Mange is a skin condition caused by mites in dogs. The two types of mange affecting dogs are demodectic mange and sarcoptic mange. Demodectic mites live naturally on dogs and only become a problem if the dog's immune system is compromised and the mites gain the upper hand. Sarcoptic mange, also called scabies, is a contagious skin disease spread by direct host-to-host contact. Veterinarians typically treat mange with pesticide medication such as ivermectin. There are a number of remedies to treat mange at home if you are uncomfortable giving your dog a pesticide.
Wash your dog thoroughly with soapy water. Use a shampoo containing a skin soothing ingredient such as colloidal oatmeal. Consider adding Epsom salts or baking soda to the water for extra relief for your dog's itchy skin.
Mix together 2 cups of 1 per cent hydrogen peroxide with 1 or 2 tablespoons of borax. Apply the mixture to the dog's skin and let dry. Repeat once a week for no more than two months.
Apply cooking oil directly to your dog's skin. The oil will kill any remaining mites and condition the dog's dry skin caused by the mange infection.
Treat your dog's dry skin with natural products such as yoghurt, lemon water and honey. These products help soothe the skin and can speed up the healing process.
Never start any treatment on your dog without prior approval of your veterinarian. If in doubt, call the vet's office for advice.
Tips and warnings
- Never start any treatment on your dog without prior approval of your veterinarian. If in doubt, call the vet's office for advice.