I hate to scare you Kooks, but you really should have the vet take
a look. There is something called "puppy mange", which is, you
guessed it, common in puppies. It is not serious, but must be
treated. Basher had a mild case and after a couple of weeks, it
cleared up. We had a salve to put on the spots, no other meds.
an online description:
Demodectic mange (also known as red mange, follicular mange, or
puppy mange) is a skin disease, generally of young dogs, caused by
the mite, Demodex canis. It may surprise you to know that
demodectic mites of various species live on the bodies of virtually
every adult dog and most human beings, without causing any harm or
irritation. These small (0.25 mm) ´alligator-like´ mites live
inside of the hair follicles (i.e., the pore within the skin
through which the hair shaft comes through), hence the name
follicular mange. In humans, the mites usually are found in the
skin, eyelids, and the creases of the nose.
What are the signs of demodectic mange?
Individuals that are sensitive to the mange mites may develop a few
(less than 5) isolated lesions (localized mange) or they may have
generalized mange, in which case, there are more than 5 lesions
involving the entire body or region of the body. Most lesions in
either form develop after four months of age.
The lesions and signs of demodectic mange usually involve hair
loss, crusty, red skin and at times, a greasy or moist appearance.
The mites prefer to live in the hair follicles, so in most cases,
hair loss is the first noted sign. Usually, hair loss begins around
the muzzle, eyes, and other areas on the head. In localized mange,
a few circular crusty areas will be noted, most frequently around
the muzzle. Most of these lesions will self heal as the puppies
become older and develop their own immunity. Persistent lesions
will need treatment that will be described later. In cases in which
the whole body is involved (generalized mange), there will be areas
of hair loss over the entire coat, including the head, neck,
abdomen, legs, and feet. The skin along the head, side, and back
will be crusty and oftentimes inflamed. It will often crack and
ooze a clear fluid. Hair will be scant, but the skin itself will
often be oily to the touch. Some animals can become quite ill and
develop a fever, lose their appetite, and become lethargic.
Patients with generalized demodectic mange need immediate vigorous