Posted : 7/11/2007 10:02:30 PM
I got bounced out when I tried to post before dinner. If you'll email me I'll send you my article. It's long but it's thorough. I don't sell a thing -- I'm not a vet. I'm just a lady with a ton of demodex (and sarcop) experience. Most of the stuff I'll recommend to you either can be bought at Wal-Mart or a health store.
Unfortunately I've seen the bad side of what ivermectin can do. Some, as our vet friend llps has pointed out, will self-resolve -- but some won't.
Spaying sooner, rather than later, can greatly help because it's sexual maturation (in both sexes actually) that is one of the primary triggers for demodex.
Ivermectin hasn't been proven to 'kill' demodex mites. They don't touch the blood supply -- they eat skin oil. Vets often give it in enormous doses (over 100 times what is given for heartworm 'prevention' but given daily rather than less often). But there is a side effect to it that manipulates the immune system.
The problem is that the dogs that don't self-resolve may have to stay on it forever, and typically it will eventually fail (and the drug is really hard on the liver, among other organs).
But boosting the immune system so it can stand on its own has enormous benefits. I know Brookcove feeds an excellent diet to maximize the immune system and she doesn't give the ivermectin every day I don't think (if I'm remembering right).
What I do is a lot of work but it's very gentle and it won't hurt the dog long term.