Nov 2017

Paul, German Shepherd Mongrel – canine demodicosis

Paul, a five-year-old german shepherd dog mongrel, came to me because he scratched himself,

had hair loss and various scabs.

I asked the owner to consult a vet where my suspicion of canine demodicosis was confirmed. Demodicosis is a non-contagious infection of the skin with hair follicle mites.

Demodex mites can be found in small numbers on all dogs without causing a disease.

Some dogs, have a strong increase and correspondingly itching, hair loss, scabs and ulceration.

A difference is made between “localized demodicosis” with locally limited hair loss and “generalized demodicosis”, in which the symptoms are spread over the entire body.

Conventional medicine treats demodicosis with antiparasitic solutions, shampoo applications, tablets and / or spot-ons.

Being a naturopath, I consider every creature in its entirety and – if possible – cure the cause of the disease and not only the symptoms.

Canine demodicosis can be caused by an insufficiently developed immune system, lack of intestinal symbiosis, changes of all kinds, stress, other diseases and malnutrition.

This is why it is so important to find the cause of the disease – as is the case with all diseases.

For Paul: we built up the intestinal flora, which was destroyed by antibiotics, supplied him with the missing vital nutrients, found the the right food for him, as well as homeopathic remedies for the skin and the skin barrier, so that the skin could heal and his immune system is back balanced again so no mites can bother him anymore.