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Home Remedies for Dogs with Mange

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Vapor Rub  

Posted by Julie (McKees Rocks, PA) on 05/26/2009

My neighbor told me to try vapor rub for a Mange treatment; Has anyone ever tried it? Thank You.

Replied by Angelica
High Point, Nc
[WORKED TEMPORARILY]   I did try the vapor rub and it only helps with the scratching and licking for about 2 hours then she sleeps so I guess it soothes her at night I apply it and Im looking for something else... because she walks around stinking like medicine....ewww....but shes not scratching for awhile and can sleep because I think it cools her down with the medicine.
Replied by Solarwindspirit
Spartanburg, Sc
Don't use petroleum, it's toxic. Tea tree oil in coconut oil would be better than that. I'm looking for a mild sulfur shampoo for the fur myself. Sulfur kills the mites and stays in the hair follicles a little longer. Is also antifungal.

Vegetable Oil  
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Posted by Lisa (Wichita Falls, Texas) on 05/27/2010

[YEA]  Every time that one of my critters ghas gotten the plain regular mange, all I used was cotton balls and plain old cooking oil!! You just soak the cotton ball with the cooking oil and rub it every where that they are loosing hair.You figure if the mange is just mites, then the oil suffocates the mites and no side effects!! If the animal licks the oil it won't hurt them!! I did it for about a week or so or until you notice that the animal stops getting any more bald places. And maybe put it on still for 2 or 3 more days just to be sure. If anyone has qusetions,email me at This worked every time!! Even with a couple of my rescue babies!!

Replied by Mathew Laban
Kerala, India
All who love their dogs having mange - give slight rock sulphur with its food daily for 15 days and rub any light hair oil, adding menthol in it or rub Vicks Vaporub ( but it is costly). You will find the miracle.

Posted by Lisa (Wichiat Falls, Texas) on 05/06/2009

[YEA]  I have read alot of remedies for Mange.The old timers used old motor oil, which is bad for the pet. I have several cats and a little dog. Several of them had the mange at one time or another. One little stray that I had taken in had it bad. From her neck up to all of her head was hairless!I had no money for a vet or anything. So, all I did for them all was to take a cotton ball and put regular cooking oil on it and rub it on the places where the hair was coming out. It takes a little longer than with medicine to get rid of it. But, if they lick it, it will not hurt the animal. And it really worked. The regular mange is because of mites under the skin. I guess the oil sufocates the little buggars! But, it really, really did work!!

Replied by Ezz
Bolton, Uk
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   hi i have a 9 year old german shepherd dog he has sufferd with mange n has near 90% hair loss i have tried to cure this but in the last two days i have washed him with human shampoo n conditioner herbal essences then applied plain old veg oil to his skin which is now far less red n sore he is itching less too will keep treating this way every two or three days for two week if i have success i will post to let you now wish me n marshel luck this q n a site is great yours hopefully ezz.
Replied by Ezz
Bolton, Uk
hi to all just an update i have been showering marshal now for 8 days using the shampoo n conditioner and once he has dried of applying vegatble oil all over him and giving him brewers yeast tablets from health food shop twice a day for the past 4 days it seem this combination of products is working very well indeed his fur is growing back very fast as i explaind in my previous note he is 9 years old and had near 90% fur loss nothing would clear this up for many years till now im quite confidant that this method will work 100% thanks to all who have posted there remedies ezz n marshel
Replied by Jean
My dog has mange for first-time can I use cooking oil - it won't hurt my dog?

Posted by Tom Knight (Tamarindo, Costa Rica) on 01/31/2009

[YEA]  Cheap, 100% Cure for Mange/Fleas

The following is a copy of email recently sent to the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the American Veterinary Association.

I filled out the form on your website. I could not copy the below email and paste it into your "comments" here it is if you want to use it. I think it is important as it is a simple cure that I have now found sucessful on another dog other than mine also.

Hello to all my Vet friends,

When all else fails.....!!!

I came upon this purely by accident. This cure will not make you any money, but it sure will make you lots of friends with your clients.

I am no casual pet owner. I have shown, field trialed and hunted champion German Shorthair Pointers for 45 years, plus being owned by an assortment of mixed breeds, cats and an assortment of other exotic critters. In the 1970's I was one of the first to breed large falcons in captivity.

My present dog, a mixed breed, short-haired medium-sized (Tamarindo Purebred...) had severe skin problems since he was around nine months old. His full brother/litter-mate is neighbor and enjoys the same, virtually identical environment, so I know the dog's living situation was not the problem.

He developed a severe rash on his "hot spot." To which he continually chewed, and then started chewing his tail to the point of its having no hair at all, and other parts of his rear anatomy. He had a severe flea problem. End result was a neurotic dog with no hair on his tail and rump, constantly chewing and biting himself there and other parts of his body. He was loosing skin in nasty dried chunks and flakes like a huge case of human dandruff. I tried several local vets who provided a variety of creams, soaps and lotions. None worked. I tried human skin products from the local pharmacies. None worked...after considerable financial expenditure. His neighbor brother remained unaffected. I was seriously considering putting him down.

Then, I remembered that when I applied vegetable oil on my sunburn (I now live in the very hot and dry tropics of NW Costa Rica) it immediately soothed it and no peeling of my skin occurred. I tanned nicely, despite the severe sunburn.

So, I looked around the house and found a 1-inch paint brush I had been using for a "meat baster" in the kitchen. I also found a stiff laundry brush. I then brushed him from back to rump and gently on tail to remove loose skin. Then I put some cheap cooking oil in a small plastic tub. Using the paint brush, I gently massaged the oil onto the affected parts.

He immediately stopped biting himself. Within a day, I could see the redness in the skin start to dissipate. I continued bathing him with a flea/tick soap.

Soon, the redness disappeared altogether. I continued this treatment nightly. Within a week the amount of dead skin started to ease up. New hair started to appear. I also scrubbed oil (with the soft paint brush) into the hair and skin in all areas where I saw fleas...mostly under the tail around the lower rump. Within a couple hours, there is no oily feel to the has been absorbed by then into the skin.

Today, just over a month of daily treatment, all his hair is back. His tail now does not look like a rat's. He is completely flea free. He chews no more and his coat is glossy. He was also very skinny. Now, he has put on many pounds and is in the pink of health.

My Conclusion: I think the veggie oil acted as a systemic. It penetrated the skin and suffocated the mites under it that were eating the hair follicles and roots. It also did the same for his skin as it did for mine. The oil also suffocated the fleas to the point they now no longer exist.

Correct me if I am wrong. I would love any input. I thought this treatment was of significant importance that you folks should know. Maybe you do already. However, try this next time on one of your client's dog.

This experience might make a useful entry for your newsletter.


Tom Knight
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Replied by Dick
Taipei, Taiwan
[YEA]   You're right. Oil does suffocate insects and other critters by obstructing their airways.
Replied by Jacinta
Cowpens, Sc
I have a little hound mix that has started loosing his hair in several places at first it was just a "hot spot" on his back. I thought he might be getting into something in the yard but we have another dog aswelll that is fine>?? so after a little reserch I realized that alot were using veggie oil! As a kid we dipped them in burnt motor oil now there are sites that show the warning an effects frm motor oil so I was worried I wouldnt be able to find a home remady... After reading ur post we applied veggie oil all over him lol he was so cute the way he acted while I was rubbing that oil on him. So today is the first day I hope this will work an his bald spots will grow new hair not sure how long I have to keep oiling him up an do I give him a bath the next day after I applyed it, then repeat for several days??? please give me some feed bk on how to go about treating him plz thx for all the ideas hope this works.... Its great for people who dont have the mny to continue to take there pets to The vet when times are hard.. there monthy an yearly shots are enough as is so if any one cld help me figure out how long an what to do I wld be greatfull thxxx bunches....
Replied by Russell
St Cloud, Mn
How long can I leave the vegetable oil on my dog before washing it off?
Replied by Michelle
Beaumont, Tx
What exactly are the steps to doing the oil trick. And when u put it on him do u wash it off or leave it on. Because I have an inside dog and I dont want oil every where. If u could please post back asap. Hes so bad he has blisters on his ( thingy). Thanks.
Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
Michelle (Beaumont TX) ---

Please use coconut oil or best, neem oil. Vegetable oil is GMO and very unhealthy. All the best.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Mike
California (ca)
Thanks for the insight. My 1 week old puppies are experiencing harden hair spots. It might be mange, but I'm not sure. We are going to apply this home remedy and see how it works for them. Thank you very much.

Posted by Tom Knight (Tamarindo, Costa Rica) on 12/21/2008

[YEA]  Hello,


After serious sessions and lots of dollars with various vets, I could not cure my shorthaired dog of mange.

Here in Costa Rica, sunburn is usual. I tried using plain old veggie oil from the local grocery store to help my sunburn. Veggie oil is a sestemic..I dicovered...and it cured my sunburn...better than all thoes Aloes and etc. sutff you buy in the store.

My dog was eating himself to death with the itching...etc.

So,I used a 1" paintbrush and put some veggie oil in a plastic tub...painted the oil on my dog's raw and very red spots. It immediately soothed the area and my dog stopped bitting himself.

I then used a stiff brush the next day to brush away all the dead skin. Then "painted" him with the veggie oil (any store variety will do) and "scrubbed it in." As a systempic, it absorbed into the skin and, obviously, smothered the mites to death.

Each day, I noticed a decided improvement...from the "eaten" tail to the hot spot to up the spine.

It works dog now does not eat himself to death...his skin is new and fresh, hair is coming back and he is actually gaining weight.

CURE: Veggie oil from grocery store, a 1" paintbrush, small plastic bowl and a stiff brush.
Each day, brush dog to get rid of dead skin in enfected area.
Then "paint" oil on area, brushing it in well. will relax with the oil penetrating the skin and stop the itching.
Each day you will notice the hair growing back and the dog stopping "eating himself."

It works me if you want.
Tom Knight

Replied by Shirleyann
Winona, Ms
Have you thought about using mineral oil? Also a very good laxative.

Vinegar and Water Solution  
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Posted by Dianec (Los Angeles, Ca, United States) on 03/06/2010

[YEA]  Dear Earth Clinic,

I have a pet male dog that is 10 years old, he is a half-breed pit bull. Pongo began biting his back area just above his tail one day and I would wash and treat the area with over-the- counter medication for dogs. But commercial products would not work. Eventually the area became so troublesome that I would find the hair on his backside wet and with some blood on it where Pongo bit the area with his teeth as the itching was so unbearable. It hurt me to see my dog suffering so much.

This is what worked for Pongo:

1. I would wash the itchy area with soap and water (Pongo felt happy with the soap wash) I washed the area with ordinary bath soap (Dove), then I would rinse the infected area with a solution of water and vinegar (half water and half vinegar! BE SURE TO RINSE OFF ALL THE SOAP!

I did this routine daily (once a day) and eventually the mange completely healed. It has never returned!