Home Remedies for Dogs with Mange

Last Modified on Nov 26, 2014

What is Mange?
Mange, or acariasis, is a skin disease in non-human mammals caused by mite infestation. Mites, a wide array of small parasites, can burrow into the skin or hair follicle of your dog and cause itching, hair loss, and a generally unhealthy looking coat. There are two pet associated conditions: demodectic and sarcoptic mange. Demodectic mange is normally taken care of by your dog's own immune system, but sarcoptic mange is highly contagious and can cause heavy itching, crusting, and eventually infection. The mange will worsen as the immune system undergoes more stress.

Find a Cure for Mange

The below remedies to cure mange in dogs were emailed to us from our readers. Our Bangkok contributor Ted has the most thorough and successful remedy with an extensive follow-up and Reader Q&A. You can read more about his remedy on Ted's Cure for mange in dogs. Let us know what you try from this page to cure your dog's mange. If you know of a remedy that isn't listed here, please don't hesitate to share it with us.

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Posted by Nick (Wales) on 10/13/2014

Hi there. My elderly Akita (Ted) has been battling with mange a while now; he may also have sebaceous adenitis. While he received treatment for the mange he didn't have anything for the itching and general skin irritation in the form of something that could be applied to sooth the skin.

A neighbour suggested I try aloe vera gel. I'm glad I did. It really seems to help with the itching and stops his ears from being dry. Most of the condition is gone, but he still has some remnants of this horrible stuff on his face. Aloe vera gel is good here too.

I hope this helps dogs and owners. It's a terrible condition for your furry friend to have, but it's also an opportunity to show them how much you love them and how far you'll go to helping them through it.

Good luck!

PS. I'm using Aloe Pura Aloe Vera produced from 99.9% organic Aloe Vera gel

Apple Cider Vinegar   5  0   

Posted by Cathy (London, Ontario, Canada) on 07/31/2013

Good morning. I have a 9-month-old black male standard poodle. He is groomed often, fed well and lives in a good environment. He has developed a skin problem which I just discovered under his thick poodle hair. I've been combing the dandruff out and applying apple cider vinegar, then a few days later, witch hazel, to the skin for the past week. It's not working. Also, I've bathed him in medicated neem oil shampoo.

I don't know whether my dog has fleas, scabies or mange, or some kind of dermatitis. (I'm praying it's not sebaceous adenitis, which is a known disease for poodles. He is considered young for SA. ) But I understand this solution is broadly effective for all these problems.

Sorry for all the dialogue. My concern: I have used hydrogen peroxide 3% on my dog, in combination with baking soda and dish soap when he was sprayed by a skunk. I do not think the hydrogen peroxide is good for his beautiful black coat!

So I'd prefer to use vinegar - regular vinegar or apple cider vinegar, whichever.

My question is do I dilute the 5% vinegar with water, as you dilute the 3% hydrogen peroxide?

Thanks for your help! I await your response. Cathy

Posted by Claudia
Pasadena, California
07/31/2013
hi Cathy, this sounds like a similar issue I have been struggling with my dog (a mutt)... The best thing I have found is bathing him every 10 days to 2 weeks with human shampoo made with tea tree oil and making sure to rinse it out thoroughly. I also cleanse his ears once a week because they tend to get very yeasty. I believe after much research, that I have been dealing with a yeast issue. The apple cider vinegar didn't do much for his skin issues, so I would try the bathing route if I was you. Also look into yeast overgrowth from your dog's food. Happens more than we realize. Good luck and blessings to you and your furry friend!
Posted by Kavegirl77
Arkansas
04/24/2014
2 Posts
My 5 month old pup was diagnosed with localized demodectic mange. After lots of research I decided to use extra virgin coconut oil (feed it to her. I believe its 1 tsp per every 10 lbs and also rub on trouble areas) It does seem to help as some of the areas have cleared up but it still has spread now to other areas. I was thankful to come upon this website!! I will be trying the ACV, I actually just rubbed the red areas of her chest with it so we will see what happens!!
Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
04/25/2014
550 Posts
Hey Kavegirl!

If your dog was skin scraped confirmed to have localized demodicosis, you might consider Ted's Mange remedy; I have first hand experience using the remedy for my pup that had demodex and it did the trick!

Ingredients:
Borax laundry booster - the plain stuff with NO scent.
1 -16 oz bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide

I get both of these from the grocery store.

Process:
Empty hydrogen peroxide into larger bottle - I use an empty 1 gallon vinegar jug. Add to this 32 oz filtered or distilled water - I just refill the hydrogen peroxide bottle twice - and dump into the jug. What this does is change your 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1% hydrogen peroxide.

Next add 1 cup of the borax crystals and shake. There should be some undissolved crystals in the mixed solution - this is just right. I try to use hot water from the kettle on the stove, that or sit the jug of mixture in the sink full of hot water while I bathe the dog.

NEXT:
Bathe the dog - use whatever shampoo and rinse well. Squeeze out excess water and make sure the tub is drained. I then plug up the tub. Now pour the mixed up solution over the dog. I use a small sponge to soak up the solution from the bottom of the tub and squeeze it out onto the dog again and again, making sure I get the head and underneath. Keep squeezing solution over and over onto the dog for about 15 minutes - 30 minutes is better. Then pull the stopper from the tub and let the excess drain. DO NOT DRY THE DOG OR RINSE THE DOG. The solution has to remain wet as it is still working. Allow the dog to air dry. I just pop mine into their crates and I remove any absorbent bedding.

If you are worried about poisoning your dog keep in mind that borax has the same toxicity as table salt. The solution doesn't seem to hurt the eyes or sting any sores on the skin. Some dogs feel instant relief!

Dip the dog once per week for 1 month and up to 2; 8 dips should resolve the demodex and if it does not, then you likely are not dealing with demodex.

Posted by Kavegirll77
Arkansas
04/29/2014
2 Posts
Thanks for the info, ACV seems to be doing the trick! The heat was gone from the red spots within 15 minutes and the red was gone within 24 hours! I have beed spraying her with a light mist of ACV 2x daily and working it into her fur and she has been itching MUCH less, almost no itching. And it appears she is getting new hair growth :) I also have been rubbing vitamin e oil on the scaly areas and it appears to be helping also!

Posted by Jing (Bulacan, Philippines) on 11/27/2012

[YEA]  i read some comments here and tried applying Apple Cider Vinegar to my shih tzu last night. He's been suffering from mange for a long time now. His skin is reddish but this morning it turned pale and it's not greasy and smelly anymore. I will try to use it on him and will post developments here next week. This website is a life-saver! Thanks

Posted by Peaceandlove
Sydney
03/02/2013
[YEA]   I've been looking after a 7month old bull terrier pup for 6 days who has mange. The poor girl's skin was bright dark/hot pink and felt very hot to touch. She has lost most of her hair on the underside and it was very bristley to touch.

I've used ACV 2-3 times a day using 1/3 cup to 2/3 cup water in a spray bottle to soak her all over. Her skin is now normal light pink except a couple of the worst spots, her hair is soft to touch and she has come out of her shell playing with the other dogs. It is obvious she is so much happier now so it must feel much better!

I'll now reduce the ratio down to 1/6 ACV to 5/6 water.

Injections and vet treatments made no improvement to her condition for over 3 months yet this has improved it in a week. Will keep using it for the next few weeks to see how much it improves.

Peace

Posted by Rich
Raleigh, Nc, Usa
06/08/2013
Well I want to let you know that I made a concoction of apple cider vinegar plus baby oil plus Listerine. Apparently as everyone knows, baby oil smothers the mites, the Listerine and the antiseptic in the Listerine helps heal and soothe the affected area. As far as the apple cider vinegar I really still don't know what it does but I put it in there I use this simple spray bottle and I used equal parts of apple cider vinegar in the stream and 1/3 cup of baby oil.

I sprayed it on the dogs and in two days their hair is growing back. I have three outside dogs they are fairly large I also gave them each one small Benadryl tablet for anti-itching as I heard this helps him to stop bitching as well. I'll keep everyone updated on the progress but so far this concoction seems to work

Posted by Rochelle
Raleigh, N.C.
10/10/2013
Did this really work for your dog? If so how long was it before you were able to see a difference?
Posted by Phyllis
Manhattan Beach, Ca
04/18/2014
3 Posts
Can you be more clear about the exact proportions of acv, baby oil and listerine
Posted by Phyllis
Manhattan Beach, Ca
04/18/2014
3 Posts
Can you be more clear about the exact proportions of acv, baby oil and listerine
Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
04/19/2014
550 Posts
Hey Phyllis!

The thread you posted to has been inactive since last June; in case the original contributor does not see your request, I will post Ted's Mange remedy for you:

This is what I do to make up the mange remedy.

Ingredients:

Borax laundry booster - the plain stuff with NO scent.
1 -16 oz bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide
I get both of these from the grocery store.

Process:

Empty hydrogen peroxide into larger bottle - I use an empty 1 gallon vinegar jug. Add to this 32 oz filtered or distilled water - I just refill the hydrogen peroxide bottle twice - and dump into the jug. What this does is change your 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1% hydrogen peroxide.


Next add 1 cup of the borax crystals and shake. There should be some undissolved crystals in the mixed solution - this is just right. I try to use hot water from the kettle on the stove, that or sit the jug of mixture in the sink full of hot water while I bathe the dog.


NEXT:

Bathe the dog - use whatever shampoo and rinse well. Squeeze out excess water and make sure the tub is drained. I then plug up the tub. Now pour the mixed up solution over the dog. I use a small sponge to soak up the solution from the bottom of the tub and squeeze it out onto the dog again and again, making sure I get the head and underneath. Keep squeezing solution over and over onto the dog for about 15 minutes - 30 minutes is better. Then pull the stopper from the tub and let the excess drain. DO NOT DRY THE DOG OR RINSE THE DOG. The solution has to remain wet as it is still working. Allow the dog to air dry. I just pop mine into their crates and I remove any absorbent bedding.

If you are worried about poisoning your dog keep in mind that borax has the same toxicity as table salt. The solution doesn't seem to hurt the eyes or sting any sores on the skin. Some dogs feel instant relief!

Dip the dog once per week for 1 month and up to 2; 8 dips should resolve the mange and if it does not, then you likely are not dealing with mange.

Posted by Chan (Singapore) on 02/12/2012

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Hi Ted, this is a great website. I have a westie which was diagnosed with Demodex mange and has been living with it for 5 years.... Inflamed toes... Black belly.. Torn skin... Bloody tail... Lotsa dried blood.. Etc etc. Its usually the ivermectin, heartworm tablets and lotsa $$$ that is spent at the vet which temporarily gets rid of the demodex.

Now I have discovered ACV. Today is the 3rd day of ACV in his food and he is no more scratching at all.

I intend to start giving my baby some multi-vitamin tablets and would like to know whether those sold over the counter consumed by humans can be given to my westie. If not, what brand of pet multivitamin would be good? Which ingredients in the vitamin tablets should I stay away from.

I have also placed an order for Borax and will be following thru the HydroPero Borax regime.

For those who are in SG.... Can get in touch with me at icandovideo@gmail.com. Maybe we can share some tips.

Thanks Ted.

Posted by Maggie
New York, New York
11/13/2012
Well while Apple Cider Vinegar might be beneficial, it doesnt cure the problem. OMG, NEVER EVER USE BORAX ON YOUR DOG.... I have four pit bulls and one got mange and theyb spread it to eachother because I couldnt keep them apart. They cried for eachother. Vet injections can be deadly. Borax felt hot and somewhat of a burning sensation, which is more tolerable when you think about it than a persistant itch. I tried the patch test on my arm.

Please use safe products on your pets, nothing harsh, ive Leave this treatment to air dry on your dog or cat. Read some crazy things. Yeah you go nuts when your dog doesnt get better. Give them good quality food, dog food or raw diet. Then give them a bath with antimicrobial or antibacterial shampoo for dogs. Wash all the things they lay or walk on with hot water and bleach, try to use the one that is not original, the sent is harmful to pets, clorox lavender or any other sent is great. Then pour a mixture of warm water and listerine original, use it equal parts or try to use a bit more Listerine, this really works. Listerine is an antiseptic, and it kills the itch, the mange is on the skin and hair follicles, and just below the skin -why it takes soooo long to cure. But if you care for your pet, and dont want them bleeding and in pain, DO THIS, IT REALLY WORKS. The hair w-ill grow back and your dog will feel better and know you are caring for him. Some people spray the mixture on, I wanted to see results, and stop their discomfort, so I poured it on where needed and gently did their faces with a cotton wash towel. The bumps all gone, the itch all gone, the mange, after 2 Months, and dogs will vary, ALL GONE. GOOD LUCK.

Posted by Gdsmkg (Las Vegas, Nv, USA) on 12/24/2009

[YEA]  After adopting a very sick cat from SPCA, he had ear mites, mange, ring worm. I first tried the borax mixture that I found on here, saw a little improvement but not much. Tried olive oil in the ears, was very soothing but didn't seem to do much.

Then I tried one capful of natural apple cider vinegar to a cup of water. I took a cotton ball, dipped it in the mixture, rang it out good. Then cleaned his ears with a slightly moist cotton ball. Within a couple of days I saw a big difference in his ear grime.

So then I thought I would try it for the mange and ring worm, I took the mixture, and soaked his ear good. I also wet the areas where there was the most flakiness and crusty flakes. Again within a week, big improvement! I highly recommend anyone to try this, but for him I couldn't use full strength. Just the smell made him puke on the spot.

One capful is all you need to one cup tepid water, it worked so well. I imagine you could also use it in a spray bottle and spray around the house, wherever he hangs out. They also liked me, so I used full strength on myself for ring worm and mange mites.

Posted by Diamond
Salisbury, Ma.usa
03/29/2011
I always knew that dogs had mange but but not cats(?) I never got to see what it looked like first hand until I just saw the picture of mange on a dog in this chat forum. I have been trying to find out what my kitten has, I found her as a stray roaming aimlessly around certain streets, I looked at her sores and thought it was where she keeps biting her self, then I saw this black mite come out of her fur/how gross, I have tried about every thing including dawn dish liquid there are white sores all over her body then some black sores I'm assuming are the mites. I'm going to have to try everything until I find a remedy and first is the Apple Cider Vinegar with warm water. I am constantly cleaning everything with either amonia or bleach. Thanks to every one here for your input, it's been a god send for this site. I cannot afford a vet only to find I'm back to square one still looking for the same remedies. Thanks....... ;o)
Posted by Delcine Avent
Georgetgown, South Carolina
05/08/2011
2 Posts
THIS SITE IS A GODSEND//I AM A BONIFIED DOG LOVER AND HAVE 3 BABIES AN OLDER COCKER SPANIEL NAMED LUCKY WHO WAS DIAGNOSED WITH SENSATIVE SKIN WHEN WAS A BABY, I ALSO HAVE A PIT MIX 1YR NAMED TIPS.. AND A BABY PIT MIX NAMED RUNT.. YES SHE WAS THE RUNT OF THE LITTER//LUCKY WAS BITING AND SCRATCHING LIKE CRAZY I THEN NOTICED THE HAIR WAS FALLING OUT//HIS HIND QUARTERS WERE RED AND LOOKED TERRIBLE //I THEN NOTICED THAT ALL OTHER DOGS WERE SCRATCHING AND BITING , WENT TO WALMART BROUGHT GALLON OF ACV /FULL STRENGHT USED ON ALL DOGS// AND IM TELLING YOU IT WORKS LUCKY IS AT PEACE NO MORE BITING AND SCRATCHING AND HE IS EVEN MOVING AROUND A LOT MORE EVEN PUIT SOME ON CATS// MADE A SPRAY BOTTLE AND SPRAYED MYSELF DOWN AND ALL IS BETTER // THANK GOD SAVED ME MILLIONS AT VET
Posted by Sam
Qld, Australia
08/25/2011
IF YOU ARE SERIOUS ABOUT HELPING YOUR PET WITH MANGE, PLEASE READ. My dogs hair was falling out so naturaly I look him to the vet, spending hundreds on vet bills, skin scrapes and medication, I was told I had to put him on ivomec, I didn't know much About the product but trusting the vets advice I begain to use the ivomec. I was recommended 1.2 ml a day until the mite died. About 2 weeks into the treatment I noticed a big change in my dog, but it was not for the better. He was swaying and began to fall over. He became a very sick dog. I took him straight off the medication and he became healthy again, but it did not kill the demodectic mite he was diagnosed with. I didn't seem to have any form Of effect on the mite at all.

Almost giving up I found this site! I read a few post and saw a few people had positive things to say about apple cider vinegar. I was in my local shopping centre and it caught my eye. I thought it was worth a try! I have been puring it directly on a cotton bud and applying it directly to the infected area! I had only applied it to one section of the infected area for testing and In just four days his hair had starting growing back in this section, its clear that this really works as the areas I havnt applied it to were still the same, I had noticed a huge difference, so t I applied it to all the infected areas. Pryer to using the ACV, I rubbed mayonnaise over the infected area ( This is ment to help to suffocate the mite), and have started him on a raw food diet. If your serious about helping your pet I seriously reccoment these things:
1. Make sure he/she is clean.
2. Make sure where they sleep is clean.
3. Clean drinking water
4. Put them on a raw food diet. - tuna - off cuts of raw meat from your local butcher. - raw egg - & graded carrot.
5. Add a thick layer of mayonnaise to the infected area. Leave it on for a few hours! Rince off with water!
6. When infected area is dry rub on apple cider vinigar and leave it on.
I just wanted to share my experience and findings with everyone, and helpfully this info can help someone else as it has helped me!

Posted by Rosaura
Long Beach , Ca
12/07/2011
Hi, I read your post and I am going to try the ACV because I already spend so much money going to the vet. And my chihuahua still has the mange. I am very sad because I try to keep her clean and I do what the vet say and it is not working. I wonder how she is getting the mites. I have birds and I want to know if the birds may transmite the mites to my dog. Also, I have grass in my backyard do you know if the mites are also present in the grass? I am going to start today the ACV treatment. Thank you
Posted by Chlo3l33
Atlanta, Georgia
01/29/2012
2 Posts
My puppy mill rescue dog has had demodectic mange all of his three years since I've had him when he was 2 weeks old. I took him to a couple different vets when one treatment would fall then to the next. And here's what I'm learning after I almost lost my dog after what was diagnosed as overdose on ivermectin-which by the way is great for ear mites and the mange, caused my dog to go blind and paralyzed within hours of the new refilled dosage of ivermectin-any treatment for demodex mites are temporary only because it will start taking over your pet's skin because of the weak immune system. So whatever works, great. Keep On that track until it doesn't work, go back to something that used to work. It won't cure your dog, but will make it manageable.
Posted by Lil
Dover, Nj
01/10/2013
Apple Cider Vinegar - how many times a day do I give it to my dog for the mange?

Posted by Charlene (Kingaroy, QLD) on 12/20/2008

Thank you for mange information. I found your site looking for a remedy for mange that my Blue Cattle dog has. I don`t have lots of money for vets and he is so frantic with scratching and chewing. I will try the Apple Cider Vinegar right away and send an email back about the results. see you in a week or so time.

C M Stanton. Australia

Posted by Mira (venice, ca) on 01/28/2008

[YEA]  LET ME START BY SAYING I THINK THIS SITE IS THE BEST ONE OUT THERE ON THE INFO HI-WAY.. I had a sinus infection on and off for the last 15 years! I have tried everything and more from the regular md's including pain pills for years to get rid of that horrible head ache around my eyes and cheek bones. A couple of years ago while walking, I Met a man' selling a book about Cancer cures/prevention. he had published the book himself and i was interested in prevention, and what he had to say. He told me that all Humans and animals would benefit greatly by drinking and BATHING in ORGANIC APPLE CIDER VINEGAR WITH THE MOTHERS... I found this to be very interesting and decided to do my own experiments and research, I have a dog who was beginning to get mange on her hind knee it was red and irritaded the vets wanted to give her some horrible medicine and she was clearly not feeling well.I held him over the sink and poured the Vinegar strait from the bottle over her infected knee she squirmed a bit probably from the stinging but a second later that smart pooch put her leg on my chest so i could at it better (as though she knew i was gonna fix her) after the first time it was 80% better and in two days that mange was gone! so I took a bath using the vinegar i probably used a quart as I buy it in gallon jugs ...I could not believe how I felt after one bath..."Reborn" is the word that comes to mind. after that one bath I began to take it orally, in the morning or anytime i had heart burn another ailment of mine...The ACV has worked wonders,also it took My skin tags off and made my skin and hair so much brighter.i also only use coconut oil for moisturizing and a small amount in my hair for dryness...

Posted by Jimmy
Lafayette , Georgia
05/23/2009
how often did you use the viniger on the dogs mange an did it work thanks jim from Georgia at jlmccurry@comcast.net
Posted by Caroline
Pell City, Al
09/07/2009
Yes how often do you have to use the Apple Cider Vinger....My poor doggie is just scratching himself all the time. I don't have much money and for how times are now I can't aford to take him to the vet. So does this really work and how often do you use the ACV on him and for how long?
Posted by Keoki
Angeles City, Philippines
06/16/2010
[YEA]   hi! just want to say that i tried this apple cider vinegar to my dog(toy poodel) for the last month he suffer from mange...then i found this site and tried this apple cider vinegar...for 5 days now...and guez what?! it works! my dogs hair now is growing back...just want to say thanks you...

xoxo
keoki

Posted by Andrea
Huntington Beach, Ca/usa
09/17/2010
I just sprayed my pug with this solution and I am hoping it works. She is an itchy mess and the vet just says she has allergies. I have my fingers crossed. Thanks for the information!
Posted by Bridget
Strasburg, Colorado
04/27/2011
i am a naturopath and I deal with people and not pets. I use and recommend apple cider vinegar to most everyone as it seems to have amazing healing capabilities. I never thought about using on my animals. Duh. One of my pugs that was rescued from a puppy mill came to me with a hot spot on her tail. Within 2 weeks she was covered in hot spots. Vet said she had allergies.

Soon pug #2 with beautiful hair had spots all over her, to the point of bleeding. Vet said pug #2 had allergies as well. I thought this odd since everyone was fine until the puppy mill pug came to live with us. Had a skin scrape done and nothing was found. Many hundreds of dollars later, pug #3 and husky are scratching and have hot spots all over them. Figuring its not allergies but rather mange, mites maybe scabies. I have started using apple cider vinegar on all dogs and myself as I felt a couple of bites on my arms. I will let you know the result. Should have thought of this a long time ago!

Posted by Delcine
Georgetown, South Carolina
05/09/2011
2 Posts
happy to report lucky is doing much better//hes not acting sluggish like he was and the bald spots are looking much better no redness which means the bitting has stopped//i also dont hear him gurgling and guggling (the sound when hes into a biting frenzy)and its only been 4 days since I first used the acv// today I was planning on taking lucky to vet to get a diagnosis but I dont think that is neccessary lucky is doing fine and so are tips, and runt // thank you for your help . A doglover till I die, ms avent
Posted by Booda
Auburn, Nh
09/11/2011
I have 2 dogs Booda (pug) & Bella (Lab/Border Collie) booda started digging about 2-3 months ago and the vet said allergies, than Bella is itching since 2-3 weeks ago and now so am I, as we speak :-(. This is a big deal as I have done meds, cleaning everything in hot water, vacuming, and a scrin scrap that was negative on booda (pug) my vet says fleas (dont see any types of bugs at all), and my dr says dry skin or stress. I am dying over here to find a remedy can someone PLEASE HELP US! ;-(
Posted by Teri
Alvin, Texas
11/29/2011
Dear Folks with itching dogs- my dad has two Boston's Terriers and they both have suffered with the chewing on feet, tail etc. Dad was able to take them to a vet dermatologist (yet- there is such a beast- kidding) they had the "scrape test". Results were varied from foods to different grasses- in other words ALLERGIES- egads. They are now (and have been for years) on a rabbit meat diet (available canned and in dry from various manufactures) and doing well. There are also Limited Ingredient Diets you may want to try. When they occasionally find their way into the cat food or something outside (like spring or fall) sets off the chewing feet- we give them benadryl. I know telling the dosage is important here but the best I can do for you is to advise you to ask/call your vet - most will tell you over the phone how much for your dog's weight. Hope this helps. Patience is key.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Borax, Neem   1  0   

Posted by Doggie Nahni (Wilmington, OH) on 06/12/2009

We rescued a pure bred Springer (Buddy) Sept. 2007 for my daughter as therapy for her conversion disorder(causes non-epileptic siezures) then in March we rescued a sheltie/chow mix puppy (Hercules) for her birthday. Everything was fine until we moved to a farmhouse with 2.6 acres. We were having trouble with potty training Herc but the farmhouse has a doggy door and there have been no more accidents (Buddy has been a great pac leader), the propery was still in town and the there was so much room to play for the dogs so it's been great for all of us or so we thought. Hercules started with a spot on his muzzle, I thought it was because he and Buddy love to wrestle and chew on each other so I thought it was from that, then Herc started chewing his legs and I started to notice raw spots on the front ones, then it was like over night and his back and fromt legs were going bald and he was scratching and chewing like mad and then the stink. It was atrocious. I wanted to take him to the vet but my husband is not into spending that kind of money on pets but since they were our daughters he said she could take him if she paid for it. I decided to do some research on what it could be and came up with the conclusion it was mange. I then started researching natural remedies since I am into that for my own family I thought why not the pets. I came across your website, read the postings and told my daughter about it then gave her the choice. She decided to try the natural route first. We started last night. We washed him with Herbal Essance Anti Dandruff then soaked him with the mixture and let him dry naturally. I washed both dogs bedding since they tend to go in and out of each others kennels, then I made a mixture of Apple Cider Vinegar,Neem Oil (very stinky) and Borax and sprayed their clean bedding and all around their room and sprayed Buddy (although he shows no signs of mange) then I made a spray bottle of the Listerine, Baby Oil and water to help with the stink. I do think he looks a little better but I am wondering if I should do this daily for a few weeks or every other day. He is licking but not chewing so I am thinking of giving him a dose of Benedryl. How much washing and spraying and treating is too much. Is daily too much until I see a noticable improvement? I hate seeing him look so miserable, he was such a pretty pup and now he looks like a 'mangy mut'. Someone please let me know a really good schedule to use for treatment! Thanks in advance:)

The Nahni of Buddy and Hercules

Posted by Diamond
Salisbury, Ma
04/03/2011
Doggie Nahi;Wilmington, OH.

I think I read the treatments to be a week apart, but please don't quote me, Im not too sure of where to actually start, my mangy mutt is a kitten(chuckles)she is very hard to hold onto and I have no one to actually help me. I did part of her mid section back but I never got to get to her tail which is also infested, I tried to do her ears where they too are a nasty smelly mess, it's a total nightmare and I know she is in great pain even though I did some of the work she seems to feel better than when I found her as a stray.

I found the original web page in here as to the treatments step by step instructions they are great, but I keep getting lost with so many posts an pages. Keep searching an you will be sure to find the great site, you might want to try a web search?. Good luck

Posted by Atts
Brooksville, Fl
05/11/2011
[YEA]   I found an easy solution for mange. A small matted pekingese ran in front of my daughters car. Well thank god she didnt hit it. She brought her home and she was badly matted with black mange from mid torso to back legs. She was so stinky I could smell her from across the room. I work with a local rescue so she knew I wouldnt turn her away. I shaved the matts. She is a small dog so it was easier to do this. I put olive oil on her for two days and covered it with a small very stretchy sock cutting holes in it like underpants. Of course I removed it to take her outside.

After two days of that I soaked her for 15-20 minutes in Dr Scholls foot soak (CVS has a brand of there own foot soak almost same ingredients) which contains borax, iodine and some other very good ingredients. I did not dry her I let her just blot dry and air dry. I saw immediate improvement in her. I have used the olive oil on many mites and lices before and the foot soak on my own kids that had itchies! So I tried in on this small beautiful girl. What a success! The black skin flaked off and low and behold she had short hair under that huge patchy place. Her coat was full thick and shiney. She laid down and off to sleep she went. Cheap and easy fix. Now I will take her to the vet to check microchip and get a checkup. Hope everything else goes just as well!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Mayonnaise   4  0   

Posted by Schelc (Makawao, Hi) on 10/29/2012

[YEA]  After reading the reviews of nautropathic ways to handle mange, I decided to try the mayo & apple cider vinegar method as it appeared to be the least invasive to my dog... I just had to comment that the combination did wonders to heal the mange on my dog makana! I applied the mayo consistententy so as to not have the mites spread & the vinegar cleaned & protected her skin... It really worked.. It took several weeks, but the mange has disappeared & her new hair has grown back... Once the mange was contained & the worst was over, I applied 100% aloe vera & tea tree oil.. I highly recommend this method, the whole ordeal is over & it did the trick... Thank you! Kudos!

Posted by Louis (Orange, Ca) on 05/05/2010

[YEA]  I am a 66 year old senior with an 11 year old dog. We are both a couple of old dogs. I just used a home remedy of Apple Cider Vinegar & mayonaise on the hot spots on my dog & (mange) his itiching seemed to go away immediately. I then put the ACV in a spray bottle with water and a tiny bit of hydrogen peroxide and sprayed the carpet and his bedding. I gave my dog a bath and shampooed the carpet. I put 2 tablespoons of ACV in his food and he licked his bowl clean. took him to the park and dabbed mayonaise(2 tablespoons-suffocates the Mites)on his chest where the red spots were and the itiching and then brought him home and gave him a good bath. I washed his bedding and then sprayed it with ACV, water, H202. I have not heard him scratching since. Lou

Posted by Cka
Washington, Missouri
09/14/2010
[YEA]   WHO Knew......... This works..... I have done my border collie 2 times, 12 hours apart and the difference is nothing less than amazing. This took so little money, energy and risk... It did take alittle time. Soooooo unreal that this was the answer all along...... THANK YOU SO MUCH....

Posted by Ka (San Diego, California) on 09/12/2009

[YEA]  First let me tell you thanks for this web site
the woman from Florida who runs a puppy rescue ..
THANK YOU for the Mayonnaise and apple cider vinegar cure for Mange !
simple and soothing for my pooch..

The Mayo she said deprives oxygen from getting to the mite...

I just took a plastic teaspoon and slathered it on the hair loss patch and directly on with the mite bumps ... about an hour later I removed the mayo with a paper towel.. and took sterile gauze pads and soaked them in the apple vinegar.. I left the gauze soaked pads in place for about 10 minutes ( my pooch was very cooperative. so I guess she felt relief immediately.. and became calm as if she was getting a spa treatment.

I did this procedure twice in 12 hours ( night time ) and I am amazed to report that YES the mites vacated the bumps .. you can see the exit opening in the bumps
but they were evidently trapped in the mayo.. and were tossed out in the paper towel..(RIP... < smile > and my dog's relief? priceless all this from my cupboard./ grocery store.. fantastic

I now have made a mixture of the borax soap ( 20 mule team laundry detergent .. from Von's grocery store) and diluted 3 percent hydrogen peroxide ( cut with equal amounts of water to reduce it to approx 1 percent hydrogen peroxide )

I made a paste of sorts of the mixture and took a plastic spoon and mad a sort of poultice? covering the effected mite bumps on my dog.. I have placed it on her and am letting her dry -- as I said the relief she is getting is making her soooooo cooperative

NOW while she is sleeping I am taking all towels used, and my bed sheets and putting them in the washing machine..bleach, hottest water, 20 Mule Team Laundry detergent .. and washing everything while she sleeps ..

wow I cant believe the difference @80 percent improvem3ent and almost all the mite mounds/bumps are gone !!Again thank you for this web site.. amd thanks Ted and the woman with the Rescue in Florida for posting your natural treatments on this site ..

I notice that there is a cure for people who have Scabies.. with the same remedies

if it works as well on the same treatment for people as it did my little dog.. i can only imagine what relieve it would be.. hopefully I won't befall such a medical issue myself.. but if I ever should I am reaching for the mayo and cider vinegar.. and the borax and peroxide treatment --cause they are Very Very effective.. WOW

my pooch sends you big wet grateful kisses K. Anderson

EC: We can't find the original post from Florida! Can you let us know what page you found it on so we can link to it? Thank you!

Posted by Ka
La Mesa, California
09/13/2009
Comment on this post from April ...

07/09/2009: April from North Florida, replies: " For mites on the dog -- try covering the dog with mayonnaise!!! Leave it on as long as you can before rinsing it off. After rinsing I like to shampoo the dog and rinse with vinegar and water. The dog may smell like a salad while wearing the mayo, but the mayo suffocates the mites. We run a dog rescue and take in babies with all sorts of skin ailments, and this works like a charm getting rid of mites. Lots of people claim dogs with mange are incurable - well, the mange caused by mites is taken care of with mayo every time."

April thanks for posting tis.. I did this twice in 12 hrs to my little female pooch

it is awesome.. and the mayo also made her coat smooth and the vinegar balanced out the residual redness of her skin .. I can't believe how well it worked and how calm it made her.. like she was getting a spa treatment .. the may gave her instant relief

guess the mites are less active right away?? And she just laid there I was able to leave the mayo on for over an hour each time. I put sterile gauze pads in the apple vinegar and let them stay on her deflated mite sites......again AWESOME.. about 75 to 80 percent better after the first treatment and a small gain after the 2nd on.. I am letting her skin recuperate and w ill do it again in a day or two

my question.. how often to you do this treatment.. how long does it take ( does it vary) to eliminate all the mite sites? and more specific instructions would be appreciated

a big thanks from me.. and great big wet kiss from Roxie...KA from La Mesa California

EC: Thanks! That post came from this thread: http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/scabies.html#BHP_1503

Apple Cider Vinegar, Ted's Remedy   1  0   

Posted by Edh (Marietta, Ga) on 07/20/2011

[YEA]  My 4 mo old dog (golden/lab mix) has had itchy skin since he was about 9 wks old. It progressively got worse. The vet thought it was allergies, then mange. But neither med helped nor relieved the itching. I found this website and have read alot. I have ruled out poor diet, wheat, grains. I tried ACV and H2O and it does relieve itching and I noticed his coat was very soft afterwards. I will continue to use this as a rinse after his baths. But after a few days the redness got worse.

I decided to try the Ted's mange remedy. I will say that after 2 days he has gotten better. I put the mixture in a spray bottle and either squirt it on his belly and groin area (he doesnt really like being sprayed) or I put it on a cotton ball and rub it all over his underside. He really likes this better. I just pet him and talk to him until it dries. My problem is that he wants to lick this area afterwards so I do rub it on him 2-3 times a day. He loves having his belly rubbed so it is very easy for me to soak his underside. He is a great puppy, I hope this continues to work. I will post again after I have done this longer.

Posted by Eleanor
Johannesburg, South Africa, South Africa
07/28/2011
My babe boerbol has extreme mange, he was treated by the VET and is home, there is still the redness on his face & neck, he is on medication please advise if the mayo & apple cidar will assist with the redness, she scratches and it bleeds

Apple Cider Vinegar, Yogurt, Local Honey   2  0   

Posted by Mary (London, Canada) on 12/26/2007

[YEA]  My lab/mix suffered from mange and candida 1 year ago and thru this website and others, I was able to stop his paw licking/biting, smelly ears, hot spots, rashes and hair loss on his body with 3 simple ingredients - unpasturized apple cider vinegar (1 tbs per meal) 2 tbs. plain yogurt with acidophillus in it and local , not store bought, honey. The honey can be applied to red areas on their body, I've used the yogurt in his ears to help heal and the ACV also works for fleas and digestive problems. After spending thousands of $$ at my Vet's, the cures were at my health food store. One other mention, switch your pets foods to a Candida free formula. You'll save $$ not visiting the Vet's office

Posted by Diamond
Salisbury, Ma. Usa
03/30/2011
[YEA]   I have found some great things in here, I was just considering puting this kitten to sleep because she had so many illnesses, she would eat and throw it up but it was the hair balls she threw up, then to top things off I didn't know what mange was or even seen it to know, this kitty was a stray and it looked as though she had chewed on her skin so much I couldn't tell what she had, then I came into this site and found out exactly what she has, everything I put on her she laps it right off no matter what it is, I just put mayonaise on her and she loves it(chuckles) it's hard to occupy her time & mind while I am trying to treat her, she was eating her cat food while I put the mayo. On her then she came to eat the mayo. But she is a sweet little girl and worth saving her life, all in all she is doing a 100% better since this site & treatments than when I found her. I changed cat food over to Newman's own(Paul Newman/grandaughter) the food is all home grown and organic, my cat was starving, very thin, I have fed her six or more times a day until she has gained quite a bit of weight. And because the food is all natural as well as organic she is doing great thanks to this wonderful god send of a site. Thank you Ted ;o)
Posted by Diamond
Salisbury, Ma.usa
03/30/2011
I thought I might add on to my own message's. I have a very strong feeling that this mange/mites suck's all the nutrients as well as the blood from animals(?) that might be why my kitten is so thin and loses weight as fast and as soon as she eats. I have been giving her probiotics called L-Lysine 500 it's good for maintenance of nitetrogen balance, I give her one every day for the first ten to fifteen days, then every other day only because she is small for a kitten an thin. I also hope to wash her down again with Apple Cider Vinegar to get the vit. E off of her, right now she looks like a porcupine, she is supposed to be a real fluffy kitty but because of bald spots, thankfully it's getting to be summer & warmer.

Right now my kitty is sleeping peacefully right on top of my printer next to me, I am so happy to see she isn't itching every few minutes. I just found a small bug with black an red body? it was next to my kitten on my herbal bottle. Would any one have any idea what this is? it just happened to be in the area of my kitten right after I washed her? Ewwww thats some scary.

Thank you so much for this wonderful site.

Posted by Diamond
Salisbury, Ma.usa
03/30/2011
Can some one tell me an easier way of cleaning mites out of my kittens ears please? I know I cannot use Q-tips and I did use cotton swabs but I can't reach all the way inside and she starts getting feisty. Her fur is full of scabs, I hope this means the mites are dead? I continue to clean every thing in the house, from bed linnen, and every where she sits or lays down to nap. My dogs are going to a groomer the first of next week, I also put Apple Cider Vinegar on their backs, I also gave them a bath in ammonia and they loved it, no reactions from the ammonia either. Thank you.

Apricot, Castor, Neem, Oregano Oils   1  0   

Posted by Bliss (Brooklyn, Ny, Usa) on 12/20/2009

[YEA]  cat mange cure

I brought home a cat with mange and tried everything. I could not find Borax here in Brooklyn, but I came up with a remedy that worked, I mixed

1 oz. apricot kernel oil
1/2 oz. castor oil
2 dropperfuls Neem oil
2 dropperfuls Oregano oil

I applied it whenever I saw the cat scratching to the area being scratched. Took a week or two to get it all. Also important to vacuum bedding and I sprayed that with rubbing alcohol mixed with 10 drops Peppermint essential oil and 10 drops Thyme essential oil.

Baby Oil, Pyrethrin   1  0   

Posted by Joe (Ilkley, Queensland) on 07/25/2009

[YEA]  home cure for mange, fleas, ticks, and beautiful coat 200ml baby oil add 10ml pyrethrin which is a natural insecticide mix together. I have dobermans I use 30ml in a syringe and squirt it down their spine {back] and then massage in .the dogs go swimming and it still stays on it last about 3 to 4 weeks .been doing this for 2 years it works as good or better then vet bought products.

Posted by Ivory Coast
Loco, Ca
12/28/2009
10 Posts
WHERE DO YOU BUY THE PYRETHRIN?
Posted by Diamond
Salisbury, Ma.usa
04/04/2011
[WARNING!]   Joe; Pyrethrin is highly toxic to all animals, therefore it's impossible to be a natural substance for anyone, much less animals. Thanks & good luck
Posted by Michelle
Riverside, California
08/02/2011
Pyrethrin is considered natural as it is derved from a flower The poison you can make from tomatoe plants is deadly toxic but is still considered natural.


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