Mange in dogs is a fairly common condition. It's not typically something to worry about it, but you do need to treat it as soon as possible. Dog mange home remedies can be effective, but it's best to seek veterinary care if you haven't dealt with this issue before. The symptoms of mange vary, as do the treatments.
Mange in dogs is caused by one of three different types of mite:
- Demodectic Mite – (all dogs have these mites) becomes a problem when the number of mites becomes unmanageable
- Sarcoptic Mite – most dangerous and causes extreme itching
- Cheyletiellosis Mite – commonly referred to as walking dandruff
The symptoms of mange vary depending on the type of mange that your dog is suffering from. The most common symptoms include:
- hair loss
- reddening of the skin
- weight loss
Depend on how severe the case of mange is, you may be able to treat it completely at home. There are over-the-counter shampoos and treatments that have proven to be very effective. Unfortunately, their effectiveness is undoubtedly due to the amount of harsh chemicals and pesticides included in the ingredients.
I'm sharing some dog mange home remedies that have worked for me in the past. These are natural remedies that are safe for virtually every dog. Keep in mind that a severe case of mange should be treated by a veterinarian to ensure that any additional health concerns are addressed as well.
5 Best Dog Mange Home Remedies
My go to mange home remedy is olive oil. It's easy to use, most people have it on hand, affordable on any budget and gentle on your dog's skin. Olive oil works by suffocating the adult mites, larvae and eggs.
I also like to use olive oil because it removes the waxy build-up left behind by the mites and helps to ease any inflammation or irritation of the skin. It's also simple to apply. Just apply it topically to the affected area using a clean cloth.
Allow the oil to sit on the skin for 15-20 minutes. Sit with your dog to keep him from licking the area. After about 20 minutes, wipe the oil away. Do this 2 times per day until the mange is gone.
Similar to olive oil, raw honey can be used to suffocate the mites and soothe skin. Raw honey is a superfood for dogs, and offers many benefits for skin and coat health. You will apply it the same was as described for olive oil, but you will need to use a warm wet cloth to clean the area after treatment.
It may sound silly, but plain organic yogurt is another great home remedy for mange in dogs. The good bacteria in the yogurt kills the mites. It also helps to soothe irritation of the skin and clear up any discharge. You can apply this treatment the same way as described for olive oil.
Organic apple cider vinegar is another versatile home remedy that you should always keep on hand. It's a great treatment for many skin problems including dry skin, hot spots and other skin infections.
Instead of applying this home remedy topically, you'll actually feed it to your pet. Add 1-2 tablespoons (depending on the size of your dog) to his meals once per day. Continue adding it to his meals until the mange is gone.
Finally, aloe vera is a great natural treatment for mange. You can use bottle aloe, as long as it is 100% pure. Aloe has natural antiseptic and anti-parasitic properties. Apply the treatment topically to the affected area twice per day until the condition has cleared.