Here’s Part 1, of this story. The parasite that causes this disease lives on the skin of dogs. Demodex Canis is its scientific name. Ordinarily, this parasite does not cause most dogs any harm.
In fact, we expect to find them on the skin of most, if not all, dogs. They reproduce, but their population is controlled by the dog’s immune system. This means that if a dog has a weak immune system, it will be more susceptible to overwhelming numbers of this parasite. When they get too many, they spread everywhere and cause this horrible disease.
Lainey has a weak immune system, which made her at higher risk. The discomfort caused by this condition is not one that wears out with time. If it’s not treated correctly, there’s a good chance that the affected dog would die.
This was that fate that awaited Lainey had Lauren not intervened. A dog rescue organization, “The Brown dog Coalition,” paid for Lainey’s treatment, and we can’t thank them enough.
They do all they can to fund the treatments of dogs with severe health conditions.
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