I've just read a story about one of the Pugslife community dogs that has the Mange disease (I am so sorry, Veronica, this post is especially for you)

In one of my previous posts, I've written about skin diseases in general and as I was telling you back then I'm telling you now again, when you see something changes in your pug's behavior or appearance take it to the vet.

Now, about the mange problem. I've did some research and I've found several things regarding to mange treatment. The following is the one I've chosen to add here, as the guy speaks out of experience.

"I have two pugs (Dae-Jee and Prada) and have come across the skin problem Demodectic Mange with both of them. However, I took them to two different vets for a diagnosis and received two TOTALLY different solutions with a drastic difference in cost.
Case 1: Dae-Jee - He had Demodectic Mange and was prescribed Goodwinol (a orange pasty material).The mange cleared up in around a month.
Skin Scraping = ~ $20
Goodwinol = ~ $10
for a total of ~$30

Case 2: Prada - She had Demadex (AKA Demodectic Mange) and was given the following:
1) Skin scrape = $21
2) 1st shot for Demadex = $21
3) Physical Exam = $42
4) Pyoben Gel = 2 x $12 = $24
5) 2nd Shot for Demadex = $21
6) 2nd Physical Exam = $42
Total of $211

So, the whole point of my story is this. If any other pugs get diagnosed with Demodectic Mange (AKA Demadex) JUST go with the Goodwinol. No matter what the darn vet tells you, trust me it will save you a lot of $$. The only draw back is this. Goodwinol is orange and can leave stains if your pug is an indoor pug like mine, also the results will take longer using the Goodwinol method and not the "Prada" method. But heck if you are willing to save ~$180 bucks for putting up with the pesky mange for just a week or two more I say do it. Plus, the mange isn't even itchy so it won't really bother your pug. Well, I hope that no one else has to go through the same experience." Paul Kim

For the whole story, go here

Veronica, I hope this is a good answer to your problem and more important, I hope it will turn out great for your pug.

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Comment by Lori and Camille on April 7, 2009 at 9:06pm
I asked for the Goodwinall, and my vet explained that it helps if there is only one spot--or two. Camille has had three dips and has one more left. She looks a lot better. Good luck to Veronica.
Comment by Billie on April 7, 2009 at 4:00pm
Our lil' fella chopper (he's 10months old) has just been diagnosed with the dreaded Demodectic mange.. On our vet's instructions, we are using the Goodwinol daily and he's ALSO having a weekly shot and chemical bath at the clinic. The poor boy also has a secondary skin infection on his stomach that has another topical spray for it...
Does anyone have any advice for helping his weak immune system? I have started cooking chicken, rice and vegetables for him -which has really improved his skin. We also have just started him on a prescription dry food for skin problems -which he will not eat. Any other advice or suggestions?
I really want to give Chopper the best shot at recovering fully and quickly, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Comment by Lori and Camille on February 13, 2009 at 8:54pm
I asked my vet about the Goodwinall, and he said if Camille had only one spot, we could use it. She is receiving dips every two weeks now; oral med did not work.
Comment by Veronica Fontaney on January 24, 2008 at 5:53pm
Great information!!Thank you so very much!!!!!!!

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