When I initially saw these red bumps appearing on my pet I thought he possibly had an allergy to a food or something in his environment. I took him to my trainer, and she believed Baron was suffering from some sort of seasonal allergy and recommended a hydro-cortisone cream. The cream just reduced the itching; the red bumps would appear to become more inflamed after the cortisone cream was applied yet he could sleep after a bit. I finally took him to the vet after about two weeks and they diagnosed my 16 wk old pup with Demodex Mange.
The vet perscribed Ivermectin (an anti-parasitic used sucessfully for mange on dogs, not FDA approved for mange in dogs) injection once every two weeks for 2 months. This diagnosis and remedy suggested was quite scary considering the vet said that Ivermectin can kill a dog though quite rare. It should be known that herding breeds are exceptionally sensitive to this product and should only be used as a last resort or not at all. The vet stated I would continue this biweekly process until their were 2 negative skin scraping for the mites, usually for 2 months. I thought this was the endall answer I was looking for and became quite hopeful, yet the ivermectin made absolutely no visual improvement in my pet over this time period so I began looking elsewhere. I would recommend the use of this product if no topical mange applications are effective as long as it is prescribed by a knowledgeable vet. Ivermectin didn’t work for my dog, but I have heard it has worked for many others. The frequency of ivermectin application could possibly change effectiveness; my co-workers girlfriend (a vet) perscribes oral ivermectin daily. Possibly the daily dose of oral overmectin is more effective than an injection once every 14 days.