If your dog has been diagnosed with mange – an inflammatory disease in which large numbers of mites attack dogs and massively reproduce on their skin – your vet may recommend medicated shampoos, organophosphate dips and other treatments, depending on the type of mange.
Ingredients in these treatments can be harsh, and side effects may occur. “Anybody who has treated a dog with mange using conventional treatment knows exactly how ill their pet can become,” writes Luella May on NaturalNews.com.
Some pet parents have successfully treated mange using the following natural treatments. You should also be sure to practice good hygiene with your dog – keep him, his bedding and his environment clean – and feed him a healthy diet.
Be sure to consult with your veterinarian before trying any of these treatments on your dog.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Borax
Bathing your dog in a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and borax is one of the best remedies for mange, according to Grandma’s Home Remedies. “However, be sure to not confuse borax with boric acid,” the website notes.
Dissolve 1 to 2 tablespoons of borax in every 16 ounces (500cc) of 1-percent hydrogen peroxide, and bathe your dog in it once a week. Don’t rinse your dog or towel him dry; let the solution dry naturally so it can be absorbed into your dog’s skin. Do not use this treatment for longer than two months.
You can apply apple cider vinegar topically to your dog’s skin, and also mix a tablespoon of it into his dog food at meal time.
When applied to your dog’s scaly patches, olive oil both soothes his skin and helps kill mites.
“Honey has astonishing antiseptic, antioxidant and cleansing qualities,” writes May. You can rub raw honey on your dog’s affected areas.
Grandma’s Home Remedies advises dropping lemon slices (keep the skin on) into a pot of boiling water. Then turn off the burner and let the lemon slices steep overnight. “Using a sponge, apply the mixture to the dog’s coat,” advises the website.
Dr. Jeanette Thomason on The Whole Dog suggests combining 3 tablespoons of (preferably organic) lemon juice with 2 ounces of witch hazel and 4 ounces of distilled water. You can dab this solution on your dog’s sores with a sponge a few times a day.
“Garlic contains sulphur compounds, which mites dislike,” writes Natural Dog Health Remedies. It is also antibacterial, so it can minimize bacterial infection. You can topically apply diluted garlic oil to your dog’s affected areas.
Neem, Lavender and Almond Oils
Natural Dog Health Remedies suggests making a skin rinse from these three oils and applying it to your dog once or twice each day. To make the rinse, combine one part neem (medicinal tree) oil and one part lavender oil with 10 parts almond oil.
The herbal mushroom Reishi has proven ability to regulate and fine-tune the immune system, making your dog less vulnerable to mange and other infections.
Vitamins C and E can help alleviate your dog’s itching. Fish-oil supplements can also be effective since they contain omega-3 fatty acids, which “can be very effective in easing an itch,” writes Natural Dog Health Remedies.
Don’t Use Motor Oil!
Mar Vista Animal Center notes that 30 years ago, motor oil was often used by pet parents as a dip to control demodectic mange.
Here’s why this is a bad idea: “Skin exposure to motor oil can cause rashes and skin destruction in severe cases,” according to the Mar Vista website. “The hydrocarbons can be absorbed through the skin and cause a dangerous drop in blood pressure. If motor oil is licked off the coat, resultant vomiting can lead to aspiration of motor oil into the lungs and pneumonia. Kidney and liver damage can result from motor oil dipping.”
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