Are you looking for the best home remedy for dog mange?
Although some dog owners want simple, home remedies, and solutions for any skin condition their dog faces, with dog mange it might not be possible.
At the very least a veterinarian should be involved in the diagnosis of this condition.
They can rule out any other causes for itchiness, and/or hair loss besides dog mange.
What is Dog Mange?
There are several mites that cause mange by burrowing into an animal’s skin.
These mites may be present on the animal’s skin in small numbers, however when stressed, through allergies, poor nutrition, or other means, the mites soon take over and become a real problem.
Mange is also known as canine scabies and is treatable, although not always curable without a veterinarian’s help.
The home remedies listed may only slow the progress, or help alleviate some of the discomforts, and should not be considered as guaranteed treatments.
Home Remedies for Dog Mange
Keeping the dog healthy and well fed will impact the condition of the dog’s skin and coat.
Sadly many owners are unaware of the quality of their dog food.
Good food should contain a good meat source as the first ingredient, this means, not corn, and not by-products.
The addition of raw food may help boost the dog’s health, particularly by adding leafy greens such as spinach, and herbs such as cat’s claw.
Apple Cider Vinegar added to the dog’s water might also help.
The vinegar should be added at about 1 tablespoon to a smaller bowl of water, and 2 tablespoons for larger bowls of water.
Regular baths, especially with oatmeal shampoo, may alleviate some of the itchiness as well as prevent the mites from spreading.
The dog should be properly dried following the bath, and its bedding thoroughly laundered.
Do not bathe the dog with flea and tick shampoo. These shampoos are not effective against mites and can contribute to other health problems.
When baths cannot be given sponging on warm soapy water (with mild dish detergent) may help.
This can be applied to the areas active with mites and sponged off shortly after.
Neem oil and better still Neem oil combined equally with Lavender oil, and almond oil can be applied to the affected areas.
Cooking oil can be rubbed on the dog’s skin and will aid in soothing the itch as well as suffocating, and killing, some of the mites.
Cooking oil will also loosen the wax plugs that the mites form when burrowing into the dog’s skin.
It is always best to seek veterinarian care first. However, if you try a home remedy for dog mange and you have not seen any improvement after one to two weeks, your dog should be seen by a veterinarian !
Be aware that some people mistake other problems, such as food allergies, or ringworm for mange and the treatments mentioned above may make some of these conditions worse.