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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.
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.
Treating mange in dogs naturally also includes 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 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 (such as mange mites) that can cause skin problems to your dog.
(A word of caution: 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.
Note that some dogs are sensitive to garlic, and if your dog is one of them, use the herb licorice instead.
One natural treatment for mange in dogs is the use of neem and lavender. Together these two oils can make an effective skin oil blend 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 oil blend for mange, you need:
Use this oil blend to 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 we can use home remedies topically to heal the skin lesions and infections brought on by mange, we should also at the same time strengthen the dog's immune system.
Here is an excellent herbal immune-booster that can be used 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, use this homeopathic remedy to quickly reduce the skin irritations:
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.