Rescuers Thought They Were Saving One German Shepherd But It Turned Out To Be Off By A Factor Of Six

Gemma – White German Shepherd Dog Who Was Turned In To An Animal Shelter Because Of Her Skin Condition

This poor dog was suffering from hair loss and oily residue. The skin condition, as was determined later, was due to the fact that she had Demodectic Mange, which is a skin condition caused by mites. Her owners took her to animal shelter instead of taking her to the vet, which is much better than dumping a dog somewhere on the road and driving away. (which some people unfortunately do) This German Shepherd undergone such a huge transformation.

Demodicosis, also called demodectic mange or red mange, is caused by a sensitivity to and overpopulation of Demodex canis as the animal’s immune system is unable to keep the mites under control.
Demodex is a genus of mite in the family Demodicidae. Demodex canis occurs naturally in the hair follicles of most dogs in low numbers around the face and other areas of the body. In most dogs, these mites never cause problems. However, in certain situations, such as an underdeveloped or impaired immune system, intense stress, or malnutrition, the mites can reproduce rapidly, causing symptoms in sensitive dogs that range from mild irritation and hair loss on a small patch of skin to severe and widespread inflammation…  Source: wikipedia

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St. Bonnie’s Sanctuary pulled her out of the shelter. Jolene, who works as counselor at St. Bonnie’s Sanctuary became her foster home, she took her in to her home and treated her. Gemma had to be bathed and treated multiple times a day to get her skin condition cured…
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