Thank you for your reply--
The Shih Tzu pups are going 5 weeks old... I am thinking the only way the mother caught this by my sending her and another female to the groomer. This is the contagious type mange for sure. I did dip the other female Shih Tzu that is not pregnant and has no babies. She had reduced her itching. Now for the babies, I took the largest pup – about a pound, shaved his ear with a fifthy blade as this is where the pups are itching at the most. Took a cotton ball and spotted his ears with the dip. He no longer itches at his ears. I know I took a risk but I am a bit desperate for a cure for puppies that young. Any advice would be so appreciated.
I know this is tough on you and would advise a plan of attack that would include treating the area that your dogs/pups are kept in with a mixture of 1oz prolate to 1 gal water to kill any mites in the living or play area. Every dog/pup has to be treated as you know , however , proceed with caution with the pups. Sounds like you are doing a good job. You may want to ask your Vet's opinion on what product would be safe for use on your pups... The itching ears are a for sure first sign of sarcoptic mange. I think the starting age for treating with dip type treatment is 8 weeks , however , any treatment on pups this young will require caution while trying to treat the mite as best you can before the mange proliferates on the skin.
Make sure to keep any of the mange treatment products away from your dogs/pups eyes as it will cause injury to the eyes.
I have had good luck with Frontline spray (yes spray) for sarcoptic mange treatment. I've tried some of the shampoo treatments but they will not kill the mites in the skin.
I think the limited use of the prolate on the pups ears and perhaps on other problem areas was a smart move.
Let us know how things go......
Best , oldhounddog