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Demodectic mange in older dogs

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Old November 29th 06, 07:29 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
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Default Demodectic mange in older dogs

My 10yo mixed breed recently developed what appears to be a classic red
mange lesion on her side. Once the dead skin was scraped off, a red
hairless spot remained. Thankfully, it has been limited to this one
spot. My first dog had to deal with the generalized type throughout her
life as a consequence of being taken from her mother too soon as a

Now, the question: can prednisone supress a dog's immune system to the
point that this type of mange could become a frequent problem? She takes
a small dose of this steroid to control other problems she has.
Normally, I'd just take her to the vet and have them tell me if this is
the likely cause, but I must admit that money is tight and I can't
afford to take her to see the vet every time she gets a rash.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

"Whatever you do, don't stick your head in the oven" - Keith Hernandez,
on how to end a batting slump


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