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Below you will find the methodology to the diagnosis and treatment of scabies. Please note that I have not given the treatment doses as you must discuss the treatment plan with your own vet.
Diagnosis of Scabies:
1) History, clinical findings and response to treatment.
2) Microscopy examination of Skin Scrapings – detect mite, nymphs, larva or ova. Note that mites can be extremely difficult to find – False +ve results are common.
1) Treat all in affected and in-contact dogs with a scabicide.
2) Treat for any secondary bacterial skin infection – 3-4 weeks and 1 week after the clinical sign’s have resolved
3) Topical shampoo – use an antimicrobial shampoo every 3-7 days.
4) Use effective systemic treatments
a) Selamectin (Revolution).
b) Ivermectin (Ivomec).
c) Doramectin (Dectomax).
d) Milbemycin oxime (Milbemax deworm tablets)
e) Topical Moxidectin
5) Topical treatments
a) Amitraz sol – 0.025-0.03% conc.
b) Fiprinol spray (Frontline).
c) Lime Sulphur solution.
d) Organophosphates – very toxic and poor availability.
6) If the dog is severely puritic and the mites have been identified then steroids given for the first 2-5 days.
7) Treat the environment with an effective parasiticidal and dispose of any bedding.
Important: This parasite is highly contagious and can also infest humans.
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