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Nanaimo SPCA looking for donations to treat puppy suffering from severe mange

Five-month-old Ladybug suffering severe itching and hair loss from mite infestation
B.C. SPCA Nanaimo Branch is looking for donations from the public to help cover treatment costs for Ladybug, a five-month-old puppy suffering from a severe case of mange. (Photo submitted)

The B.C. SPCA is hoping animal lovers will be able to help a five-month-old German shepherd cross puppy suffering from mange, a painful skin disease caused by an infestation of mites.

“Ladybug arrived at the animal centre with severe crusting around her eyes and snout. She had hair loss on her lower legs and the skin on the inside of her back legs was red,” said Bonnie Pequin, manager of the B.C. SPCA animal centre, Nanaimo and District, in a press release. “The vet clinic did a skin scraping confirming Ladybug had demodex mange. They also found bacteria and yeast on her skin. She had enlarged lymph nodes because of her skin issues and conjunctivitis and discharge in both eyes.”

The dog was prescribed five medications and given a Cytopoint injection to help control its itching. It is also receiving medicated baths twice a week to help with the skin issues.

“Unfortunately, Ladybug’s itching is so severe, we had to take her back to the vet for further treatment,” Pequin said.

She said the dog is gentle and loving and warms the hearts of everyone it meets.

“She is initially very shy and is still reluctant to go on leash-walks, but she gives lots of kisses and happy tail-wags,” Pequin said. “Once she gets outside she loves to play and will do this adorable little ‘bunny-hop’ while galloping and chasing balls around. We are truly wishing the best for our little Ladybug.”

The dog is currently receiving foster care. Once its skin issues have been resolved it will be scheduled for spay surgery and vaccinations and will be available for adoption following recovery.

To donate to help cover the costs of Ladybug’s treatment and the care of other animals in need, visit

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