Today was a very gloomy, overcast day for Denver, the city known for having 300 days of sun. It has been a very poetic mirror image of my mood.
I finally got around to taking Indiana to the vet today, after a balding spot on his elbow started turning red and inflamed. I'd had a case of the "Oh I'll wait a week and see if it gets better." That was about two weeks ago.
Demodectic Mange. Gross.
These mites usually live happily in the microscopic ecosystem of a dog's fur and skin. However, a shift in immune system can lead it to actually harm a dog, making him lose hair in spots and get an inflamed rash. Usually, it just happens to puppies that have inherited the condition from their parents. Indiana just happend to hit the Immune System Jackpot, once again. Luckly, Indiana doesn't have the generalized version all over, where all of his fur would fall out. I don't think he'd survive being furless in January. We'd have to get him full body pajamas.
The doctor assured me this diagnosis was actually a good option compared to a bacterial or fungal infection or an unkown allergy condition, which could come up again and again. Plus, he can't give it to other dogs (or me, the Husband, Onyx or the furniture and carpets much to my relief). After a hefty bill, I got lots of bad tasting medicine to
|Still recovering from a vet visit.|
I've refrained from posting unsettling pictures of dogs with full demodectic mange. I'm sure you've seen poor dogs with Sarcoptic Mange (the nasty spreadable variety on some shelter dogs.) The symptoms are very similar. More information here.