Last Modified on Apr 12, 2015
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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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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Approval Ratings YEA (5) 83% BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 17% 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 - thanksReplied by Theresa
03/27/2015Posted 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. CathyReplied by Claudia