Puppy with Mange
Our Puppy has mange and her eyes are swollen red and are swelling shut. What can we do to make the swelling go down and help her heal from the sores?
Suggestion from the Dog Health Guide Editor
Puppy Mange can cause skin problems like hair loss, skin lesions and itching. It seems that your puppy is also suffering from a secondary bacterial infection, which is common in advanced stages of mange.
You have not mentioned what measures you have taken to treat this condition. In my opinion, the swelling has either occurred due to heavy skin inflammation, or it is also possible that your puppy is hypersensitive.
Usually mange in dogs is treated with repeated lime–sulfur dips such as Naturasil Mange Dip
. Thereafter in most cases a dog should be treated with some anti microbial preparation for the skin lesions, but in this case it seems risky.
In this case, try natural remedies, which are not only safe but also are effective as well. Bathe your dog with a herbal shampoo such as Naturasil Herbal Shampoo
combined with a preparation used for mite elimination such as Mange Mites Spray
. Provide regular baths at least 3x a week initially and then reduce the frequency to 1x a week after recovery.
Swelling over the eyes and other body parts can be treated symptomatically, however, drugs used for for purpose requires a prescription from a veterinarian. You can use an anti microbial and anti inflammatory cream after bathing your dog as directed, but use only on a trial basis initially to see if your dog will have a reaction to the treatment. One cream often prescribed is Animax Topical Ointment
. Discontinue if any reaction occurs after the first application.
Try these steps. If the lesions or swelling persist, contact your veterinarian. Ask for a sensitivity test, and ask if antibiotics are needed along with any other prescription medication.