(Last update: February 19, 2023)
If your dog has started itching and scratching non-stop, it is very likely that he has mange. While mange can be uncontrollable, you and your dog are in luck! There are many home remedies for dog mange that can soothe, relieve, and heal your dog's itch while even preventing the mange from coming back!
I am an avid dog lover with three dogs of my own and am always looking for home remedies to help them. Nothing is more important to me than the health of my dogs and I want to share the knowledge I've found with you so you too can safely and naturally bring your dog back to health.
How do dogs get mange?
Mange is a highly contagious skin disease that affects dogs of all ages and breeds. It's important to protect your pup from this annoying condition, but what do you know about it? let us tell you! There are two kinds:
Sarcoptes-Räudeis a highly contagious skin disease caused by theSarcoptic scabies mite. Also known as mange, these mites burrow into your dog's skin. When they dig into your dog's skin, they cause severe itching and irritation, leading your dog to scratch. Often mange, or sarcoptic mange, causes your dog to lose its coat due to the intense itching.
While sarcoptic mange is treatable and can be cured with a careful eye and strict treatment regimen, sarcoptic mange is contagious to humans and other pets.
demodectic mangeis another severely itchy skin condition caused by a mite called Demodex mite. Demodex mites burrow into the dog's skin and hair follicles, causing severe itching and irritation. While Demodex is contagious between cats and dogs, humans don't need to worry about transmitting the Demodex mite.
In order to properly diagnose your dog for the type of mange he has, you will need to go to the vet to have his skin scraped. Your vet will take a small sample of your dog's skin by scraping a small layer of skin from the affected area. Your vet will then examine the skin scrape sample under a microscope, where they can identify your dog's type of mange.
While mange treatment is similar for both types, it gives you peace of mind as to what type of mange your dog has.
Symptoms of Dog Scabies
Both sarcoptic and demodicosis share similar characteristics when a dog becomes infected. Signs and symptoms of scabies can include:
- Lesions that appear in patches
- Severe itching and constant scratching
- Hair loss (also known as alopecia)
- reddening of the skin
- scale appearance
- Scabies patches that appear on the face, trunk, or legs
- Scab formation on the affected areas.
- Sensitive skin in the affected areas
- bleeding (from a lot of scratching)
- Open sores (caused by scratching a lot)
- Painful when touching affected areas (caused by scratching a lot)
- Discolored discharge from the affected areas
- Scab formation on the affected areas
- Red pustules are formed, followed by discharge.
- Eventually I see weight loss and lethargy.
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- skin discoloration
When your dog begins to develop symptoms of mange, he or she will usually display multiple signs and symptoms at the same time. Mange shows up fairly quickly once the mites have started to reproduce and multiply in your dog.
As soon as you start noticing the signs and symptoms of mange in your dog, take him to the vet right away for a proper diagnosis so you don't get mange either! After a diagnosis, you can start treating your dog's mange with home remedies.
Remember that if your dog has sarcoptic mange, it must be quarantined so you and your family or other pets don't infect it as well.
13 natural remedies for scabies in dogs
Mange is common in cats and dogs, and there are several herbal remedies that are gentle on their skin and will help get rid of mange.
1. Apply aloe vera
Aloe vera contains large amounts of antiparasitic compounds and is also a natural antiseptic. Aloe Vera also helps soothe your dog's irritated skin with its natural cooling effect.
- Aloe Vera (either in plant form or in bottle form)
- Apply the aloe vera directly to the affected areas.
- Gently rub the aloe vera into the dog's skin and allow it to fully absorb.
- Repeat twice a day until scabies is completely healed.
Nuts:Because aloe vera is natural, licking its skin will not harm your dog. However, try to prevent your dog from licking the affected areas to give the aloe vera a chance to work.
2. Lemon is effective for scabies
Lemons might seem like an odd remedy for scabies, but this citrus' acidic nature is perfect for killing mites and parasites. In addition, some studies have shown that lemon oil is effectivemange in rabbits.
But are lemons safe for your dog? Yes, as long as you use it topically and make sure your dog doesn't ingest any of the liquid. Otherwise Fido will definitely get an upset stomach.
- A sponge
- Slice a lemon. Don't peel it.
- Pour water into the kettle and place it on the stove.
- Wait for the water to boil and put the lemon slices in it.
- Leave the mixture overnight.
- Take your dog to his usual bathing spot the next morning.
- Pour the lemon and water mixture into a large bowl.
- Soak the sponge in the mixture.
- Start washing your dog and apply the lemon water to the affected areas.
Nuts: While there's no denying that lemons can kill mites, they can also irritate your dog's skin. Therefore, this home remedy for dog mange is not suitable for animals with sensitive skin or other skin problems.
3. Administer apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a powerful home remedy useful for a variety of ailments, including scabies. Allowing your dog to consume apple cider vinegar will fight mange from the inside out.
- Organic apple cider vinegar
- Add a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to your dog's regular food once a day.
- Repeat this every day until scabies is gone.
Nuts:Although this remedy is effective, you will find more effectiveness and a faster healing time if you administer apple cider vinegar along with other home remedies.
4. Apply honey
Applying honey to your dog's skin will help soothe his irritated spots and fight mange in your dog. The honey will instantly smother any mange and control the larvae on your dog's skin. In addition, honey also promotes healing on the skin. Just make sure your dog doesn't lick it or it won't work!
- Raw organic honey
- Apply honey directly to the affected areas and massage gently into the skin.
- Leave it on your dog for at least 10 to 15 minutes before gently wiping it off.
- Repeat twice a day until scabies is gone.
5. Apply yogurt
Yogurt is full of healthy bacteria that can fight discharge and irritation caused by your dog's mange. The acidophilus bacteria present in yogurt help relieve irritation and discharge caused as a side effect of scabies due to itching.
- Tasteless organic yoghurt
- Apply a tablespoon of yogurt directly to any area that is irritated, swollen and/or has discharge, including the ears.
- Leave the yogurt on for 10 to 15 minutes before gently wiping it off.
- Repeat twice a day to relieve symptoms of scabies side effects until scabies subsides.
Nuts:Yogurt does not cure scabies, it only alleviates the side effects caused by scabies and should be used in conjunction with other home remedies. Also, don't let your dog lick the yogurt, otherwise it won't work.
6. Apply olive oil
Olive oil is a mild but effective home remedy for scabies. When applied to your dog's skin, it will smother any mange, larvae, and eggs that are on your dog's skin. Olive oil is also helpful in relieving inflammation or wax buildup caused by scabies.
- 1-3 tablespoons olive oil
- Apply the olive oil directly to your dog's affected areas.
- Let the olive oil sit on your dog's skin for 10 to 15 minutes before gently wiping it off.
- Repeat twice a day until scabies is gone.
7. Bathe your dog
While it may seem obvious, one of the best things you can do for your dog is to give them a nice, warm bath. Bathing your dog frequently while he has mange will help soothe irritated skin and remove mange on the skin. Using a mild soap will not further irritate your dog's skin and the alkali in the soap will also help get rid of mange.
- Mild and mild soap.
- Warm water
- Prepare a bath for your dog, making sure the temperature is warm but not too hot so as not to burn your dog's skin.
- Put your dog in the bath and wet his coat.
- Lather his fur with the soap and gently rub his skin.
- Leave the soap on your dog for five minutes before rinsing it out.
- Repeat at least every other day until scabies is gone.
8. Clean around your dog
Keep your dog's bedding and crate clean during this time to prevent mange re-infestation and the spread of mange between people and other animals. They must ensure that their bedding, toys, drawers and/or cages, as well as their baby, are fully sterilizedfood bowlsfairly regularly at this time.
- mild cleaning products
- Boiled water
- Scrub and clean all hard surface materials.
- Boil food bowls and toys.
- Wash your linens in hot water and tumble dry on high heat.
- Repeat this every other day until scabies is gone.
Nuts:Keep your dog's environment clean and sterilized to prevent the spread of bacteria, viruses and parasites, including mange. It is recommended to regularly clean your dog's environment once a week as long as he is healthy.
9. Application of a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and borax
This home remedy for dog scabies is one of the most used among homeopaths and even veterinarians. This is due to its high effectiveness against mange and how effectively it fights mange and heals your dog's skin. However, if your dog consumes this mixture, he can become seriously ill.
I personally recommend using this remedy along with a muzzle to prevent your dog from licking himself and getting sick.
- 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
- 1 Tablespoon Borax
- 1 cup of water
- Combine hydrogen peroxide, water and borax and mix well.
- Put the muzzle on your dog.
- Apply the mixture directly to the affected areas and let it dry. It should take around 10 minutes.
- When the mixture has completely dried, leave it on your dog for about half an hour.
- Bathe your dog afterwards to remove dead mange and soothe their skin. A bath will also help ensure your dog doesn't ingest any of this mixture.
- Remove the snout.
- Repeat this once a week as long as your dog has mange.
10. Apply neem oil
Neem oil is excellent for a variety of skin conditions as it is a highly effective antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral agent. Neem oil can be used along with the hydrogen peroxide blend for additional healing power.
Neem is a gentle but powerful natural remedy for mange as it treats any infection your dog may have, soothes irritated skin, cleanses the skin, nourishes it and promotes coat growth.
- A bottle of Neem essential oil
- Apply a generous amount of neem oil directly to the affected areas.
- Repeat this twice a day until mange is gone and your dog's coat has grown back.
11. Apply herbal tea mixture
Herbal teas can soothe your dog's irritated skin and promote rapid skin healing. The herbs Arnica, Calendula, and Dingue are ancient herbal remedies used for a variety of ailments inside and outside the human and animal body.
The herb Arnica is excellent for promoting healing of scabs, bruises and swelling. Calendula can help with skin inflammation. The yellow dock contains the healing properties of arnica and calendula. The combination of all three herbs can provide a powerful kick that can boost the healing process of a scabies infestation.
- 1 teaspoon of arnica herbal tea
- 1 teaspoon Yellow Dock Herbal Tea
- 1 teaspoon of calendula herbal tea
- Hot water
- Bring the water to a boil and add the three herbal teas.
- Let them simmer for two minutes and turn off the heat. Let the tea steep for three to five minutes.
- Strain the tea from the water and let it cool.
- Soak the sponge in the tea mixture and gently apply the tea-soaked sponge to your dog's skin.
- Let dry, do not wipe.
- Repeat this twice a day while your dog is suffering from mange.
Nuts:These herbal teas are safe for your dog to ingest, but it's best not to lick the affected areas to avoid further irritating their skin.
12. Application of colloidal silver
Colloidal silver is used as a panacea for various internal and external ailments in both humans and dogs. This is because colloidal silver is a powerful antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal agent while also promoting healing of affected areas.
There are a number of things you can do with colloidal silver to help your dog during this time. I recommend adding a teaspoon to your food or drinking water once a day, as well as adding it to your bath along with the home remedy below.
- A bottle of colloidal silver
- Apply several drops of colloidal silver directly to the affected areas and allow to dry.
- This remedy can also be used on your dog's ears if they are also affected by mange.
- Repeat this two to three times a day while your dog is suffering from mange.
Nuts:Colloidal silver is a great supplement to use in conjunction with other home remedies.
13. Sulfur application
Sulfur is often used for a variety of skin conditions in cats and dogs. It will suppress the mange present in your dog while promoting skin healing. The sulfur also helps with your dog's discharge or infections caused by mange.
Just keep in mind that while it is a powerful home remedy for dog mange, it does have a foul odor.
- 1 bottle of sulfur
- Apply 1 tablespoon of Sulfur directly to affected areas and leave on your dog for at least an hour.
- You can wash it off (because of the smell) or leave it on your dog's coat.
- Repeat this once a day until your dog has no more mange.
In addition to these natural remedies for canine mange, I can recommend a few other tips to aid in the healing process and help prevent reinfestation or further spread of mange. Be sure to adhere to the following while your dog has mange:
- Bathe your dog regularly.
- Limit your dog's contact with other animals and people and/or isolate your dog if your dog has sarcoptic mange.
- Clean and disinfect your dog's environment regularly.
- Avoid milk and packaged and canned products.
- Provide a diet rich in vitamins to keep your pet's immune system high and to promote internal healing and coat growth.
- Brush and comb your dog's coat every day and check for mites.
- Do not let your dog come into contact with other dogs or cats.
- Keep your dog away from infected dogs or cats.
- Wash your dog's bedding regularly.
- Don't bring them to dog parks or other areas where they may come into contact with other dogs, cats, or children.
- Combine several home remedies to give your dog the best chance of a speedy and relaxing recovery.
- Visit a veterinarian if your dog's symptoms worsen or persist even after using home remedies.
- Please note that mange can become a serious and life-threatening condition and you should consult your veterinarian before attempting any home remedies.
When your dog has mange and you see him whimpering and crying in pain from the constant itching and irritation, you want nothing more than to comfort him and help him heal from this contagious skin disease. Give your dog a safe, gentle, and natural healing regimen with these thirteen home remedies.
I really hope you found this list and other tips useful for you and your dog. Scabies can be an uncomfortable skin condition, and since it's so contagious and even dangerous, you need to get rid of it fast. These herbal remedies are powerful yet gentle and safe to use on your dog, regardless of age.
Please let me know if your dog has mange and if you have tried any of the home remedies above. Sharing knowledge as a pet owner is important to keeping pets healthy, and what works for your pet can work for mine. I hope you have enjoyed the information I have provided and I hope that your pet has a speedy recovery from mange so that you and your pet can return to normal life as soon as possible.
Bella Medhurst V
Bella Medhurst V, an Australian Registered Veterinarian and Surgeon, earned her BA in Animal Sciences from the University of Adelaide before studying Veterinary Medicine at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 2017. She has worked on PhD and Honors projects and is working on completing a publication for the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture at the University of Melbourne. E-mail:[email protected]