By Sherri Romig CPDT-KA

Demodex is mainly an immune system issue. Dogs usually have these skin mites without a problem, but if they have a weak or compromised immune system, they can become overwhelmed by the mites and this is where we begin to see the hair loss and horrible skin issues.

Typical Western treatment involves loading the animal with toxic chemicals, including Ivermectin, which further deplete the immune system. For this reason, Western treatments often fail and many of these poor dogs are euthanised to end their suffering.

As with most conditions, the FIRST thing we need to look at is diet. After all, as you have heard me lecture before, food is the foundation of all that we are! A proper raw diet is the best choice, but if you elect to go with a commercially prepared pet food, please make sure to choose one of the highest quality. (Please see handout “Choosing a Quality Pet Food”)

We also need to make sure that we are looking for environmental toxins that our dogs may be exposed to as well. Serve filtered or spring water only, and look at what you are using as cleaning agents around the home. (Dish and laundry detergents, floor cleaners, etc.)

Do NOT vaccinate a dog who has succumbed to demodex! One more time: DO NOT VACCINATE! Vaccinations severely