Mange is a skin disease that affects dogs commonly. Some of its common symptoms include lesions and bald spots often accompanied by severe itching and sometimes discharge from ears. Often poor hygiene is attributed as the prime cause of the condition. Below are some well proven home remedies for mange in dogs –
Hydrogen Peroxide and Borax
A proper combination of borax and hydrogen peroxide is one of the best home remedies for treating mange in dogs. Both these ingredients are strong disinfectants, and while hydrogen peroxide cleanses and kills mites, borax kills fungi and insects. For an adequate remedy, take 3% hydrogen and mix two cups of the liquid in 4 cups of water. To this mixture, stir in 3 heaping tablespoons of borax. Soak your dog’s skin well in this solution and let it sit. You can let the solution on skin soak up without bothering to wash it. Using this treatment once a week goes a great way in keeping at bay further infections. It is also great to note that you can use this solution to wash your pet’s toys, bedding, and other washable items. A word of caution here: Borax can make your pet sick and so keep it out of their reach.
Honey is a natural antioxidant which has proven very useful in treating mange and soothing your pet’s irritated skin. The powerful antiseptic properties of honey kill all the mites and heal your dog’s skin from scratching and itching. It also prevents further infection. It is best to use organic or locally harvested honey for this purpose. Apply the honey directly onto the affected parts of your dog’s skin and let it sit for a few hours. Finally, wipe off well with water, to keep at a distance the ants, which may be attracted to honey. This effective remedy can be performed twice daily.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apply apple cider vinegar on your dog’s skin in its raw and unfiltered form. An easy home remedy, this topical application not only treats mange but also helps keep it at bay. The vinegar has antiseptic and antimicrobial effects on your beloved pet’s skin. To use it, dilute a cup of the vinegar with an equal quantity of water. Spray this antiseptic solution on the fur of your dog and comb them in between as you continue spraying. Another remedy is to give your dog a therapeutic sponge bath combining half a cup each of warm water, apple cider vinegar and borax. Soak the fur completely in either of these solutions and let the fur air-dry. Either of these remedies can be followed and are recommended to be used twice or thrice a week depending on the severity of the condition. Also, it is healthy to add pure apple cider vinegar to dog food once every day for a week. For dogs weighing between 35 to 85 pounds, the dosage recommended is one tablespoon; for those weighing between 15 to 34 pounds, the dosage is two teaspoons; and for dogs weighing up to 14 lbs, one teaspoon of undiluted apple cider vinegar is prescribed.
Sulfur soap is an excellent remedy for mange in dogs. The basic properties of this particular soap reduce inflammation caused by mange and keep it under control. The soap is extremely effective in killing the germs that contribute to the condition. To follow this home remedy, dampen your pet’s fur with water and rub the soap all over on its wet skin until it gets foamy. Allow your dog’s fur and skin to soak in this foamy solution for a good 30 minutes to kill the parasites. Finally, bathe your dog well until all the soap is cleaned off, letting it air-dry after that. Wash your dog with sulfur soap every two to three times a week until all signs of mange disappear.
This is an irreplaceable home remedy for the dogs having a discolored discharge from their ears owing to mange. Yogurt contains acidophilus bacteria which eliminates all discomforts relating to mange including any releases.
Margosa or Neem is a fantastic antiseptic which can help treat mange in your dog in the most holistic way. Boil a handful of Margosa leaves for about 10 minutes and strain the cooled water. Apply this neem infused water on your dog’s skin and let it air-dry. This can be done once daily. Alternately, you can also use an over-the-counter Neem shampoo to bathe your pet. You can do this once every week until all signs of irritation have disappeared. Another method is to combine equal parts of pure coconut and neem oil and apply this mixture onto the affected parts of your pet’s skin. This is recommended twice to thrice times a day for best results. Not only does this herbal dermatological remedy disinfect your dog’s skin but also nourishes and soothes it. Moreover, it also ensures a faster and healthier regrowth of your dog’s fur.
This is probably the handiest home remedy for treating mange in dogs. Any vegetable oil is useful in treating mange by getting rid of the parasites. What plays a key role here is the sticky property of the oil which cuts off all air supplies to the mites and kills them. Moreover, oil also helps in softening of the scabs and wax-like deposits caused by the parasites. This heals any itching or scratching on the skin. To use this home remedy actually, sponge your dog’s fur with a clean sponge generously soaked in vegetable oil. Gently scrub the dry and patchy parts of the skin to bring off any scabs that cause itching. Perform this remedy twice daily for a faster recovery.
A Word of Warning
Although all the treatments mentioned above are very helpful in treating mange at home and are completely natural and without side effects, it is important to consult a veterinarian. This to know for sure at which stage of mange your beloved pet is in. Mange in rare cases of secondary infection stage can become life-threatening if proper treatment is not meted out on time, when home remedies alone may not suffice.