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Species affected: Dogs, cats (occasionally)
Background: A parasitic mite common to young dogs, which usually resolves spontaneously. Older dogs with chronic demodicosis have a serious immune deficiency appear responsive to supplementation; occurs in cats but is extremely rare.
Symptoms: The skin lesions are initially visible on the feet, face and abdomen, and may spread to cover the entire body. There is hair loss, a reddening of the skin and scaly desquamation. Secondary bacterial infections are common (frequently Staphylococcal), causing pustular lesions to form; this may appear over the entire body.
Diagnostics: Microscopic slide preparations made from material from deep skin scrapings.

Special Notes: The mite is not contagious but may appear in several animals from the same litter due to a general immune system compromise of that litter. They tend to appear only in immune-compromised animals, and as such can be difficult to cure, since the immune system allows the parasite easy entry.
Principles for Supplementation: Assisting the health of the immune system is important, without overstimulating it.


Formulas: Dosage: Mechanism/Purpose:

Canine Sports Basics12 or Canine Geriatric Basics12

Dogs: 1 capsule/25 lb sid

Source of general nutrients.

Cats claw

Cats: 5 mg bid for 3 days, then sid
Dogs: 5-20 mg bid for 3 days, then sid

Modulates immune function.

Fractionated PectinVET Powder12

Cats: ¼ scoop sid
Dogs: 1 scoop/25 lb sid

Galactose residues help prevent foreign cells from attaching to tissue.


Cats: ½ capsule, sid
Dogs: 1 capsule/25 lb sid

Nutrients enhance immune function.


Cat: 1 capsule bid
Small dogs: 1 capsule/10 lb bid

Improves gut barrier function; immune modulator.


Dogs: 1 scoop/25 lb bid

Improves gut barrier function; immune modulator.


Cats: ½-1 capsule, sid (give between meals; may be put in tuna oil)
Dogs: 1 capsule/25 lb sid (give between meals)

Plant sterols and sterolins enhance function and decrease autoimmune antibody production.

Zinc Picolinate12

Cats: ¼ capsule sid
Dogs: ½ capsule/25 lb sid

Zinc helps skin inflammation.

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