How to treat demodectic mange in a bulldog

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How to treat demodectic mange in a bulldog
There are numerous methods of treating bulldogs with demodectic mange. (Bulldog image by Benjamin Huseman from

Demodectic mange is a common affliction affecting bulldog pups most often between the ages of three and 12 months but has also been know to affect older dogs as well. This serious skin condition is caused by a mite that lives in the hair follicle and is passed from a mother dog to her pup during nursing. When the puppy's immune system is suppressed, the mites are able to produce at alarming rates, causing skin irritations, hair loss, and bacterial infections. Fortunately there are several ways to relieve your pet of demodectic mange.

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Things you need

  • Premium dog food
  • Vitamin E
  • Aludex solution
  • Injectable Ivermectin
  • Goodwinol topical ointment

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    Have your veterinarian perform a skin scraping on your bulldog. Diagnosing demodectic mange in the early stages will increase the effectiveness of the treatment. Your veterinarian will scrape a small skin sample from your pet and examine it under a microscope to search for mites. If a positive result is acquired, the vet will prescribe appropriate treatment.

    How to treat demodectic mange in a bulldog
    A skin scraping performed by a vet is often required to diagnose mange. (Doctor image by Monika 3 Steps Ahead from
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    Use Aludex or a similar dog shampoo to effectively treat demodectic mange in bulldogs. Thoroughly scrub your pet's skin over his entire body with Aludex shampoo. Closely follow the directions to dilute the solution. Aludex contains the insecticide Amitraz, which has been found to cause side effects such as drowsiness in dogs and humans when not used properly.

    How to treat demodectic mange in a bulldog
    Aludex shampoo can help relieve discomfort and control mange. (Bulldog de profil image by Olivier from
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    Veterinarians recommend that female bulldogs who are treated for demodectic mange be spayed once the disease is controlled. A dog's physiological stress levels are an important factor when trying to determine the degree of severity of the mange. Being in heat, hormone fluxes, and canine pregnancy are very stressful to dogs and can contribute to worsening the condition.

    How to treat demodectic mange in a bulldog
    Spaying a female bulldog may prevent demodectic mange (pathetic bulldog image by Pierrette Guertin from
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    Administer Ivermectin to your pet. Ivermectin is an anti-parasite medication commonly used for livestock and horses but is also licensed for use as a heartworm medication and topical ear mite therapy for dogs and cats. Daily doses of Ivermectin are required to treat demodectic mange in bulldogs. The treatment is inexpensive and does not involve intensive bathing; however, veterinarians recommend administering Ivermectin as an injectable treatment due to its unpleasant taste.

    How to treat demodectic mange in a bulldog
    Injections are the prefered method of Ivermectin administration. (injection image by sasha from
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    Treat your bulldog with Goodwinol ointment. Goodwinol is a topical ointment that can be used daily for the treatment of demodectic and follicular mange in dogs. It contains rotenone, benzocaine, and lanolin which help to relieve surface inflammation, itching, and discomfort caused by mange.

    How to treat demodectic mange in a bulldog
    Topical ointments can relieve your bulldog's itching. (stop scratching that sign image by robert mobley from

Tips and warnings

  • Providing your bulldog with a consistent diet of premium dog food can help to prevent demodectic mange mite infestations. Frequent dietary changes can lead to skin allergies. Adding recommended doses of vitamin E to a dog's diet can help boost the immune system as a preventive measure against demodectic mange and bacterial infections.
  • Do not allow demodectic mange or any other canine skin allergy to remain untreated. Demodectic mange spreads rapidly, causing extreme discomfort to the animal and contributing to the breakdown of the immune system, leaving him prey to bacterial viruses and infection. Avoid cortisones such as prednisone. These types of medications lend a quick boost to the immune system but inevitably will suppress it in the long run, allowing the mites to run rampant in the dog's flesh.

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