Home remedies for mange are milder and safer for our dogs as well as our environment. Various home remedies can be used topically and internally to help dogs with mange. Read on to find out more.
Canine mange is caused by mange mites (e.g. Sarcoptes scabei, Demodex canis).
Mange usually occurs in dogs with weakened immune systems, and can cause a lot of discomfort to dogs, such as intense itching, skin lesions, and hair loss.
Conventional treatment for this dog skin infection is usually the use of some strong chemicals, which very often will weaken our dog's immune system further.
Using natural home remedies for mange, on the other hand, can enhance our dog's immune system, so that the body can fight off the mange mite infection by itself. At the same time, natural remedies such as nutritious foods, herbs and other supplements can be used to treat the skin problem topically.
This mild natural treatment approach sounds much better than the harsh chemical treatment, don't you think?
The first and best thing to do to enhance a dog's immune system is to feed him a natural, well-balanced, nutritious diet.
If you haven't already done so, now is the time to change your dog's diet to a raw food diet, or a home-cooked diet, or an ultra premium dog food with human-grade ingredients and without artificial colorings, flavors, and preservatives.
Home remedies for mange also include dietary supplements that are beneficial to a dog's skin. These supplements can help relieve your dog's itch and improve his skin conditions.
Here are some essential supplements that you should give your dog:
This supplement contains a good combination of borage oil, flaxseed oil, fish oil, and Vitamin E. It is effective in strengthening and maintaining skin health in dogs. You will be surprised at the fast improvement in your's dog coat condition after using this supplement.
Herbs are one of many home remedies for mange that are safe and effective. Herbs that have natural antibacterial, antiseptic, and wound-healing properties can be used to help dogs with mange.
Use a natural doggie shampoo that contains tea tree oil to wash your dog.
Tea tree oil is a potent essential oil that is highly antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal, and is excellent in eliminating bacteria and other microorganisms that can cause skin problems to your dog.
(Some dogs, especially small dogs, may develop adverse reactions towards Tea Tree oil. Watch your dog carefully when using any products with Tea Tree oil in it for the first time.)
One natural dog shampoo that I like is:
In addition to shampooing, use some of these herbal remedies topically on the skin lesions and itchy spots caused by mange:
Garlic contains sulphur compounds which mites dislike. Diluted garlic oil can therefore be used topically to the affected areas.
Since garlic is antibacterial as well, applying garlic oil to the affected areas will have the added benefit of minimizing bacterial infection.
Some dogs are sensitive to garlic, however, and if that's your dog, the herb licorice can be used instead.
One of the most common home remedies for mange is the use of neem and lavender. Together these two oils can make an effective skin rinse against mange.
Neem oil has long been used for its ability to repel pests such as fleas, ticks, mites, and so on. Neem oil also has skin healing properties that are good for skin infections.
Lavender essential oil is antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral, and is mild enough to use even on small dogs.
To make a skin rinse for mange, you need:
Apply to affected areas once or twice daily.
Yarrow is excellent in wound healing; it stops the bleeding from oozing wounds. Yarrow oil, salve, or ointment can be applied to the affected areas.
Other herbs that are effective against mange include
While using home remedies for mange topically to heal the skin lesions and infections brought on by mange, it is also important to strengthen the dog's immune system.
Here is an excellent herbal immune-booster that you should consider giving your dog to enhance your dog's immune system to fight bacterial infections:
This herbal supplement contains a lot of useful herbs, such as:
All in all, this is an excellent herbal supplement that can greatly help dogs with immune systems that are weakened or compromised.
If your dog's mange is causing a lot of itching and discomfort, try this homeopathic remedy:
This remedy is to be given orally, and it helps to relieve itching and pain caused by skin issues, such as mange, hives, eczema, and other skin eruptions.