PLEASE HELP ME... I have a new puppy with the MANGE!

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  1. ttucker

    ttucker New Member

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    I am SO heartbroken! I have just gotten a 5 week old 2 # Jack Russell Terrier puppy. She scratched nonstop from the minute I picked her up. Not only did the owner (not a breeder) not give her any shots, but they did not worm her! I took her to the vet for the 1st time on monday afternoon. We got her on Sat morning. Between those days we played with her, loved on her, kissed her on the head, and even let her sleep with me in my bed. Then we find out that she has Scarcoptic Mange. Now the vet is recommending complete isolation for 2 weeks until this is resolved ( I have a 4 year old son). I can't bear this! She is all alone in her kennel day and night! She cries so much! I really think that if I were going to contract the mange (and it is contagious) that I would have already done so between Sat morning and Monday, right? Does anyone have any suggestions for easing her sweet little abandoned heart or my crumbling one? Thanks so much!
     
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    ttucker New Member

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    Now I KNOW I am in trouble!

    :yikes: After reading several replies to various questions posted, I have come to the conclusion that I am in BIG trouble. Not only is my puppy too young to be away from the mother and litter, but now she is isolated and will likely turn out shy or aggressive or even angry. I cannot begin to explain the feelings I am having right now! I feel like an elephant is sitting on my chest!
     
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    Saje Island dweller

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    Ok Calm down. You're ok and you're going to do the best you can for this pup. You obviously love her and care about her and that's the best start she can have :)

    Now, I have never dealt with mange and know very little about it. I'm going to try to find someone who can give you better advice on that.

    Get that elephant off your chest!
     
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    I'm with Saje ......your pup comes #1 now . Bubba picked up mange in Canada one summer . He and all dogs he came in contact with got shots . I never was told that it was human contagious . I would check with my doctor as interaction at this age is too important . ...... also house breaking . Maybe the new sanitizing lotions would help . Keep us posted and d@mn that breeder !!!!
     
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    I have researched the type of mange and this type (there are 2) is contagious. Thank you both for your encouragement. This is just so overwhelming.
     
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    RD Are you dead yet?

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    Don't fret too much.

    #1, do what you need to in order to get your pup healthy. Is she on any medication like Ivermectin? I'm currently training a pup with sarcoptic mange and that's what he's on, but he's also 12 weeks old. Not sure if 5 weeks is old enough but ask your vet about it.

    If she's super itchy, give her a bath with very gentle, moisturizing oatmeal shampoo. She has a short coat so just bathe her in warm water and then keep her warm, wrapped up in dry towels until she's completely dry.

    Socialization is important, but you can double up on that after she's healthy. In the meantime, since she needs to be isolated, keep her living area very clean and give her a lot of interactive toys to play with.

    I don't know much about how mange is spread so I would handle her carefully. Give her some interaction with you, but don't rub her all over you. lol

    Good luck, hope the poor pup heals soon.
     
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    oh you guys are great! Thanks RD! She has gotten 1 shot of Ivermectin and will be reevaluated in 2 weeks. I agree about doubling up on the attention, I just pray that it will be sufficient. Also, she is crated all day while I and my husband work. Right now it is about 40 degrees in the morning when we leave for work and I feel that is too cold to put her outside at that time. Any suggestions as far as pottying? Man this is a lot of work!!! The things you do for love!!!
     
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    I so agree with Saje ;) And RD

    Take a deep breath... collect your thoughts... there :)

    Welcome to Chazhound. You've come to the right place! You will probably get the best advice on the 'net here shortly.

    I've only had one pup with mange, and that's when my family was fostering dogs when I was a kid (so I don't remember specifics).It was a very very mild case, and the vet pretty much handled everything for us. Here's some info that I found for you, though.
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    Yes, stay clam ;) I agree with RD and Saje.

    Your pup will be fine, what's important now is that you get your puppy healthy...THEN worry about socializing and bonding ;)


    For now, Welcome to Chaz! You have come to the right place ;)

    ((((((( Hugs )))))))) I am sure everything will be fine.
     
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    This is a very young puppy as you know, so at this point be realistic about potty training and expectations.

    What I would suggest you do for this pup while you are at work is to purchase an excercise pen like this: http://www.petsmart.com/global/prod...ise+pen&In=All&previousText=excercise+pen&N=2 and then put your puppy, a crate with an open door, toys and food and water in there along with puppy pads on the floor. Set this pen up on a non-absorbant floor. This will keep your puppy from having accidents in it's crate, but the crate is still available for nap time etc. As your puppy matures, it will eventually be able to be crated for longer periods and able to hold it.
     
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    great idea showpug! I am looking at the weather forcast for the next 10 days and it is supposed to be 50-70 degrees. Do you think that 50 degrees is too cold for her as long as she has a dog house or crate with a blanket?
     
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    Never ever leave a puppy outside unattended, especially one that young! Your puppy is still young enough that temperature change and drafts could kill it if it gets chilled. I am not a fan of ever leaving a dog outside, puppy or adult, dog house or no dog house. Find a place inside. :)
     
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    ^^^ agree !!
     
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    I third that. Your pup is way too young to be away from her family let alone outside. Now that she has a new family you have to do your best to protect her. I like showpugs idea of a crate and pen.
     
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    Just wanted to reassure you that your puppy will come out ok. when we got my pit puppy booger a few years ago she was tiny at 3 lbs/6 weeks old andgot mange about a week or two later. She is a great loving, very well adjusted dog she took alot of work mind you but we have no behavior problems with her!
     
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    I agree with, Showpug. Never, ever leave a puppy (or adult dog IMO) outside for long periods of time.
     

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