Does My Puppy Have Mange?
by Summer Ortiz
Puppy Mange Reader Question: My 5 month old puppy has little patches of skin missing. She doesn't have scabs and she isn't scratching.
I was wondering if you might have an idea of what it might be.Editor Response to Puppy Mange Question
Thank you for your question. Hair loss or alopecia is most commonly related to some type of possible infectious and/or parasitic problem.
However, in this case, your dog or puppy hasn’t shown any symptoms related to a parasitic or infectious problem. It might be possible that either your puppy has some problem related to a hormonal balance or some type of congenital or inherited health issue.
In this case, the best approach is to consult with a veterinarian. This case requires an in person examination including some lab tests that can help to confirm the specific problem.
For the time being, there are some things you can try at home to improve your puppy's skin and coat condition.
1. Try changing the formulation of the puppy food you use. A commercial food that contains high quantities of vitamins and minerals is essential for hair growth and skin care. For the time being we recommend trying a food like
AvoDerm Natural Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Formula Puppy Food - Dry Food
2. Try adding some iodine to the puppy's food, which will help to improve the health of the thyroid glands. These glands are sometimes related to asymptomatic puppy hair loss. The daily requirements of iodine for dogs is 0.8 - 1.2 mg. The most appropriate source of iodine is iodized table salt, which can be found in any supermarket. Add a small quantity - 1/4 a of table spoon is enough to be combined with the dog food mentioned.
3. Try a homeopathic supplement that is formulated to improve skin and coat health like Skin and Coat Tonic
Please note that food and skin care formulas can only help to reduce the severity of these developing symptoms, they are not a cure. Specific treatment is only possible once a detailed clinical exam is completed and a cause is confirmed. Your veterinarian will also rule out other causes, which is termed a differential diagnosis.
Best of luck to you and your puppy. Please write to us with an update.