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Pet Of The Month – October 2015

8 October 2015

Tia is a 2 year old Dobermann. She was brought to us after being rescued by her owners from a puppy farm in Ireland, where she had been used as a breeding dog from a very young age.

When Tia came in for her initial consultation she had virtually no fur and very sore skin. After performing a number of tests, including skin scrapes, a diagnosis was made; Tia had demodectic mange.

Demodex is a common skin disease in dogs caused by tiny cigar shaped mites which live in the follicle of the hair and oil of the skin. It presents with small lesions over the head and body, which leaves the skin with a scaly feel and leads to loss of fur. It is an incredibly painful and very itchy condition.

Demodex mite

Demodex mite

Because of Tia’s previously poor living conditions and inadequate general care, her immune system was weakened and her body couldn’t deal with the mite. She was in a very sorry state.

Once the demodex had been diagnosed it was time to start Tia on treatment. She came in every week for a bath in a product called “Aludex”, a very strong solution used to kill the demodex mite. She was bathed every week for 3 months and eventually, after all this time, she got the all clear!

Tia is much happier now her skin has settled and is enjoying life with her new owners in her new home!

Tia; before and after.

Tia; before and after.