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dog mange and humans (sorry so long) UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by sarabeth, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. sarabeth

    sarabeth Songster

    Sep 24, 2008
    Mammoth Spring, AR
    I got this new puppy adopted him from a shelter. Couple days after i noticed him scratching and loosing his hair. Didn't really think about it much cause he had fleas when I got him. Well I woke up 3 days later to tons of bites on my breast where the puppy slept in my bed. Still thought nothing about it. Then it went to my stomach then my back. Now it's all over me. So I went to the doctor ands he says it's from the puppy having mange. I gave the puppy to a women. She said she would take him to the puppy to the vet. I gave it away before I knew it was the mange. Now doc gave me stuff to help but does anyone know what will take the itch away? PLEASE if anyone knows anything about this will you help me. Docc said I wasn't the only one this week in there for this this week. I'm wondering if they got their puppy the same place I did. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2009
  2. Skyesrocket

    Skyesrocket Songster

    Mar 20, 2008
    Hmmm...are you sure the doc said mange? Mange is caused by a mite that lives deep in the dogs skin. The mites aren't like fleas...where they jump on and off of the dog and you are able to see them on the surface of the skin.
    To me it sounds like flea bites.
    I know there are different kinds of mange, but it is very hard to catch mange from a dog.
    Could it have been ringworm?
    Whatever it is you might want to call the shelter and let them know so the other pups could be treated before they get adopted out.
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
  4. key west chick

    key west chick Songster

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    Did they do a skin scraping? There are 2 types of mange. Demodex and sarcoptic. Demodex is not common in humans. Skin scraping is really the only way to determine if its mange and what type.
  5. Mom 2em All

    Mom 2em All Songster

    Apr 20, 2008
    Southeast Michigan
    Quote:I was just going to post that. Demodex is not contagious to humans, and the most common mange seen in puppies..however, scabies is indeed contagious.
  6. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    People can and do get sarcoptic mange from infected pups, as an animal shelter worker I got it twice. Doc should have given you a shot for it. But howdy it itches until it's gone. Sarna lotion helps a tiny bit, so do the cortico-steroid cremes, a bit.

    Demodex mange is caused by an animal with a poor immune system being unable to adapt to the ALWAYS present demodex mite. It does not affect humans. Some dogs present with demodex from stress immune suppression, then get better.

    Some are born with a poor immune response, get generalized demodex and never get totally well, or worse simply are so miserable, constantly that they have to be put down.

    Sarcoptic mange can affect dogs, people and other animals. It will get in your bedding, the dogs bedding, the furniture the pup has been on and even carpeting. It's one reason we crate suspect pups before allowing them general access to the house. I HATE that itch.

    Good luck.
  7. ametauss

    ametauss Songster

    Aug 20, 2008
    Shepherdsville, KY
    I just went thru this with a puppy I got....

    Scabies from Scartopic (sp) mange in dogs is what humans get.

    It itches like crazy.... Take benadryl orally and get some topical anti-itch.... I hope the doc gave you the cream to cover your body with....

    It takes about 2 wks for the mites to complete the cycle to die....

    Wash everything like you would for lice.... place pillows and toys in black plastic bags for two days...

    I also used DE and spread it around the house where the puppy was at....

    Tell the person you gave the puppy to... Ivermec orally at 1/10th of a ml per 20 lbs daily for two weeks should cure the puppy....

    It's hard to get rid of but if you treat it like a lice infestation in cleaning your house it will go away....

    All four of my family had to be treated with the cream from the doctor and two rounds of cleaning....

  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Good point, but the dog is gone. Most, if not all, mites on dogs cannot live on humans. You probably got infested with fleas, which hatch constantly. Wash everything in hot/warm water, and vacuum like crazy. Remove the bag after vacuuming, and get it out of the house! there are eggs in there that will hatch in 3 days. Any other pets should be treated for fleas.

    Maybe take a Benadryl before bedtime, so you can get some sleep! Works for me, and this is flea heaven. Good luck!
  9. key west chick

    key west chick Songster

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    I'm thinking fleas too. I've never had mange but can you actually see the bites? Since she can see little bite marks I'm wondering if its something other than mange.
  10. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    It's not uncommon for mange to pustule (sp)- make swollen little marks or ooze. That's part of why dogs lose coat due to the irritation.

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