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January 12th, 2009, 06:40 PM
Hello to all! My name is Angie and my boyfriend and I recently adopted a Chihuahua mix named Gizmo from our local Humane Society. I also have a chihuahua named Shenzi and cat named Zazu. I've been waiting to find another dog before Gizmo to be a companion for both my others, since Shenzi is only 4 pounds and Zazu is 14. I figured something in between sizes would be good for both of them :dog::cat:
Well, we met Gizmo who is about 7 lbs and fell in love. He has Demodectic mange and the HS told us they were treating him and if continued, he would make a full recovery by 6-8 months. He's about 14 months old, so still a puppy. We took him to my vet the day we got him and was told that his case was more serious than we were led to believe and could potentially be worse than just the mange, although the mange is bad enough. He has a generalized case and it is very serious and very painful. He's been put on Ivermectin, antibiotics and has a medicated shampoo. But every day he is bleeding from somewhere and we can't even pick him up. He can barely move, although he does eat and go out.
I was hoping that if anyone else had an experience like this, they could tell us how it worked out for them. We don't want to give up on this little guy, he is so sweet, but we can't afford a serious illness. We are willing to do all that we can, but we want to be fair to him. I hope to hear something positive. Thank you!!!

Jim Hall
January 12th, 2009, 07:49 PM
welcome i would suggest if you can to post this in the pet health board i have no experiance with that but i am sure you will find a lot of help here

January 12th, 2009, 09:44 PM
Hi, Angie. Sorry to hear about your little Gizmo! :grouphug:

I've got some experience with localized demodectic mange, but none with a generalized case. I think Jim's suggestion is good--posting your question in the health forum. A lot more people will read it there and maybe some of the other members will have some advice!

Welcome to the forum! I hope you can get some suggestions on how to make your little guy better! :goodvibes:

January 12th, 2009, 10:36 PM
Welcome to the forum! You will meet a lot of very helpful and friendly people here :thumbs up