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Old May 1st, 2008, 05:17 PM
DoodleMan DoodleMan is offline
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Question Mange/Skin Condition?!?

Good Afternoon,
This is my first post on this forum and I must say what a wonderful forum it is. I have two doodles. One is an 18 month old goldendoodle named Teddee. I rescued Teddee at 8 months from a family that could no longer handle the time and effort needed for this dog. My second dog is a Doberdoodle (Doberman Pinscher/Std Poodle). His name is Flash. He is 14 months old and I rescued him 1 week ago.

I noticed Flash had a small area of hair missing on the side of his body behind is front left shoulder. When I looked closely at it, It was a small patch of hair missing and the skin was slightly redder than the rest of his skin. The grooves/pores of his skin were also more visible. When I touched it, it didnt seem to bother him(It bothers me more than it does him). I did notice him scratching in that general area the first few days I had him, but nothing excessive (maybe 10 seconds a few times over the day). My concern is that this could be mange and that my other dog can catch it. I know demodex is not contagious so if it is mange I hope it is that. I have read a lot that stress and anxiety can cause a normally healthy dog to have problems with the mange already on their body. Since he changed homes and got a new roommate, I am wondering if this was the stressful situation that triggered this. The patch of hair may have been missing when I got him, but I am not sure because his hair is mid-length right now.

How can I tell myself if this is demodex or sarcoptic mange? Are there any major differences in the affected areas that may give me an idea of what I am dealing with. Could this be a hotspot, but wouldnt that be itching him? Should I wait to take him to the vet? Since it isnt bothering him (atleast from what I can tell) and I read that most localized demodex mange will resolve themself, I hate to add the stress of taking him to the vet if its not needed. How should I treat this being that I am worried about Teddee possibly catching this from him? I have noticed Flash has scabs on his elbows, but so does Teddee and I think that is probably from laying on the tile floor. Should I be worried about Teddee picking this up? When should I take him to the vet if I dont do so now.

Thank you very much for your time. I am truly concerned not only for my new dog, but for my existing dog as well.
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