Home Remedies For Mange In Dogs

What Exactly Is Mange?

Mange is a skin infection caused by parasitic mites. It manifests on an animal’s skin with symptoms like hair loss, incessant itching and leaves large, bald patches on the skin. There are two kinds of mange in dogs – Demodectic and Sarcoptic. Demodectic mange is tamer among the two and dogs get it while cuddling with their mother in the initial months of their lives. The animals are able to tolerate these mites on their skin without showing any symptoms unless they get immuno-compromised for some reason.

Sarcoptic mange or scabies causes intense itching in dogs which results in restlessness and anxiety in them. Out of the two, Sarcoptic mange can get transmitted to humans and causes raised, red bumps on the skin, which are like mosquito bites in their appearance. Demodectic mange can sometimes result in a secondary bacterial infection on the dog’s skin which then requires rigorous treatment.

The following home remedies can be used to treat and reduce the soreness and irritation that this illness causes in dogs.

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1. Hydrogen Peroxide and Borax

A mixture of 1% hydrogen peroxide solution in borax powder and water is a very effective remedy for mange in dogs. Before applying it on your dog’s skin however, you will need to ensure that the borax powder has dissolved in the solution completely. Wash the dog once a week in this solution taking care not to wipe him dry, as that will render the remedy ineffective. It’s a good idea to apply an Elizabethan collar to your dog to make sure he doesn’t lick his skin during treatment, as borax can be harmful if ingested. For best results continue this treatment for two weeks.

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2. Honey

Honey, with its antioxidant and antiseptic properties makes an excellent home remedy for mites in dogs. It can be applied directly on the affected areas of the dog’s skin. The application of honey makes it very difficult for mites to survive and it even reverses the pigmentation of the affected areas of skin. The one thing that you’ll need to be careful about with this treatment, however, is to keep your dog away from ants.

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3. Yogurt

Applying two tablespoons of plain yogurt to your dog’s ears can help clean up the discharge that dries up and forms a crust in them. The cleaning and nourishing properties of yogurt help clean out the ear and sooth the skin inside.

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4. Cooking Oil

Applying cooking oil directly on the affected skin of your dog helps kill the mites and soothes and moisturizes the irritated skin.

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5. Neem Oil

Neem oil is a potent remedy to cure mange in dogs. Treatment with neem oil has many benefits for the mange infested skin of your dog. It not only helps soothe the skin and disinfect it, but also nourishes the skin and helps in the regrowth of your dog’s fur.

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6. Lemon and Garlic

Water infused and boiled with 30-40 cloves of garlic and 6 lemon skins and one whole lemon, makes for a very effective remedy for mange on your dog’s skin. The boiled and cooled liquid needs to be applied onto the dog’s skin for ten days.

7. Lemon Juice

Lemon has a high acid content and that makes it a powerful remedy for mange. It helps kill the parasitic mites and heals the damaged skin. But a concentrated solution can sting if you apply it on open scabs. A better alternative is to boil a few lemon slices in water and use the water to rinse your dog’s fur with a sponge.

8. Yellow Dock, Aloe Vera or Calendula Tea

An application of any of these teas can kill the microscopic mites on your dog’s skin and are very effective in reducing the inflammation and soothing the raw skin. They also help with the healing of the scabs and can be applied a number of times in a day.

9. Olive Oil

Olive oil, with its thick consistency forms a thick coat on your dog’s skin thereby cutting the air supply of the mites. It can be used to clean your dog’s ears too. And it doesn’t just help kill the mites, it also soothes and moisturizes your dog’s itchy skin.

10. Water

Timely baths and a gentle scrubbing of the affected patches can be a very effective remedy against mange and helps keep mites off your dog’s skin. The alkaline soapy water helps kill the mites and prevents any further spread on the skin.

11. Garlic Cloves

Garlic isn’t generally used on dogs. But a small slice of it when mixed with their food, can help keep mites at bay.

12. Sterilization

A large part of the treatment for mange involves cleansing the dog and his surroundings and all his belongings like his bedding or toys. Objects that can be boiled can be cleaned using hot water. Other things need to be given a good rinse with a mild cleanser to ensure your pooch doesn’t catch the infection again.

13. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has well-known soothing properties that help immensely with the irritation on your dog’s skin because of all the scratching and the various treatments that he gets for his mange infection. It’s best used after the peroxide and borax rinse that you give him.

14. Apple Cider Vinegar

Unsaturated apple cider vinegar forms an excellent remedy against mange when applied topically on the affected areas of your dog’s skin. A teaspoon of it mixed in his food, also acts as a powerful remedy against mange. The treatment needs to be continued until the signs of the illness disappear from the dog’s skin.

When To Seek Medical Help

The initial line of treatment for mange that even your vet might recommend is using home remedies. When you fail to see results from home remedies, and especially in case of an aggressive strain of sarcoptic mange, your pet will need to be put on an anti-parasitic drug, which will need to be continued until the vet confirms two negative skin-scrapes, a week or two apart.