Dog Mange (Less Popular)
Natural Remedies

Home Remedies for Dogs with Mange

Vegetable Oil
Posted by Lisa (Wichiat Falls, Texas) on 05/06/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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!!

General Feedback
Posted by Kim (Ny) on 08/14/2015

How is Scout? I cannot believe a vet prescribe Ivermectin to a Sheltie. Actually, I can believe it, I had a vet give one of my adoptees Revolution and Sentinel at the same time, he's only 7 pounds. The adopter called and told me he threw it up and I was PO'd that he gave those two things together. I told her you have to double check everything, especially meds, even if you trust your vet. Always question everything.

Benzoyl Peroxide
Posted by Blake (Ga) on 04/16/2016

Thank you for pointing out that BORAX is safe, is not poisonous, and cures all mange if properly used. We have treated our medium size dog, probably 12 times. She had mange over all her body. Most places are cured, and the hair is growing back. Best of all she no longer itches and bites herself constantly, like she did before. Suggestion to help dissolve the Borax quicker, is to use two cups of hot water into the container with hydrogen peroxide, in a container with a tight lid that you can shake. Our vet thought it was allergies.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Jeanene (California) on 04/30/2017

My dog was infested with mange. I bought a big bag of diatamaceous earth from a feed store, where farmers get their farming supplies. That is the cheapest way to buy it because you will need a lot of it. It is crushed up sea creature shells. These will kill the mites. It is completely non toxic but great care must be taken to not breath the dust as it is dangerous to breathe because of its grinding properties. You will put some directly on your pet, but you also have to shake it all over your house, furniture, yard, anywhere your dog goes. We used a strainer and just gently shook it everywhere. It was a lot of work but this powder breaks the exoskeleton of the mite skin and kills immediately, you will also rid yourself of all fleas and ants at the same time with this method. The great thing is there isnt any danger of ingesting it. In fact to treat parasites you and your dog can eat it daily to completely kill parasite infestation. Use an old vacuum to clean everything up because it can destroy it. We did this method and never had a mange problem ever again. That was 6 years ago.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Lori Risk (Vancleave, Ms) on 05/15/2018

I run a cat rescue. DE is wonderful. I put some in my hand and pet the cats. They love the petting, and the food grade is safe for them. You can get a shelf-sized bottle (about 8oz) of food grade DE at Home Depot for about $6.00.

Set it by your easy chair and when the cats or dogs come by, reach for it, put some in your hand and pet your pet. :)

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 03/27/2015

Hey there!

This is an old post but may be helpful to you:

Posted by Garry (RI) on 01/08/2007

[YEA] Saw the responses to your treatments and I gave him two dips with the peroxide / borax the first couple of weeks and then switched to a 50 / 50 water / white vinegar / borax dip ever since. I used white instead of ACV because it's cheaper and it seems that it's the acetic acid that is the carrier into the skin. ALL of his hair is back and he hardly scratches anymore. He gets the recommended borax in the the drinking water too. I intend to give him maintenance dips once every month or so and may continue with the Borax in the drinking water as an ongoing thing. Great advice! Thanks again!

Supplements to Build Immunity
Posted by Joe (Nj, Usa) on 11/18/2014

I am currently treating my bulldog mix with ivermectin and started using the hydrogen/borax today. I wanted to add he got this after vaccines and being on a dewormer.

So I am working on his immune system. Colloidal silver daily, olive leaf extract, dmg, probiotics, and colostrum. These are very effective and proven to greatly enhance the immune system in humans or dogs. I can not speak highly enough of these supplements. Colloidal silver alone kills almost any pathogen including ebola.

A strong immune system is key in humans and animals.

Aloe Vera Gel
Posted by Robert (Pitcairn, Pa) on 08/05/2016

What amount mixtures do I use? I have 8 year German Shepherd eating his back, inside legs, part of tail.Loosing hair on elbows too. Tried Borax, shampoo regular with oatmeal shampoo spayed rubbed in white vinigar, anti ich sprays & creams. Please help me with my BOY ARAGON

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Lori (Iowa) on 05/02/2016

This information is very accurate. You just have to make sure you are using the food grade product and not the product meant for the yard and garden. There is a definite difference.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Mayonnaise
Posted by Schelc (Makawao, Hi) on 10/29/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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!

General Feedback
Posted by Bam Bam's Mom (Millsboro, De, USA) on 05/27/2012

Our Bam Bam passed away yesterday with a long bout of Demodectic Mange. He was only 6 months old. We tried everything and at one time we thought we had it cured. He actually got hair back and played and was back to living but only a few weeks ago it came back with such a vengence that nothing was working. He passed away with us holding him. I will never forget this experience. NEVER. we tried everything. I hope anyone who has a puppy who has this to be prepared. WE MISS YOU OUR FRIEND OUR LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR SHORT LIFE. LAUGHTER HAS BEEN SILENCED FOR NOW. LOVE MOM AND DAD.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Mayonnaise
Posted by Louis (Orange, Ca) on 05/05/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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

Borax, White Vinegar
Posted by Koron (Jefferson, Oregon) on 05/01/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Hello my name is Koron from Jefferson Oregon. I have a Golden Retriever named Benjamin. He got red bumps and flaky skin on the back of his legs, and at the base of his front legs. He was scratching it raw creating sores that would scab over and create black and gray flakes. I thought it was an allergic reaction to fleas, so I treated him with a liquid flea chemical that you drip down their back. It did not change, and I never saw any fleas, so I looked up his symptoms and decided it could be mites (mange). I found your website and tried the Borax and white vinegar treatment. I followed the directions I read. I used about 2 1/2 tablespoons borax per cup of vinegar, mixed it in a blender, and used a spray bottle to soak his whole body with it and then just let him drip dry. I've been treating him (almost every day) for a couple weeks, and it is ALL GONE except a few little red bumps in his front arm pits. Do dogs have arm pits? :) Thank you very much for your help! AWESOME website! I can't believe how great it worked! I spent about $3.00 on a box of borax, and $1.67 each for three 32oz. jugs of white vinegar. I still have over half of the borax and vinegar left, and he is not scratching anymore, and is pretty much cured. I almost took him to the vet, and I almost spent a lot of money on brand name mange treatments. You guys saved me a lot of money and headaches. Thank you very much.

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Lisa (Wichita Falls, Texas) on 06/14/2010

Tina, I have only used DE in food for parasites in the body of pets. Mange is a mite, but it is under the skin, so I don't see how the DE would help. DE looks like flour, but it is actually something that comes out of the ocean and is ground up .It is like fiber glass to bugs. It scratches their body when that come in contact with it and they basically just dry up! For mange all I have ever used is cotton balls and plain old cooking oil. I just rub the oil everywhere that the pet's hair is getting thin. I do this twice a day for about a week or so. If the mange is bad, then it will have to be put on longer. But, if they lick it, it will not make them sick! If there are any scabby places that they can get with the mange, I just put peroxide 3 times a day until the places are well. Oil will get on things, so I just put an old blanket or something for them to lay on. I would rather do this than to put something on them that will make them sick. Any questions-email at [email protected]

Apricot, Castor, Neem, Oregano Oils
Posted by Brenda (Forest Hill, Md) on 06/17/2015

Apple cider vinegar is a great treatment for your dogs skin conditions! However you must be careful with giving it to them orally, particularly if they have a past history of bladder stones. My dog cannot ingest it because of that reason. Vinegar is very acidic and that in the urine will form stones so please be careful! I would only bath them in it or use it directly on the hotspots or mange infected areas which is what I do. Please do not use it on them if the area is broken. It stings!!!

Tea tree oil does also kill the mites but some people do not know that you can actually kill your dog with it. You can never put straight tea tree oil on your dog and you cannot NEVER use it on a cat. Tea tree oil in its full strength form can paralyze your dog and in some cases can cause death. It will definitely cause death to a feline.

Please make sure you read read and read some more on these herbs before using them on your pet. I do use tea tree oil on my yorkie but I only put 4 drops to a 12-14 oz bottle of shampoo. Zyrtec can also be used very safely for your dog to control the itch. I also use that with my dog successfully. My dog also has seasonal allergies that tears up his skin so after trying everything else we went to zyrtec and I am amazed! Use the childrens chewables at 10 mg once a day. I crush it for my yorkie and pour it directly on his little tongue and it dissolves rather quickly. I hope this helps to keep your babies safe. Natural remedies can also be harmful to your pets if you do not research and read you could make a fatal mistake.

Be careful with the Tea Tree Oil!!!

Cooking Oil, Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Alice (Lansing, Michigan) on 12/11/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Mange Remedies:

Cooking Oil- The cooking oil will smother the egg mites. This will kill them before they hatch.

Tea Tree Oil- The Tea Tree Oil with stop the irritation and it will soften the skin stopping the itching. It will also smother the mites because they hate the smell.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Mayonnaise
Posted by Ka (San Diego, California) on 09/12/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Norman (Scottsville, Ky. U.S.A.) on 09/02/2009
4 out of 5 stars

Dog Mange: Just poured liberal amount of common household peroxide on infected area. started to work immediately, very glad I looked at this site, thank you all. Norm

Benzoyl Peroxide, Omega 3, New Food
Posted by Gagirl (Blairsville, Georgia) on 08/20/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Demodectic Mange Treatment

My pug had demodectic mange. It was just hair loss, but in several spots and his chin and neck were almost bare. I took him to the vet and he recommended promaris flea/tick medicine. I used this product three months(three applications). I also bought benzoyl peroxide (acne cream) and rubbed on the spots once a day for about 3 weeks. I started giving him omega 3 gel caps once per day and I started him on ___Natural Choice chicken, oatmeal and rice puppy food. He's completely cured. I don't know which part contributed the most, I just know his hair has completly grown back and he is so healthy and active. I hope this helps someone, cause it took hours of searching for me to decide what to do with my little pug!

Baby Oil, Pyrethrin
Posted by Diamond (Salisbury, Ma.usa) on 04/04/2011
1 out of 5 stars


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

Vegetable Oil
Posted by Ezz (Bolton, Uk) on 03/01/2010
4 out of 5 stars

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.

Vegetable Oil
Posted by Ezz (Bolton, Uk) on 03/08/2010

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

Vegetable Oil
Posted by Dick (Taipei, Taiwan) on 02/04/2009
5 out of 5 stars

You're right. Oil does suffocate insects and other critters by obstructing their airways.

Vegetable Oil
Posted by Michelle (Beaumont, Tx) on 12/11/2015

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.

Posted by Ashleigh (Houston, Tx) on 02/13/2010

Do you know what kind of mange your dogs had? My 1.2 lb Chihuahua Puppy has demodectic (sp?) mange over most of her body. She's missing a lot of hair and has scaly scabs all over. We've been using Ted's remedy, but she's so small and it's so cold here right now that she's caught a cold (kennel cough, we think). I really don't want to keep her cold and wet to wait for the Borax treatment to work and am hoping that Nu-Stock will work for her so she can be mite-and-cold-free! Thanks!

Glover' S Shampoo and Coniditioner, Sulphur
Posted by Donna (Houston, Texas) on 03/21/2008
5 out of 5 stars

On my dog I had tried everything available except for Ivermectin. I decided To Shampoo my dog with Glover's Medicated Shampoo, and I brushed all the scabs and flakes off. I then greased him with the Glover's dandruf oil for scalp and hair. It's available in liquid. I first noticed the next day he was flea free. Three days later I repeated my steps, shampoo with the Glover's medicated shamoo, brush away flakes and scabs and oil him with the liquid medicine for scalp and hair. Well, the fleas are gone, and the mange is leaving. Hair has started growing back in areas and he isn't scratching all night. This is an enexpensive treatment and it works. ALso, I went to the feed store and got some sulfur and put it out in the backyard where the dog is. SO far so good

Benzoyl Peroxide
Posted by Claire (Druban, South Africa) on 03/20/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Ailment: Dermodectic mange on Amstaff pup. Cure: Benzyl Peroxide 5% cream (Acne cream).

My 6mnth old Amstaff pup developed dermodectic mange. At first just one spot on the top of her head, then moved to her cheek, eye and nose. Tried the conventional dip routine - didn't work, mite population wasn't decreasing after two weeks and the dip made the pup very drowsy and nauseous. Looked on this site and found the 'Acne cream cure'. I bought some from my local chemist - called 'Benzac' here. Applied it to the first spot on top of the head every day for a week. After two weeks the hair started growing back. Have since applied to all the bald spots and after approx two weeks of treatment, the hair is growing back on all the patches. She is also on homeopathic sulphur and immune boosters, but looking great.

Thanks for the advice!

Benzoyl Peroxide
Posted by Claire (Durban, South Africa) on 01/30/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I used Benzac 5% (Benzoyl Peroxide) successfully for the second time on my 6 month greyhound x puppy. I noticed the first spot on her front right paw shortly before she got spayed. I should have fixed it before having her spayed but I wasn't sure that it was demodex at that point. Suffice to say shortly after spaying a few more spots appeared. From the time I noticed the first spot until I finally got to the shops for the benzac was about a month. In addition to applying benzac I put her on immune boosting supplements, vitamin C and flaxseed oil.

The trick is to watch each spot individually. Basically you're just trying to control the mites until the dog's immune system can kick in and sort out the problem. So my approach was to put benzac on each spot twice a day (and leave it on) until the skin redness went away. Bear in mind that the spots I was dealing with never got bigger than 1cm in diameter (1/2 inch). If you can't tell after a week whether there's an improvement, it might be the benzac causing the redness, so leave it for a day or two and then check again. It's taken about 6 weeks, but it looks like all of the spots are now growing hair back.

I take this route because all other options are toxic to the dog. Yes, even borax. With demodectic mange you are treating something caused by a problem in the immune system. You don't want to exacerbate this by adding poison to the mix.

Both the dogs I treated were mild cases - early detection helped, I'm sure. But both were 'generalised demodectic mange' they had spots in more than 5 places and on face and body. This treatment fixed them both.

Good luck!

Dietary Considerations
Posted by Director - ARF ON (Canada) on 08/30/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Sarcoptic Mange and Demodectic Mange are two very different things when it comes to treatment. Sarcoptic, the contagious mange that is on the skin surface, is generally easily and most effectively treated with "Revolution". Although not a holistic option it is quick, easy and most importantly for the dog - painless. What concerns me about some of the suggestions is that when the skin is raw and sore, adding solutions cause PAIN i.e. VINEGAR. When treating any creature for a physical ailment one must always keep in mind the behavioral impact of a treatment. If your touch brings pain, particularly when your dog isn't well and needs you most, you are doing harm behaviorally.

DEMODEX is something our rescue groups encounters almost daily. We have had over twenty cases of it just within the past few months. It is an internal disorder reaction to the mites that EVERY dog has and can be combated and we have found rarely with a reoccurrence, by combining modern medicine with holistic practices.

"Mitaban" is not available in Canada so we have never used it. The most recent demodex case we brought in was completely bald except for a tuft of fur on the back of her neck. 95% of her coat was gone, she was covered in folds of demodex wrinkles, and open oozing infected sores all over her body from itching. She now, 3 months later, has a beautiful coat, wonderful temperament, and will go up for adoption in a month's time.

Combining the prescribed medication (which may be different in the U.S. than in Canada - ivermectin) with a daily diet of : 2 tsp seakelp, 1 tsp olive oil, 1 capsule vitamin E, 2 tsp pure purred pumpkin....mix with high quality WHEAT FREE kibble.

Keep the dog's stress LOW, keep their immune system HIGH, and demodex can be a problem of the past for your canine. More information can be requested from, a volunteer rescue group.

Petroleum Jelly
Posted by Mangey Doglover (South Africa) on 07/23/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Mix some flower of sulfur in the petroleum jelly until it has a light yellow tinge. Then apply to your dog. This works very well. You can also add a teaspoon of sulfur to a small dog's food/a tablespoon to a big dog. Mites hate sulfur as it kills them.

Castor Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Be (Paris, France) on 06/24/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Castor oil rubbed onto the skin works well to kill or at least slow mites and helps the skin heal from Mange or other skin issues. Also rub 1 part apple cider vinegar and 1 part water (diluted 50/50 mix) on the skin After the bath or anytime itching is apparent. Great stuff for cats, dogs and people too.😊

Coconut, Neem and Tea Tree Oils
Posted by Malena (Slidell Louisiana ) on 09/10/2017
5 out of 5 stars

My chocolate lab got mange. We cured in two weeks. Once daily we slathered her head to toe in a mixture of coconut oil, neem oil and tea tree oil. Washed her bedding daily. Gave her a bath every three days to wash off old oil and reoiled her. Its messy and smelly but well worth the effort. We bought large containers of coconut oil from Sams club, Tea Tree oil from Walgreens and Neem Oil from asian markets and then we found large bottles on Amazon.

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