Last Modified on Apr 18, 2016
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.
Remedies for Dog Mange
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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.
PS. I'm using Aloe Pura Aloe Vera produced from 99.9% organic Aloe Vera gel
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YEA (6) 86% BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 14%Posted by Jamonit (Montreal, Quebec Canada) on 03/27/2015
I am currently using the borax/H.P. solution on my black newfie for mange. Having him turn Reddish Brown is not an option - still looks sickly, and because of his long coat, it would take years to grow out. Would ACV instead of HP work ? Any other suggestiions - an even milder concentration of HP - thanks
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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
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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
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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 email@example.com. Maybe we can share some tips.
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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.
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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...
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YEA (1) 100%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
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YEA (4) 100%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
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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!
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Tootiecomputie (Katy, Tx) on 09/06/2015
[YEA] Help with Red Mange
I have a 4 month-old puppy who was dumped in a ditch in the rural area where we live. In looking up a natural remedy and also talking with my vet, we have been doing the following:
In equal portions:
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
I wet my puppy with warm water, then sponge the mixture mentioned above. Let the dog dry on its own..do not dry off with a towel. Do this every other day. I have seen good results by the third dose.
Also, check with your vet about how to improve your pet's immune system. There are so many ways to do this, however, I suggest you ask your vet. Be sure to ask about yogurt, probiotics, adding a tsp of apple cider vinegar to the food. Also, ask about a med that will stop the itching while the pet is in recovery.
I am a "people" nurse and not a doggie nurse. However, I believe in the more gentle ways of helping a pet, without causing the pet to become more ill due to excess chemicals.
Best wishes on all pet owners going through this problem Remember, this takes time and does not heal overnight.
YEA (1) 100%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.
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YEA (2) 100%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
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