Dogs suffering from mange experience enough discomfort as it is with their condition, without undergoing treatment that involves harsh chemicals or vaccines. If you want to treat your dog’s mange in a safer, more relaxing manner, try some of the following home remedies to help heal and clear your dog’s skin of excessive parasitic mites.
Cleanliness and Diet
While your best option is to take your dog to a veterinarian, you can try some home remedies to provide your dog with temporary relief from his mange.
Before anything, keep your dog and his living area and bedding as tidy as possible, with frequent baths (medicated, if possible) and regular cleanings and washings. While doing this has no direct bearing on your dog’s mange, it will keep the mites from multiplying. If your dog stays inside the house, make sure to be careful with his items, as mites can transfer to humans. You also want to brush out your dog’s fur regularly, which helps remove scabs and scaly skin.
Your dog’s health correlates with his diet, so make sure you are giving him nutritional, raw food. You should feed your dog herbs such as astragulus, cat’s claw, kyolic garlic and olive leaf extract, along with finely chopped green vegetables. You also can add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to your dog’s meal to treat his mange.
In regards to garlic, using it in small doses as part of your dog’s meal should not cause any harmful effects. Garlic contains antibacterial properties, acts as a natural repellent, and contains sulphur compounds, the latter which deter mites. For all of its effectiveness, though, make sure you do not use large amounts, as that could have toxic effects on your dog. If you want to be 100 percent safe and not feed your dog any garlic, you can apply diluted garlic oil can to his affected areas, which will minimize bacterial infection. If your dog is sensitive to garlic, try using licorice as a substitute.
Home and Herbal Remedies
Cooking oil works well in softening the waxy deposits that mites created on your dog’s skin. Not only will a few drops of oil soothe his affected areas, but it also will kill some of the mites. A fine alternative to cooking oil is lukewarm soapy water, which will clear your dog’s skin of any present mites. The water also acts as a disinfectant that will restrict the condition from spreading on other parts of your dog’s body.
After your dog has a bath, try putting a combination of almond oil (nine parts), lavender oil (1 part) and neem oil (1 part) on his affected areas. To achieve the best results, apply to your dog’s affected areas twice a day, as the soothing combo will ease any irritation and increase healing potential.
You can create a 1 percent hydrogen peroxide solution with Borax and water to treat your dog’s mange. Once a week, after ensuring that the mix dissolves, take 1 to 2 tablespoons of borax for every 500 cc of 1 percent hydrogen peroxide and wash your dog with the solution. Make sure you let the treatment run its course and do not wipe the dog dry. Use this remedy for no more than two months.
A natural pesticide that you can use to treat your dog’s mange is wormwood, which not only is useful in treating mange, but also ear mites and worms. To help cleanse and heal your dog’s skin, try using niaoli, an herbal ingredient that works as a tissue stimulant and will help your dog’s skin heal and re-build.
Keeping the peel on, you can slice 1 lemon and drop the slices into boiling water. After letting the slices steep overnight, use a sponge to apply the mixture to your dog’s coat. You also can apply honey to your dog’s affected skin, but make sure it’s local and not store-brand honey.
Two herbal extracts that should heal your dog’s mange are echinacea extract (purple cone flower) and yellow dock extract. If you can get hold of these extracts, add 10 drops of each to 4 oz. of distilled water and apply the solution on your dog’s affected areas. You also can add echinacea to food, or apply warm compresses to infected areas.