daily, 3 tsp. of Canine Immune Support, 1200 mg of Fish Oil, 1000 mg of Cephalexin, 1000 mg of Vitamin C. Why do I feel like I'm taking care of an old man?
The vet said that she once had a dog that she had on Ivomec her whole life. I'm hoping that we'll be able to treat the problem in a more natural way, because Ivomec is not the cheapest treatment in the world ($75 for the bottle you see in the pic)! We've tightened our belts to the tightest spot already, and I've only been out of work 2 weeks.
I also am trying to get more weight on him. He's just under the "healthy" weight range for Great Danes his age, and he looks painfully thin, as you can see in the picture:
He eats like a horse (7 to 7 1/2 cups a day), and we had him worm-checked at the vets, as well, so he's fine on that front. I just think that his little body is working so hard to fight off this infection that he's not able to put any weight on (he's sitting at 83 lbs, when 85-100 is appropriate for a 9-month Dane). I know several of you Dane owners have some natural ways to put weight on your babies. Any suggestions?
The one consolation is that Waldo is acting fine. He is a joy to have around--in fact, right now he has his head on my lap as I type (seems to be a favorite pastime of his). He and Gus love to wrestle, play bitey-face, tug-of-war, and take naps together. I just want to make sure the outside matches the inside!!
edited to fix the ivomec dosage.