Mites have plagued pet owners for decades. Mites are normally spread through direct contact and burrow into the skin of your dog, causing extreme itching, pain and inflammation. Many treatments have been tested to offer relief and kill the mites, and one of the most effective treatments is sulphur. Using compound sulphur for mites in dogs is fairly simple and can drastically improve your dog's overall health and well-being.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Comb or brush
- Sulphur cream
Put on a pair of disposable rubber gloves before handling your dog. Mites can be spread from pet to bet and also from pet to human, so keeping your hands covered will minimise the chance of transmission.
Bathe your dog thoroughly. Mites cause your dog a lot of itching and discomfort, and washing with a shampoo specifically designed to help with mite infestation can ease his pain. Wet your dog with a liberal amount of warm water, applying enough shampoo to lather his entire coat. Rinse with plenty of clean water and towel dry to prevent your dog from getting chilled.
Brush him gently to remove any loose or dead fur that might be covering the infestation site. A short-toothed comb or soft brush will be strong enough to remove dead hair without scratching his already irritated skin.
Part the hair with your hands and apply a generous coating of the sulphur cream to the inflamed area. The back, head and neck are most common as the dog has difficulty scratching these areas, allowing the mites plenty of time to settle in undisturbed. You may not be able to see the mites because they are so small, but the skin will look red, swollen and irritated. Look over your dog closely and apply the cream to any patch of skin that shows signs of mites.
Repeat the cream application twice a day until the skin returns to normal and no longer looks irritated. The sulphur cream should kill the mites in just a couple of days, although it may take a few more days for the skin to return to normal. If you are still unsure, schedule an appointment with your vet who can confirm your furry friend is no longer infested.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure you use only shampoo designed for dogs. Many human-grade shampoos contain the same kind of ingredients as dog shampoos but have not been tested safely on pets.
- Never use any chemicals on your dog not advised by your vet. There are a number of home remedies for killing mites, but these might actually cause your dog more harm than good.
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