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SICKDOG    Posted 08-08-2002 at 18:18:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have three dogs and one of them has come down with some kind of skin condition. Her hair is coming out and her skin is rough and scaly. I have put hydrogen peroxide on her and it helped. I have also put A&A ointment on her (basically petroleum jelly, pine tar,and some kind of solvent) this seemed to help also. I just can't seem to get rid of it completely. I don't think it's Mange because none of the other dogs have come down with it and from what I understand, Mange is very contagious. My dad has told me stories of his dad coating some of his dogs with used motor oil to cure the mange and similar conditions. I can't verify these stories because my grandfather has since passed away. Has anyone heard of this treatment? Does it work? Is there anything else to try before I take her to the Vet? Thank you in advance.

SICKDOG    Posted 08-09-2002 at 15:52:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank you all very much for your input. I am planning on taking the dog (liberty) to the Vet. I have always wondered about this old time cure. That's why I was asking. I thought the same thing. Motor oil on the dog!!!??? Anyway, thanks again, and hope you all have a great weekend.

wizzo    Posted 08-09-2002 at 09:19:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My shepard now has a beautiful coat of shiny hair. As a pup she did have mange. It sounds as you describe. Take your dog to a vet. The treatment is very simple. I was given a small bottle of something that had a very strong tar smell. So your dad may not have been to far off the mark with the oil, but don't use oil. You dip the animal in a bath with this awful smelling stuff and it will cure the condition.

Hogman    Posted 08-08-2002 at 21:07:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
What ever You do, I would not cover the dogs body with used or even new engine oil. As Mark says, a change of food might work wonders but meantime I'd spend a buck or two getting a Vets opinion after His or Her examanation of the dog.

Our dog came to Us with bad skin problems among many others. The Vet gave Us some shampoo which along with a good diet quickly cleared up the problem.

Good luck to You and the Lady Dog.

Willy-N    Posted 08-08-2002 at 19:42:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try switching the brand of dog food your dog might have a alergentic reaction to something in the food. You may have to feed it some home made food for a while like what you eat and see if it starts to go away. We know lots of people whos dogs can't have wheat or oat based food and certain perservitive cause problems in dogs to. Most of the time it starts in the ears first then go to the rest of the body in other areas. People do the same thing. Some times they just build up to the reaction after being fed the same type of dog food all the time. Find the cause and it will go away using the lotions just mask the conditions. Some dogs that were in-bred will have a imune system problem and you can never make it go away. Mark H.

Pcc-AL    Posted 08-08-2002 at 18:46:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi SD,
First, let me say that you should really talk to your vet. They know a lot more than we do.
Having said that, I had a dog with mange recently and discovered on the internet that there is more than one type of mange. Speaking from memory, I recall that one type is more easily cured than another.
Finally, I took my dog to the vet and he gave me a product called PARAMITE containing active ingredient PHOSMET 11.75%. It is a sponge one concentrate that you soak on the ears, legs back and affected parts. It worked for me. Good luck.

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