Diamond, Dog, Spaniel / Mixed (medium coat)

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Species: 
Dog
Breed: 
Spaniel / Mixed (medium coat)
Primary Breed: 
Spaniel
Gender: 
Female
Mixed: 
Yes
Home with dogs: 
Yes
Home with kids: 
No
House Trained: 
Yes
Age: 
Adult
Special Needs: 
Yes
Spay/neutered: 
Yes
Size: 
Small
Vaccinations Up to Date: 
Yes
Color: 
Black with White
Coat Length: 
Medium
Found: 
No
Description: 
Foster mom says: Diamond is sweet, loves people and plays well with others. Potty trained with a doggy door. Knows her name and listens really well. LOVES to go for walks, and usually gets the 'zoomies' at least once on every walk-she's hilarious! Would make a great busy dog to go, go that is small enough to come in and be a lap dog after, which she would love. Domodex is less of a problem all the time, very easy to manage Diamond: 'Doll', as I call her, started her short life under the greatest of hardships. The 80 year old woman who kept her, along with 26 others, didn't even have money to pay for electricity-let alone food or other essentials. This little dog never had a scrap of food that she didn't have to fight for. When Diamond came into rescue she was half starved, scared and had almost no hair on her feet. When a person went to pick her up she would try to hide, and when picked up would not even look at that person. Today, she has gained weight, has a shiny, silky coat, and will run lovingly into my arms! Doll is house trained with a doggie door. She goes for walks with a large group of dogs, small to big, and makes friends with them all. She now knows that she has a name, and when I call her she comes running, looking me straight in the eye! She is sweet, happy, bouncy, loving and oh! so smart. She will be the perfect companion for her new family. Diamond suffers from Demodex. Its a form of NON CONTAGIOUS mange. Demodex is a genetic disorder of the immunity system. When the immune system is weakened by illness or event it allows the Demodex mite to grow and overpopulate (much like yeast in woman). Demodex is a parasitic skin disease caused by microscopic mites. Dogs have mites living on their bodies all the time (so do humans). Normally there is a balance between the parasites ability to reproduce and the host’s ability to kill the mites. A few mites live to keep the species going and the host never even knows it. Unfortunately, an occasional dog does not have the proper set of T-cells to kill the mites. This gives mites an advantage and they propagate excessively, over-running hair follicles all over the dog’s bodies. Since almost all dogs have Demodex mites somewhere on their body but only a few have clinical signs of Demodex the theory is that dogs don’t have to be infected with the organism because they probably already have it. The necessary key for disease to occur is immune suppression or immune incompetence. The causative factors as to why some dogs develop demodex mange while other dogs do not is yet understood. You should have an extensive talk with your vet to have a full understanding of the care of a demodex dog. A lot of the clinical signs are actually due to a secondary bacterial infection, making maintenance key to control. Dogs with Demodex do not itch severely, even though it loses hair in patches. Areas of bare skin will be seen. The hair loss usually begins on the face, especially around the eyes so is noticeable early enough to respond with whatever regimen proves effective.