Mitaban Dip Instructions

Updated February 21, 2017

Mitaban Dip is a bathing treatment for dogs which contains amitraz, an anti-parasitic chemical. Mitaban is used to control growth of ticks and mites. When dogs are exposed to these parasites, they can develop, demodicosis, a mite-borne disease in dogs, also called red mange. Mitaban Dip may be prescribed by your vet, if your dog is found to be suffering from red mange. Mitaban is applied over the course of six to 12 weeks, it should be mixed with water and applied to the dog's skin after bathing.

Trim the fur of long and medium-haired dogs. The amount of hair on the dog may affect the absorption of the drug into the skin.

Wash the dog with a mild soap and water. Towel dry the animal afterwards.

Mix one bottle of Mitaban with two gallons of warm water in a large bucket. Apply it to the dog's entire body; keeping it out of the dog's eyes and working it into the skin through its coat.

Allow it to air dry. Do not rinse it with water or towel the dog dry.

Repeat this treatment every 14 days, three times. Check the skin for mites after the third treatment, if there are still sores caused by mites, continue for three more treatments.


If the dog's condition has not improved after six cycles, discontinue treatment. If you have a particularly large dog, use two bottles and four gallons of water per treatment.


Watch out for side effects such as itchiness, lethargy, low body temperature, slow heart rate, increased thirst and loss of appetite. Avoid handling your pets immediately after treatment. Contact may cause skin irritation. Consult a veterinarian first before starting treatment.

Things You'll Need

  • Large bucket
  • Dog shampoo
  • Scissors
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Darby Stevenson began writing in 1997 for his high-school newspaper, the "Alsea Valley Voice," which won him statewide awards for Best Feature Article and Best Personality Interview. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies and a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from the University of Oregon.