News Flash: Purina Kibbles Cure Mange!

Who would have thunk it, a few extra Purina kibbles could cure mange? I think someone needs to tell the AVMA, so they can promote the formulation of a new prescription mange diet and save consumers and pets the hassle of ivermectin treatment. Maybe it’s the rancid grease from restaraunt fryers and rendering plants that does it? Lots of secret ingredients there to chose from.

10 thoughts on “News Flash: Purina Kibbles Cure Mange!

  1. I still don't understand the correlation:jen said… Can you explain how extra Purina cures mange? 8:53 AM PBurns said… Sure — it's not Purina per se — any decent food will do it most of the time, provided the mange is not too far gone. Scabies mites are always present on dogs and people too. Not a big deal until the immune system fails, and then things can go nuts. Some wild animals have weak immune systems due to bad genes, but most of the time the immune system is weak due to lack of food and/or another parasite load (round worm, etc.) or sickness. When fox population densities go up, the mange mites are always loaded up in the dens AND the fox will have trouble keeping up with food. Result: mange. Food alone will generally result in a fox that is losing its tail fur reversing itself and fighting off the mange (scabies mites) with his own immune system. Ivermectin alone will help kill off the scabies, but it will not fix the food problem, so the underlying problem remains unless a change of cirumstances offurs (the start of rut and hunting seasan may result in a lot of gut piles, lost birds and roadkill deer). Mother Nature always bats last, and she is a cleanup batter, and it's not always nice.

  2. Actually Scary i.e. not cool… no box to check that (LOL). In the realm of collective intelligence taking the advice verbatim without reviewing references, (in this case there is none, bad news), the espoused is more than a little problematic. I see far too many blogs with self proclaimed expertise and a lot of it is yellow reading/journalism. I surely hope that people are not medicating and treating based on unverified claims and home remedies without consulting a vet or medical practitioner. Snake oil sales seem to be gaining a new foot hold with new media as well. Good to see there are few readers that can decipher the text and challenge assumptions.

  3. There are two different kind of manges there: demodicosis and sarcoptic. The one he has in that photograph is sarcoptic.He's right. You can cure [demodicosis] mange with kibbles. You can't cure sarcoptic mange without medicating them. The most humane way to treat wildlife with sarcoptic is just to cull them. Way to go genius. You prolonged the exposure of scabies to the entire neighbourhood!

  4. The other problem here is that the self proclaimed terrierman could have very well misdiagnosed the form of mange that Fox has. He claims in a previous post that it's Sarcoptic mange (which is prevalent enough in wild Fox populations). But that photo doesn't LOOK like Sarcoptic mange.It looks like full on Demodectic mange, and a little more food, or even a full course of treatment by a vet, is likely to save that Fox. It should be put down so that the explosion of mites on that animal don't lead to localized mange on other foxes or even Mr. Burns' dogs.Sarcoptic mange is usually patchy. That fox has a systemic problem that is unlikely to respond to a little more food.

  5. Thanks guys! I agree the fox should be culled in the traditional sense. It seems more like generalized demodex, but all the same, an animal that far gone is unlikely to achieve a full cure in light of the severe secondary infections, even with the all the Purina in terrierman's world.

  6. Demodex is not generally contagious. It is usually indicative of a poor immune system, and it is not usually contagious to dogs or foxes with a healthy immune system. If it has sarcoptes, though, that is highly contagious to dogs and other foxes. Either way, the kindest thing to do for this fox– and possibly for the welfare the dogs and other foxes– is to cull the fox.Red foxes are particularly prone to sarcoptes. It's one of the main limiting factors on red fox numbers where they are not hunted, and trappers know not to take red foxes once the mating season begins. When they start breeding and fighting with each other, mange spreads much more rapidly through a population.

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