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Home Remedies for Mange in Dogs
There are many treatment options for mange in dogs. These must be continued until the full treatment cycle is completed, even if the symptoms have been cured. Sometimes there are home remedies for mange in dogs that can be administered to help ease pain, itching, inflammation and can also help to repel mites from the skin. Although home remedies will NOT treat your dog’s mange, they will help with symptoms and prevention. Most natural treatments for mange in dogs can be found around the home or at your local health food stores. Always talk to your veterinarian before using any home remedies for mange in dogs.
The first step to treating a dog with mange is to keep everything as clean as possible. This includes cleaning your dog’s bedding and blankets. Vacuuming and shampooing the carpets and focusing on areas your dog plays and sleeps is also very effective in ridding your home of mites.
If you discover your dog has contracted mange, it is important that he is isolated until the treatment is complete. Keep your dog away from any other animals and avoid cuddling or sleeping with your dog while he is infected. It may be difficult, but mange can actually be transferred to humans.
Feeding your dog foods and vitamins rich with anti-oxidants will help to improve his immune system. A strong immune system will help to fight off and kill mites before it has a chance to burrow into your dog’s skin, causing mange.
Be very cautious about other animals that your dog comes in contact with. If you notice any bald or red patches or excessive scratching, it may be a sign that this animal is infected with mange.
Keeping your dog’s hygiene up is one of the most effective ways of preventing mange. Poor hygiene is a major cause of Sarcoptic mange (also known as scabies). Proper hygiene for the owner is just as important.
Home Remedies for Mange in Dogs
Along with medical treatments, you can try home remedies to help cure your dog’s case of mange. Be sure to talk to your veterinarian about the type and severity of your dog’s mange before trying any home remedies to avoid further infection or irritation.
Herbal treatments are safe and effective treatments using ingredients around the house.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Borax
- 8 tbs Borax
- 8 oz Hydrogen Peroxide
- 4 cups Warm Water
Mix borax with warm water and add hydrogen peroxide. Mix together and apply with a wet sponge. Soak your dog completely with the mixture and allow to air dry.
Dishwashing detergent – Wash your dog with a gentle, scent free dishwashing liquid. Allow the detergent to sit on the fur for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly with warm water. Avoid towel drying if possible.
Lemon – Boil water and add one lemon, sliced. Allow this to steep overnight. Apply the mixture to your dog’s fur and allow to air dry.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Adding a tablespoon of vinegar to your dog’s meal will help to treat mange symptoms. You can also add a bit of apple cider vinegar to your dog’s bath, and rinse thoroughly.
Honey – Honey may be applied to red, patchy areas of the skin to help sooth irritation.
Garlic – Garlic contains sulfuric compounds that kill mites. Diluted garlic oil can be applied to the infected areas on the skin. It will also help to minimize the bacterial infection wherever it is applied.
Sarsparilla, Nettle and Echinacea – These are herbs which help treat mites from the inside. Echinacea helps to strengthen the immune system, which will help to fight off mites that cause mange. Nettle stimulates the circulation of blood which helps to heal wounds faster. Sarsparilla is an antibacterial herb which helps to eliminate toxins and is a fantastic home remedy for mange in dogs.
Neem, Lavender and Almond oil – These essential oils are excellent for helping to heal affected areas. Mix one part lavender oil, one part neem oil and ten parts almond oil. Apply to the affected areas twice a day.