Home Remedies for Cat & Dog Mange

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cat and dog mange home remedies

When it comes to cats and dogs, there is a distinct difference between a ratty, scruffy coat and one that is plagued by mange. The latter is caused by miniscule mites and cannot be cured with a simple bubble bath. Animals with mange need immediate attention because the condition is life threatening when left untreated. If your pet’s coat is looking uncharacteristically shabby, you may want to become familiar with the symptoms and home remedies for mange.

What is Mange?

An infestation of parasites on the skin of Fido or Fifi is to blame for the condition of mange. A tiny parasite called a mite is responsible for literally feasting upon your pet, as the term comes from the word mangier, which translates into ‘to eat.’ Most commonly found in dogs and other canine species, mange can also occur in other domestic and wild animals, like cats [1].

When it comes to annoying pet pests, mites are sometimes compared to fleas. However, they are much different. A flea resides on the outer surface of your pet’s skin, where they bite and drink the blood of their victims. Mange mites actually dig into the skin and live beneath the surface, where they drink blood and in the process – cause nasty allergic reactions.

Mange comes in different forms with Demodectic mange (red mange) the most common condition seen in dogs and Notoedric mange most often attacking cats.

Symptoms of Mange

With excessive scratching, weight loss, dehydration, and a decreased desire to eat, animals also show the symptoms of mange on their face, ears, head, and neck. Brown marks appear on or around the nose. The ears sometimes become crusty with signs of discharge. Crusty patches emerge on the head and neck. The fur becomes thin in such a way that you can see the pink of their skin [2]. The animal’s coat often shows the signs of severe hair loss, often with small patches of baldness.

cat and dog with mange problems

Home Remedies for Treating Cat & Dog Mange

It’s important to know that most healthy dogs already have a small community of Demodex mites residing in their coat. However, if the mite population gets out of control, this is when the real trouble begins. In some cases, an allergic reaction can be found in only one part of the body, or the response gradually spreads across the rest of his or her coat. To prevent the spread of mange or treat a mangy pet, consider the following home remedies for dog and cat mange:

a) Hydrogen Peroxide and Borax:

One of the best home remedies for treating mange in dogs is to create a 1% hydrogen peroxide solution with water and Borax. Make sure that the mixture thoroughly dissolves. Once a week, wash your dog in a solution comprised of 1 to 2 tablespoons of borax for every 500 cc of 1% hydrogen peroxide. Refrain from wiping the dog dry. Simply allow the treatment to take effect. Do not exceed a treatment period of two months.

b) Brush Out the Fur:

Treat a mangy coat by brushing out the fur on a regular basis, which helps remove scaly skin and scabs.

c) Yogurt:

Choose a plain yogurt that contains acidophilus to heal the inside of ears that has been plagued with mange. Two tablespoons should do the trick.

d) Apple Cider Vinegar:

Add one tablespoon of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to your pet’s meal to treat mange symptoms.

e) Cooking Oil:

Apply a couple drops of cooking oil directly to mangy skin patches to combat the irritation caused by mites. Cooking oil can also soften the waxy deposits that appear on the surface of your dog’s skin, which have been left behind by mites. The oil will also kill mites at the same time.

f) Lemon:

Slice one lemon with the peel still left on. Boil water in the same manner as you would if you were preparing a cup of tea. Drop the lemon slices into the water and allow to steep overnight. In the morning, apply the mixture to your pet’s coat using a sponge.

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g) Soapy Water:

Apply a couple of drops of warm water with soap to eliminate mites found on the skin of your dog. This approach can also help stop the spread of mange to other body parts.

h) Routine Bathing:

Heal scaly skin and scabs by giving your pet a regular bath.

i) Treat Bedding:

If your pet is under attack by mange mites, it is important to thoroughly wash his or her bedding, and treat other places where they sleep.

j) Honey:

Apply local (and not store-brand) honey to reddened skin.

Home Remedies for Cat & Dog Mange Resources
[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mange
[2] http://mangecure.info/Mange/mansym_MangeSymptoms.html


  • Dorothy

    I tried, without success, oinments and shampoos with Neem, tea tree, propolis, lemon grass, etc.). Now, I use dish detergent (I like BioKleen because it is unscented, preservative free and the label actually says it is ok for pet shampoo). I wet the rabbit thoroughly with warm water from a hand-held sprayer, apply the detergent full-strength to the back of the neck, the back and the tail, then add more water and massage the diluted detergent through the rest of the fur. I leave it on for a few minutes then rinse well, followed by a diluted apple-cidar vinegar rinse and then more warm water. I use super-absorbant towels to remove excess water, then the rabbit takes it from there. Oh, I also use a small rubber hair pick to separate out the fur to make it easier for the rabbit to continue removing moisture. The first time I did this, I noticed the next day that the red, hairless areas were white again, and after a few days hair was growing in again. I drop Braggs olive oil in the ears from time to time now, and clean with witch hazel on a cotton swab alternately. I wouldn’t say that my affected rabbits enjoy the process, but they do enjoy the results. I think a little soapy water applied to bad spots (when bathing the whole rabbit isn’t possible) also helps. I’m not too keen on ointments any more. They just don’t seem to penetrate and may interfere with the animal’s ability to clean itself. It is always best to not bathe a rabbit, but if there is a problem, this simple soap, water and vinegar routine seems to be enough. Wish I had known all this when my two elderly guinea pigs came down with mites. I kept putting ointment on them, when all they really needed was a good soapy bath, vinegar rinse and a good ear cleaning from time to time. Someone had given me the bad advice to never bathe them. Hope this post helps someone to help their animal friend(s).

  • Christina C.

    I have heard that you can use acne cream (like Clearasil) to treat mange, only when the first signs of the condition are seen. Once a day, apply the cream to spots that are located around the eyes and nose. The 5% Benzoyl peroxide contained in gel selections of acne medication products may help your pets.

  • Dorothy

    I’m sorry to report that even the detergent and apple cidar vinegar rinse failed after a time. Felt I should repost as I do not want to send anyone down the wrong path. For bathing, just any gentle, non-perfumey shampoo and and diluted non-perfumey conditioner as a rinse is as good as anything else. The dish detergent and apple cidar vinegar is too drying. Am trying the vinegar in drinking water thing now. And I’m going to try fresh lemon grass rubbed onto a stiffish brush and brushed though the fur. There are reports that lemon grass has been used to successfully control mites in bee hives, but I don’t know if that is the same mite as bothers dogs, cats, rabbits, etc.

  • Linda Hollingsworth

    I found that selsun blue shampoo works very well. You apply shampoo to the affected area, rub in good, let dry. This helps with the itch.Next day shampoo your pet.Be sure not to use this where your pet can lick it.This is what I am using along with med. from vet.Does anyone know if we can bread after mange is gone? Everyone says NO.Why?

  • kristin

    i have found that if you bathe you dog daily with johnson baby shampoo will heal it fast!!

  • shieda

    the vet actually told me that johnson baby shampoo should not be used on dogs PERIOD…especially if the dog has mange it doesnt keep the moisture in but dries the skin out instead

  • yara

    i have heard that vinegar is very helpful but i dont know for a fact i am just starting it with my puppy lola i will keep u posted anyway good luck

  • Helena

    My dog had mange and 100% of her body was covered in sores and pustules. I have used ivormec injectable for cattle, pour a teaspoon on the kibble eachday and its reasonably cheap. I also give vitamins C & E and on M, W&F vita A. We also had her on Advantage multi which is about $11 in Canada. We also used 1/2 a tablet of benadryl and or calritan. Also plain yogurt, with 1 cup plain cooked oatmeal. We use grain free dog food called Orijen and it is excellent.

  • Savannah M.

    Hi, This isn’t a treatment (lol) but if someone has the absolute cure to fleas or mange on cats, particularly month old kittens, email me at: [email protected]

  • Kimberley

    My 50-lb lab cross, Chip, has been suffering with skin lesions and ear infections since we got him, about 4 years ago. He is a Hurricane Katrina survivor and we know that he was exposed to some nasty stuff after the storm. Since then, so many trips to the vet and medications…steroid creams, antibiotics…poor guy! We finally switched to a totally raw diet about a month ago, hoping to address his skin issues. He loves the new food (salmon and turkey) but I did not see an appreciable improvement in his skin. Is it possible that my vet missed the possibility of demodectic mange? In desperation, I am trying the peroxide/borax treatment but I’m not sure how often I should do the treatment. Suggestions, anyone? I may try a topical benzoyl peroxide cream too.

  • Cheryl

    We live where veterinarian help is not readily available. Our friends found two puppies, both with mange. We kept one and they kept the other. We tried the Borax/hydrogen peroxide solution and they ordered expensive mange injections shipped to them. Our puppy is now about 9 months old and mange free. Theirs is still covered and her skin has turned black where she has lost hair. Of course, this is only one case so we aren’t condemning the vet’s course of action…but if all else fails, we recommend the Borax/peroxide solution.

  • Nancy

    We tried the Borax/peroxide and no luck.
    Vets too expensive.
    We tried the Schreiners herbal spray also with no luck.
    Our poor dog has only 1/2 his hair, lots of sores, itches and runs
    around like crazy. Can’t sleep. Gave him an allergy pill that makes
    me drowzy and that helps him sleep. Vet says $175.00 for visit and
    meds!!! Has anyone tried Vaseline? and how do you keep them from
    licking off anything anyway?

  • Veronica

    Hi!, My baby kitten (4) have been diagnosis from sarcoptic mange, bu their mother and father haven’t any sign of it!. the vet. has recommended frontline spray applied as lotion on each lesion 3 times a week during 15 days. As I left my doubts, I take them to another vet. but this way he recommended Revolution for babies once a week during 4 weeks. He also has many doubts about the firt diagnosis because since 15 days and as I tell you the mother and father have nothing!……It would be possible that ears mange could cause the itching around the head, ears and neck and the loss of hair?. They had ears mange!, as their mother, this was treated by the last vet. and now they have no itching and the lesions are healing. I have’nt told the vet. this, cause I will see him on monday!…Iam very happy now that they are healing!

  • Candie

    I’m not sure how fast the borax and peroxide solution is supposed to work but I did try it on my puppy yesterday and he isn’t scratching and biting at himself at all today. He has a mild case where only the fur around his eyes and chin are gone. He has some scabs in other places but his fur is still there. We are going to continue to use this solution for a month as long as it continues to work and will repost with the results.

  • Candie

    Oh yea, I forgot to say that we couldn’t find 1% peroxide so we just used 3% and cut the amount back by 30%.

  • brianna

    I went to the vet about my dachshunds bumpy, crusty, hairless nose and they gave me some dog polysporn and told me it was an allergic reaction to some sort of spider or bug. That vet visit cost me 120 bucks and 5 months later her nose is still bumpy and hairless. I’m a very organic, healthy person and would love to try a guaranteed natural remedy rather than waste money on vets that will keep you coming back and not fix the problem. I would recommend “the merry hempsters” (organic dog slave)in helping to soothe your pets skin. The polysporn seemed to help contribute to the hairloss.. the hempsters moisturized and eased the itching.. But it doesnt kill the mites. I guess im just searching for the proper natural remedy.. oils? yogurt? HELP!!!!

  • Nikki

    Nancy, I don’t know about a tip for mange, but I do know how to keep them from licking off medicine. Take an old piece of cardboard (e.g. from a box), and lay it flat out. Draw two circles, one inside the other. I don’t know how big your animal is, but the larger the animal, the larger the first circle. The wider the neck, the larger the inside circle. Make the inside circle large enough to fit around your pet’s neck, but small enough that it won’t fit over his or her ears. This is done easily with a tape measure. Measure your pet’s neck at the thinnest point and then at the thickest point. You want the inside circle to be somewhere between those two points. Cut out both circles and cut, once only, from the outside to the inside circles. Hold your pet down and stick their head in the smaller circle. Secure the cardboard by stapling or taping the cardboard together. If done properly, it should look like your pet has an old lamp shade or cardboard coffee filter around their head. The cardboard is strong enough to make sure that the animal doesn’t scratch the affected area.

  • Kulasekaran

    Mix turmeric powder with cooking oil and apply the mix daily on the affected areas. With in a fortnight you can see your pet’s skin gradually returning to normality. But you should not stop this , at this point. Mange treatment is a long drawn process and you
    should have the patience to continue for a long time, say, atleast for an year.And you should bathe your pet, regularly,atleast
    once a week.

  • Raphael Fusilier Sr.

    My pet is a one year old Pit Bull Terrier. She experienced the mange on her tail. I applied the peroxide/borax treatment today (2/6/10)on her entire body. I will post the results as I see them if any.


  • Dominick

    I had read all the posts from various sites including this one,and I can tell you from experience that some just may work. I tried the peroxide and borax method , only to find it dried my dogs skin out and made it worse . Now maybe youve had good luck with that. If so stick with it. BUT… what I want to share with you is this…..
    Mange is the irritation cause by mites that have followed the dogs hair folicles to its oily base where it feeds on the dogs natural ability to produce body oils .It dries the skin out and causes severe itching and will drive your dog to insanity.

    I have truly found what I believe to be the cheapest most effective cure “BAR NONE” and if I didnt care so much for the animals I would patent it

    These items can be easily found in any Walmart store.
    An oatmeal wash will do for starters to clean your dog and relieve some ofthe itch.

    Towel dry lightly, then … purchase the large tube “Equate” A & D ointment ( or if moneys not an issue , get the real A&D ointment.
    Cut the tube open and get an old empty jar … like for peanut butter or something similar ).
    Empty the contents of the A & D ointment into the jar .
    Next buy a large tube of Desiden ointment with zink (the Equate generic brand works fine!
    cut it open and empty the contents into the jar.
    Next purchase Cocoa Butter and once again empty that into the container.
    Add about one shot (no more) of olive oil . And stir the mixture till all the ingredients are mixed thoroughly.

    With a pair of latex gloves liberally apply the greasy mixture to your pet and massage it into the skin . Dont just wipe it on the coat and settle for that. message it in all over . including the tail and groin.

    Yes… your dog is going to look like crap …

    Change your dogs bedding ,vacuum out her kennel and wash it out .
    spray it with a bleach and water solution and let air dry.

    With a clean disposable throw away bed sheet on her bedding, lock your dog into its kennel for a few hours … ofcourse letting her out to go to the bathroom ,but then back in the kennel.

    Yes your dog will lick some off , but not enough to cause an issue.
    As I mentioned ,and you know, these are mites.
    and were gonna kill em!

    The A & d and Desiden with zinc will clog the pores and sufficate those mites in the greasy coat of your dog … Your dog will sleep a restfull sleep like it hasnt done in a long time because its skin has been moisturized and the mites are dying.

    Next few days watch the difference! After three days do the whole
    process again (you’ll have plenty of left over balm.)

    In one weeks time , youll be astonished that hair is growing back and the color of the skin is looking wonderful!

    Pay particular attention to scabbed areas and massage more into those areas and bust open those scabs and get that balm in there!

    Vets will make a fortune off you and charge rediculous amounts for dips and shots …. its all bullshit!

    This works! I mean… THIS WORKS!!!! BIGTIME !!! and dirt cheap!

    You can thank me later…. now… GO help your pet !!!


    • janet

      Do you leave the dog in the kennel all night with the ointment on? We rescued a 3 month old border collie/berneese mountain dog with a bad case of mange. I appreciate your post so much and is the only one I have read that seems like it would kill those nasty parasites!

  • Terra

    I have a cat no quite an adult yet. Has mange in the face and on the neck. His paws have a reddish look when he spreads them to groom hisself. I have been applying Peroxide to the infected areas and it seems to be working. The hair on the neck is growing back, but the face doesn’t seem to be getting better as fast. Has anyone thought of using some type of Aloe Vera,maybe the Gel? Which is a natural herbal healing medicine for the skin. I am thinking Aloe Vera could work like Cooking Oil and Heal the Skin at the same time.

  • Terra

    An update on my cats condition. Well since my last message, my cats hair has been growing back overnight. Believe it or not someone told me to put some Burnt Oil or as other people call it Used Car Oil on my cat. I applied a small amount of Burnt Oil to the areas where the hair had came out. Within 24hours my cats hair had grew back, not completely yet. But its getting there very quick. Theres a big difference in how bald he was before I applied this Oil. It Really Works. I would say to apply the Burnt Oil every other day, just enough to saturate the affected areas. Being careful when appying on head and not so close around the eyes. On days you Don’t apply the Oil, to help prevent infection gently wipe a small amount of Peroxide to the affected areas.

  • Collin

    Does anyone or has anyone tried appling lice shampoo to the infected areas? Please respond

  • Collin

    Also what i have is Natural Chemistry Reptile Spray it kills mites on reptiles i used it on my snake and it worked if anyone has tried it please respond
    Thank you

  • Terry

    On the farm years ago we used old burnt motor oil on our animals and it worked. it’s just a wee bit messy. 2 to 3 treatments and they were cured. I have a Lab Healer mix that has an infestation now and am getting ready to treat him now.

  • angie

    Just read your home remedy for mange in dogs.I have a 6mth old pit bull with mange on her head and neck thank you guys like you said the vets are over priced and arent willing to offer any free advise to help so im off now to save my dog thanks again will let you know how we go…

  • tresha

    I DO NOT HAVE A TIP!!! Iam a very concerned pet owner with a 8 year old mixed breed who for the last 8 months has been suffering from a severe allergy or mites>>>>?????? After countless vets and over priced vets, iam here hoping for HELP!! I am unable to pay another vet bill and still have no results to what he has!! His skin has turned into looking somewhat like elephant skin, grey and severly dry!! I thought that if 1 pet had mange then so do the rest of them and the others do not(within the same household)… the grey colored skin has an unbelievabe odor.. Time and time again I was asked if he was biten by something and I was never aware of any kind of bite on him and still my Peppy is scratching chewing and completely uncomfortable, If ANY ONE HAS ANY THING TO ATLEAST GIVE ME, A NAME OR DIAGNOSIS OF WHAT THIS MAY BE I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE IT FOR NO VET HAS BEEN ABLE TO PROVIDE THIS ALLERGY OR ANY ANSWER TO HIS IRRATATION OR IRRITATED SKIN! I fell helpless and am not financially able to provide any more money for a over priced veternarian… Thank You Signed, Desperate Pet Owner!!!

  • Corey

    I have a 5 month old english bulldog one day i woke to find a group of scabs on the top of his head i didnt think much of it. the next day it doubled in size and another patch stared a few inches away towards the back of her neck. Now its taken up the whole scruff of her neck. does this sound like mange? I heard about the peroxde/borax tx, and going to start it. if anyone has any ideas please post or email me @ [email protected]

  • tiffany

    ive had bad luck with my lil marley 1st a broken shoulder n now mange,he looks terrible,im trying the aloe vera gel now….

  • Jessica

    I have an overweight 9 year old cat that has developed flesh colored bumps as well as the crusty bumps in clusters on his neck and are spreading to his head. This has happened pratically overnight. I love this animal with every bit of my heart and will pay the cost if necessary but would like to try a home remedy first. Has anyone tried Dominick’s “paste”? I am willing to try the burnt oil too but how safe is it with a cat?? And just to clarify….used motor oil from my car? How much do you apply and are they only applied to the sores?

  • Rory

    Follow these:
    a) Hydrogen Peroxide and Borax:
    b) Brush Out the Fur:
    works great, Thanks Grandma

  • Marcella

    Have a hound mix who has had the Demodex form of mange since we rescued her 3 years ago. She was so bad the vet thought she would die because the cause was a very weak immune system. We had her on antibiotics for the resultant skin infections, and Ivomec for the mites. Over the years she had improved and then had a bad break out and then cleared up, etc. For the past three to six months she has gotten very bad breakouts and lost most of her hair. (We think it was the stress of getting two more rescues in the house.) Anyway, we went back to the vet’s prescriptions and although the mites are almost all gone (per the scrapings we have done every month), her skin is in horrible shape. We heard about the borax and peroxide mix and have begun to use this; leaves her skin very flakey, but with a daily brushing with a soft brush and baths three times a week, she is improving. You might want to try Phisoderm body wash (vet recommended this) to dry out and clean out the sores. Seems to help and she loves the baths. Also, this does a great job on the smell since the dead skin is removed with the brushing and the baths. Anyone who has a dog with this type of chronic mange; stay faithful on the baths and keeping your pet and their sleeping area as clean as possible. Am curious about the A&D and Cocoa butter mix, will try and report back. Thank you all for your feedback and comments.

  • Pet owner- cats n dogs

    Hi. I read the first few entries but I have to disagree with the first post on neem.
    True neem oil. The kind you buy as an essential oil in a health food store does work.

    You may not like the smell but it works. Those products that contain neem may have a small percentage.
    Using the oil itself will yield a better result.

    Apply for three days in a row. Then every other day for 10 days following.
    Less is more. Don’t go slathering your cat or dog in it. The oil will coat well if it’s worked in and if they preen or clean themselves it will not hurt them and bettter still it’s anti antifungal, anti bacterial
    and also anti parasite. Ingested in small quanity it will boost the immune system

  • Marcella

    Have been trying the A&D creme after the baths, and it’s working! Would recommend trying this to soothe and heal the skin. My dog is not scratching and the sores are definitely healing up. No sign yet of hair regrowth, but she is more active and seems happier. Thanks for that tip!

  • shelly

    i picked up a stray not realizing it had mange- demodex and sarcoptic. not having the $ i began bathing her regularly w/ oatmeal shampoo for a couple days, applying promeris once a week, hydrocortisone spray & applying cool wet towels to affected areas to relieve the inflammation. the regular baths helped alot. i have seen a significant improvement, considering! she passed it onto my resident pet, i followed the same routine, except promeris, instead advantage.and since she is tiny, i began wiping down the affected spots w/ peroxide and it stopped spreading- even completely stopped what was starting. it is still an on going process but i have hope. this will do until i can take them to a vet. will keep u posted. p.s. i wash the floors everyday, first w/ detergent then clorox & keep pets completely seperated.

  • Carol

    WARNING!!!! The A& D concoction almost killed my little chihuahua. Almost immediately after applying it he threw up several times.It was a mistake to leave it on him overnight and throughout the next day.
    When I came home from work and he was red around the eyes, ears and nose as well as all the hairless places which were covered in welts. I bathed him and then rinsed him very well, with the final rinse being some Oatmeal “milk” (oatmeal & warm water strained). I then applied some Benadryl lotion and put his collar and cone on him after I washed it thoroughly. Then I did some research and found that dogs are not to have vitamin D in supplements at all! I am thinking that could have cause the severe allergy he experienced. I am hoping he will be OK.

  • fiona

    i have a one year old pitbull. She was diagnosed with demodex mange 6 months ago. We’ve been taking her to the vet once every week for treatment. So in total 24 weeks now. Ive spent over thousands of dollars on professional treatment and no sign of improvement. I question now, are these vets even trying to cure my dog or just making me come back every week to make money? Six months down the track and shes lost half of her furr, its not winter and she freezes! The vet has said this is not contagous to other dogs but alll of these sites are saying it is? Along side with weekly treatment my poor girl has been on antibiotics and medicated shampoo for 6 months now! The shampoo alone costing 60 dollars! Thats the price of 12 human shampoo bottles! Antibiotics costing an extra 40 per week! I’ve tried diets and giving her all her nutrients, she doesnt mind eating it but no sign of improvement. She has stopped scratching in affected areas and rashes have dissapeared, but before you know it the mange has spread to a different part of her body..

    So im taking the advice given on this site and trying different remidies..

    And heres my advice ”DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY ON THE VET!’.

  • xavier

    try burned motor oil, thats right! do a oil change to your car, wait until it cools down, and apply to your dogs entire body, dont wash off. and do it again for 3 or 4 days. i swear you will see results right away. this is the most effective remedie use in my conuntry (ecuador) but if you ask any mexican, hunduran or any spanish guy, what they use in thier country to traeat mange ( in spanish SARNA) they will tell you the same.

  • ashlie

    i have 4 little kittens i dont know how they got mange but they have it and i have been trying so hard to get rid of it …i have a 6 month old daughter and she is showing small bumps i took her in to the hospital and they said that humans are not good host for mange and it will only affect u up to 3 days at a time and die off .. but my kittens are in bad shapr they lost some fur a while back and regular bathing helped but now there ears are torn up and they are starting to loos fur on there heads

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  • Amanda

    well I need a lil advice or help.. I have 3 chihuahiuas all older than a year & a 2 year old Boxer.. my oldest chihuahua(5yrs) was the first to show craz itching & I notice his bald tail. I consider & made him a vet app & when I relizes it gonna be 150 just for one visit & I mostlikly would have to treat all of them multuple times I relizes Im screwed.! I been treating all with Tea tree shampoos & apple viniger & my Male has stop his crazed itching but he sill bald on the tail..My female chihuahuas seem to be fine no hair loss but im still treating them ..but my Boxer has missin hair on her elbows & a small amount of red skin ..Im currently using (Nutri-Vet) Medicated Antibacterial shampoo(that has Teatree oil ..I really will do any home remedies & as often as I can I been bathing my dogs about twice a day..I really dont want my dogs in pain & I dont want to have to surender them because i cant help them.. : ( i dont see them itching often & I bathe every single time they come back inside ..(its been almost 3 wks of doin the shampoos&viniger) when will i no Their in the clear?

  • Nancy

    I just spent $968 to a vet in Hyde Park to find out what was wrong with my 3 dogs. One had mange, cost $500 to find out. Went to the SPCA cost $20 for 2nd opinion. Vet. Dip cost almost $100. SPCA cost. $25.

    Need I say more about Vet costs?

    Anyway, It has been 4 days so far after the dip and on pills and I see no difference in Molley. So I think I will try some of the things you all mention.

    I think tho the thing to do is kill the surface mites, and support the internal workings of our pets thru better feeding. I myself do not care for the commercial foods at all, and only feed what folks used to give dogs for centuries… “table food”. Molley came from the SPCA at 3 months old, wih this mange spot. I had no idea what it was but kept an oil based lotion on it. Really did not work, but made me feel like I was doing something. When another spot started on her side it grew in only a matter of days from “nothing” to the size of an orange… I thought Vet time.

    Don’t take me wrong. I appreciate the skills of a Vet. I just hate having no options. You do in they do what they want and give you a bill. You can not shop for meds, or compare.. it is just not right.


  • Suzie Q

    For those folks with dogs with what appears to be mange: Please have your vet do a blood test to see if your animal has a thyroid problem. We battled mange and skin problems with a big hound/lab mix dog 3+ year old dog that had been dumped. Between the use of Ivemectin and head lice shampoo (follow the directions and apply to a dry animal, rotenone shampoo and clean bedding every day we were able to heal the mange but due to an undetected thyroid condition we would have pop up battles periodically. After finding the transient thyroid condition and getting the dog on meds we no longer had any issues with mange. Thyroid tests don’t always reveal a problem the first time. We tested twice before we caught the problem. Prop up their immune system with a good microencapsulated probiotic, good dog food with no corn or gluten helps for allergic conditions. Add some good oils to their food to promote good hair growth. Good luck! Skip the burnt motor oil. It’s messy and there are toxic chemicals in the ‘burnt’ part. The dog will lick too much off and can get sick. If you have collie mixes be aware that ivermectin can be harmful. Talk to your vet before administering any treatment. If you think they charge too much for a visit call around to other vets and ask prices for counsultation. There are vets out there that really want to help the animals and aren’t out to line their pockets. Work on nurishing the whole dog well and as the mites die off your dog will be able to avoid trouble. Good Luck!

  • bluey

    My 3mth cavalier has what I think is mange. After 4 visits to the vet they still couldn’t tell me why she was iching like mad. Until she ended up with sores and slight hair loss above her eyes. They put it down to food intolences or flea allergic reaction etc.

    I’m going to try some home remedies first. Also I’m going to go to the chemist and purchase the pink polaramine antihistamines (same ones people take, but cut them in halves or quarters), which I used to give to my old dog when she had allergys from the wandering jew.

    Can’t believe the vets here! Seems like they just want me to keep coming back or their just plain dumb. considering driving 4 hours to see the vets who I used to work for!

  • Lucia in Texas

    I don’t have a tip; but our pet “Hermann the Hedgehog” has mites. We live in a small town. I asked at the vet’s if they saw Hedgehogs and the just looked at me. I bathed Hermann with baby shampoo but it didn’t work. (VERY HARD TO GIVE A HEDGEHOG A BATH) He an albino hedgie. So I can see that he is crusty on his body, around his eyes, & in his ears. I didn’t know what to use after the baby shampoo didn’t work; so I got a Q-tip and I put baby oil on it then wiped the inside of his ears and around his face. I also put some baby oil on his body it did work for awhile, but the mites are back. Any one have a hedgehog? I could use some help…poor Hermann

  • shelly

    I’m back w/ good news. Couple months ago i posted my struggle against mangge on the dog i rescued…well…IT’S ALL GONE!

  • shelly

    Yup, the collie’s fur has grown out beautifully- it’s thick, shiny and plush. I continued the regular baths using a hand towel (and gloves) to really scrub her and get rid of dry, scaly skin. I noticed the oatmeal shampoo ran out after she was in the tub one time so I used palmolive (very inexpensive) dish soap…i believe it did some good. I waited a few days for her natual oils to build back up and reapplied the promeris & when she started scratching- I used the hydrocortisone spray ($8 at walmart) and cold wet towels. Even though she had mange, I kept her inside, but i began letting her play outside more often to soak up the vitamin d (free vitamins). This was my 1st own battle w/ this tricky skin condition, but we came out on top. My mom who had rid our dog of mange when I was a kid, she said she didn’t use anything except water and palmolive. I remember her giving that dog baths just about everyday, and before i knew it, the mange was gone. Please try this very simple and cheap plan, i promise it worked 100% for me. The hair grew back, the dry skin healed, and the scratching stopped. U might be saying “I have a full time job and kids, i don’t have time for daily baths”. Well let me say this, (a.) I work 10 hours on average, i have other pets and i didn’t have help (b.) it’s the CHEAPEST PLAN I’ve seen yet. P.s. ur pet will love u 4 it!

  • shelly

    I also had a snake w/ mites & yes they looked like crust around the eyes and on his scales. I “drowned” them by submerging the snake in water for seconds at a time and after a few rounds I was able to wipe them off with a clean q-tip. No chemicals, just water, and the snake didn’t seem to mind!

  • Shan

    Having read all the postings above, my heart goes out to all your poor beloved pets and to those of you who have had to watch their suffering. Thank goodness some remedies have worked and cured your pets. My contribution is, I have two house cats brother and sister Lilly and Lu. Lu is a BIG boy not fat just strong and sturdy and is as big as a medium sized dog. About four weeks ago he climbed through the window of our conservatory into the garden. We don’t know ‘how long’ he was actually out in the garden for but a few days later I noticed that the fur on his front paws had turned a light beige colour and shortly after that the fur fell out and you could see his toes which had turned a deep inflammed looking pink. So, off to the vets we went and they said they had to take a small amount of skin from each paw and grow the culture to see exactly what it was.

    So poor Lu had to have an anaesthetic, two stitches in each paw, drips in each leg and then a horrid lampshade around his neck to stop him from pulling his stitches out. The cost of that little trip cost £250. I called the vet to get the results of the skin test and they told me he has some kind of allergy?????? According to them, it could be fleas (NO), food (NO), dust mites (DEFINITELY NOT), and a few other suggestions that really do NOT apply because before his ‘walk about’ act he was perfectly fine with pure white paws. So let’s be fair about this. It’s not rocket science is it? I mean if he was perfect BEFORE going into the garden and then developed this problem AFTER he’d been in the garden then it’s quite obvious he MUST have caught SOMETHING from THE GARDEN??????????????

    Anyway, the vet gave me a choice of giving him a heavy 3 week dose of antibiotics OR a blood test to determine what the ‘allergy’ is at a cost of a further £200. The reason for this long posting is to tell you all of poor Lu’s plight and to also tell you what I intend to do to try to eliminate what ever it might me using as safe a method as possible. First off, I have just ordered from one of my organic supply company’s an ‘odour free’ fish oil supplement for pets contaning Omega 3,6 and 9 which will benefit all your pets who are suffering from dry, itchy, scaly and sore skin. The company is, http://www.highernature.co.uk. Another company I use is, http://www.nutrecare.co.uk. They have loads of natural remedies for mites and others bugs. I am also going to bathe Lu’s paws with a solution of organic oatmeal and organic skimmed milk to soothe them. His fur is actually growing back but it’s still the browny beige colour instead of the snowy white colour it should be.

    The point I’d like to make is, we have lots of foxes and cats in our garden so obviously they are spreading germs and God knows what else all around which Lu obviously picked up when he got out. That’s probably the case with those of you with sick pets if you suffer from a fox or stray animal problem where you live. Anyway, give Higher Nature a look and also Nutrecare and see if either have something that could help your poor pets.

  • ralph

    i have no tip i would like to know is there anyone out there ever heard of using motor oil to cure mange. and if u have can u tell me if it worked or not. email me at [email protected]. please in dying need of a cure for my babies puppy.

  • lou

    i have tried the borax and it did dry my dogs skin and i tried the one with the lemon juice they really seemed to dry out his skin alot, two days ago i tried the mix from dominick and after day two my very large baby(black lab mix)was snoring on the floor, he is not scratching like he was he has stopped chewing almost completly the redness hass left, and the flackyness is almost gone, this seems to be helping him, but how do i know when the mites are gone, how many treatments should i do, and then if anyone knows anything that can help his fur grow back that would be great, thank,,

    thanks dominick


  • Donna

    this is for Tresha, your dog can have mites the one that doesn’t spread to others!! the vet would need to scrape the area with a blade and look under the microscope. my 7 month old english bulldog puppy has it now and it is a big pain in the butt.

  • Peter C

    About half of you have described symptoms that may not be the mange at all. They are allergies caused by commercial dog food. All commercial dog food is absolute JUNK no matter how expensive it is. The absolute worst are the dog/ cat foods you see advertised on TV- like Beneful. There actually OUGHT TO BE A LAW!!! Your dog will always STINK, have bad breath, and produce 3 times as much stool as necessary. Not to mention dyeing early of all kinds of Cancers. Please Google “raw diet for dogs”. If you have a large dog it may be WAY too expensive, but if you have a small dog, I’m begging you to at least look into it. You can Email me for more details. [email protected] Getting back to the mange, all I can say is that none of us is qualified to make a diagnosis to whether it’s the mange, an allergy or some OTHER type of skin disorder- therefore, ya’ll are shootin’ in the dark and you might even harm your dog in the process. Be careful with any radical treatments. Good luck.

  • Secret L

    PLEASE HELP!! I have a cat thats about nine years old. She had gotten fleas and I’ve treated them but shes still like eating herself she has practically no fur on her legs, belly, tail or any where she can reach. Where the fur is missing on her tail her skin is turning black, her eyes and nose get crusted with a brownish substance and she just looks miserable. Theres no way i can afford the vet. This happend before to her too but i treated her with flea medication and after what seemed like forever ( probably around 4 months) it cleared up and she grew her fur back.. well then she managed to get outside and when i caught her and brought her back in it started all over again and this time its worse. I dont know if its the fleas or mange. I dont know what to do!! please please please if you have any tips or ideas email me asap [email protected]

  • Mary

    Years ago, after numerous trips to the vet, and crying because the vet prescribed a solution that was chemically burning my poor mange infected dog’s skin. A friend of mine brought me a huge jar of used motor oil from a car mechanic. I was desperate and as was suggested to me, I massaged all of it into his skin and thick coat. I was nervous, the dog looked miserable but was not crying and in pain because of the burning prescribed solution and my mother was angry because I had the dog sleep in my room. The skin healed and the hair actually began to grow back within two weeks. Now, it did not grow back the same color, it grew back darker but I didn’t care because the mange was gone and he was healthy again. Spent alot of time cleaning the floors where he would track oil stains, but that didn’t matter either. Good luck.

  • Tracy

    I have been using Johnson’s Ear Drops on my cat for his Mange for 2 days now. Alot of the scabs fell right off, but he did not like it. He has had mange for awhile, but I just had it diagnosed by my vet. She said to look on the web for solutions. I have been treating inside his ears as well. I think you can only buy it in the UK now. I saw it on Ebay. I may try the motor oil tonight, but need to google about burnt motor oil, because my son said it is carcenogenic. Will post my results…..hopefully they will be successful!

  • angel

    Hi i need HELP for my sister’s two shar-pei’s.They are about 2 1/2 years old and they have demodectic mange.I am taking care of them for her for a little while.When my sister had more $ they were doing a little bit better with there mange. But right now my sister can’t afford to buy them there spray’s and cream’s etc.. Or there flea med’s. They have flea’s really bad i tried giving them a bath in flea shampoo and it only works for a little while intill they go outside to use the bathroom. So between the flea’s and the mange these poor Babies are itching themselves to death. I think they are itching mainly because of the flea’s but the itching is making the mange worse. I tried buying a cheap flea med called BIOSPOT it did nothing i just wasted $30. I saw on a home remedie site that head & shoulders shampoo work’s good for killing flea’s and helping mange. I tried it & it helped for a lil bit till i took them outside then they got more flea’s on them. I feel so bad for them. I keep there cone’s on them most of the day and all night because if i don’t they chew till they are bleeding. If anyone has any tips on what i should put on them or bathe them in please write me back at [email protected] I am only going to be taking care of them for a couple more day’s but i would LOVE to find somthing that i could bathe them in or put on them that would help them stop itching so bad. PLEASE WRITE BACK, angel

  • angel in f.l.

    Well i wanted to report back. Last night my Grandmother came to vist and she also had been looking up home remedies on the computer for my sister’s shar-pei’s who are itching like crazy. She said that she found a site that said try baby oil or cooking oil for flea’s and mange. I guess it’s suppost to smother the flea’s and mites. Also it’s suppost to help heal the dry skin from the mange. So she put some baby oil on one of them last night NOT ALOT just a little on a paper towel. It seem’s to work pretty well he slept all night without itching. I haven’t checked to see if he still has flea’s on him. But im guessing the baby oil might have killed them. If he continues not to itch then ill try it on the other dog. I hope this help someone. If anyone has any suggestion for anything else PLEASE WRITE ME. THANKS,ANGEL

  • angel in f.l.

    Well i wanted to report back. Last night my Grandmother came to vist and she also had been looking up home remedies on the computer for my sister’s shar-pei’s who are itching like crazy. She said that she found a site that said try baby oil or cooking oil for flea’s and mange. I guess it’s suppost to smother the flea’s and mites. Also it’s suppost to help heal the dry skin from the mange. So she put some baby oil on one of them last night NOT ALOT just a little on a paper towel. It seem’s to work pretty well he slept all night without itching. I haven’t checked to see if he still has flea’s on him. But im guessing the baby oil might have killed them. If he continues not to itch then ill try it on the other dog. I hope this help someone. If anyone has any suggestion for anything else PLEASE WRITE ME at [email protected]. THANKS,ANGEL

  • Ron

    Ive read all the blog postings and my dog, has mange and scratching,etc, . . what i did is made an elixor of olive oil 2-3 ounces, and 5-7 cloves of crushed garlic and cooked (infused the garlic with the olive oil)… after the mix, i split it in 2 cups equally. one cup i mixed with 10 drops of tea tree oil, and the other (just plain garlic and olive oil) I use one tablespoon and add it to his meal morning and night. I also changed his diet, to a super quality with no filler (corn). the first cup with the tea tree oil elixor, I use with a brush, and brush on the elixir right on the soar spots, after bathing him every second day with 15 drops of tea tree oil and shampoo him well. his itching stopped immediately, and seems to be happier, also doesn’t fuss eating the special mixture of meal. Its not a harsh treatment, but it is working. everyday im increasing the teatree value in the bath, to see if it’s helping his itch, because after about 5-6 hours hes starts to itch a little again, but not as harsh as before… Im also going to incoperate the neem oil, I’ve used it on myself once and it’s strong, Im sure it will help as a combo with the tea tree oil. (i also have heard that Germaine oil and Lavender oil is good to add.

  • Angellica

    I have a question … My 9 week old kitten has mange around her ears and I have heard that burnt motor oil will work. I am afraid to try this because I also heard burnt motor oil could cause kidney and liver problems in kittens. Does anyone know if this is true / or has anyone used burnt motor oil on a young kitten with good results?

  • Sharon

    A friend told me they used toothpaste on their steers….so that is what I did and she isn’t scratching ….will see if it works

  • Deonna

    I rescued a puppy 8/2010, he was diagnosed with sarcoptic mange. The vet gave him injections which cured the sarcoptic but did a scraping and now my puppy has demedex mange. The oral ivermectin was making him throw up so I have been giving it to him every other day. I don’t think it works anyway. I have done lots of research, tried the H202 borax, medicated vet prescribed shampoo but it did not work. I applied clearsil face wash to the affected areas yesterday evening and today the bumps are much better. I think the main focus is to smother them. I am going to bath him this evening and apply again. I was informed by my vet that my puppy has a low immune system and that is why the mange is so bad. I have a question…will this get better with time if I give my puppy vitamins daily? Or will he always have a low immune system? I am going to continue with clearasil but if it comes back I’m gonna try the A&D ointment mixture.

  • Native2

    What Really Works The fastest for Red mange

  • Valerie

    I don’t have a tip, i’m looking for an answer. I have an 8 year old border collie mix has been sick for the past 5 years. She was diagnosed with elephant skin. A type of yeast infection in dogs. She has been so bad sick. She is an outside dog, and stays in our garage for the most part. The vet has had her on differant antibotics and shampoos, but nothing is working. I’ve spent a lot of money on her. I came close to having her put down. I don’t want to, but she is in so much pain. Mostly in her back legs. Can any one help?

  • Sally Jessy

    After reading the comments here, I’ve tried the first thing I had at home, Clearasil astringent, for sensitive skin.

    My 5 y.o. black lab has instantly settled down, she is not itching. I was very generous with how much I used, (1/2 of a 235 mL bottle) rubbing it thru her fur into her skin. She is presently feeling relieve.

    I’ll monitor her comfort, and consider the “A & D”.

  • Jackie

    I used blue kote spray on my pit bull. It healed the sores he had from the licking and scratching he constantly did. He is slowing growing some hair back.
    Now will try the acv treatment and will hopefully have a happy pit again.
    (blue kote spray can be found at any feed store, we use to use it on horses for various things)

  • Jayme

    Hi, my cat has been over-grooming himself for years now. I’ve been to the vet many times and he always does the same thing.. A steriod shot and predisone pills. The remedy seems to help for about 3 months then we have to start all over again. I’ve read and been told by many vets that long term use of steriods will weaken his heart. I’m lost now. I tried hydrocortisone and vinegar to help w/ the licking but he just seems to groom himself more. Every vet I have called has told me we should try the same treatmeant as my vet has used in the past. If you have any ideas please email me at [email protected]. my cat is completely miserable and it makes me so heartbroken that i can’t do anything to make him comfortable.

  • I’m So Worried

    I just applied vegetable oil all over my dog. I am so worried about her, she is so freaking miserable. Just looking at her makes me cry. I am thinking of biting the bullet and trying the burnt motor oil. That is the one thing that I hear over and over works. But I am so worried that she will eat it and die or get really sick. I need to apply it all over her, what do I do? Will a cone help enough?

  • Ravija

    I have cats and dogs with mange and flease. Here is our regime:

    Shampoo with lemon verbana soap (which kills fleas on contact). Don’t forget the belly. We use a wash cloth and our animals seem to tolerate their baths with more patience. Make sure to rinse them well. Do not leave the soap on the skin as it dries the poor beasties out and causes more discomfort.

    Put three drops each of tea tree and lavender essential oils in a sink of warm water and soak them to the skin with it. The tea tree oil fights off infection and the pests hate it. The lavender is numbing and promotes skin regeneration.

    Mix three drops each of tea tree and lavender essential oils into one teaspoon of cooking oil and massage into the infected areas.

    Wash all of your pets bedding in VERY hot water. I actually am boiling the blankets on the stove top and then adding bleach and letting it soak. THEN I run it through the washer to rinse out the bleach and make sure they are VERY clean.

    Give your pet fish oil supplements. I take a capsul and prick the end just enough to let a little oil seep out and my pets gobble them up. This helps keep the skin moist and heal.

  • melissa

    believe it or not motor oil.

  • Susan

    You can buy pyrethrin dip at most pet stores. A 4 oz bottle costs about 15 dollars. You mix 2 oz in 1 gallon of water, sponge it on them and leave it on. Then repeat the process in 7 days. It will get rid of fleas too. Motor oil is carcinogenic. It might work, but it causes cancer. If you don’t believe that, just read the label on a new bottle of motor oil. For itching, buy the hydrocortisone spray. Bathe your pet in oatmeal baths twice a week after you have successfully treated your pet for mange. This will help with itching that remains after the mange is gone, plus it will soften and soothe your pets skin. Forget natural remedies, forget expensive vet bills for injections. You can also apply baby oil to skin of pets after the treatment is finished to soften skin and slough off dead skin cells.

  • Dominic

    my dog haves mange and shes only a puppey does any body have a garenteided cure


    i have used the local neem oil which has a mix of camphor and asafoetida (hing) with some level of success. The reddening of the skin has reduced completely and recovery is in the process. i have used the treatment twice in a week for 1 month and it’s showing results. I reside in Mumbai, India and have been tryig the same on stray dogs here.


  • PG

    Just read all these tips – Thanks to all.
    We will try something, probably the Neem oil / tea tree…

    Avoid prolonged or repeated skin contact with used motor oil. Used motor oil has been shown to cause skin cancer in laboratory animals.

  • Brandi

    I’ve read all the listed remedies and thought, I’m gonna try hemp-castile oil. The type I chose has peppermint to relieve the itch, and because of the numerous oils in it works well to prevent drying of the skin. The smaller bottle goes a long way and only costs approximately 5 bucks at Kroger [natural foods section]. Just washed my dog sweetie with a couple or three drops of the castile soap on a damp wash cloth, then gently blowed her dry. I did not rinse, and this soap doesn’t have a lot of lather. She is a daschund mix and small- so doesn’t take too much time to do this daily. She enjoyed the rub down that went along with the treatment… She is no longer chewing on the bald spots and appears quite content. It has been several hours since the treatment and there are no visible side effects thus far. No sneezing, vomitting, or hacking. Her coat is not excessively oily, but feels soft.

    All of this occurred after the vet visit, where they weren’t sure if it was an allergy or mange. She had been taking medication to relieve itch only. I too cannot afford to accumulate vet bills. lol

    During the winter, houses accumulate excessive dust, spiders, and cobwebs. [Not to mention the hair from us and the three cats] In addition to my dog’s treatments; I am dusting, vaccuming, and cleaning more frequently. I take a broom or long handled duster, put a rag around it, secure it with a rubber band, put some of the peppermint oil just lightly on the rag, dust, then discard the used rag. This I find to be fast and effective in keeping the spiders away, and I enjoy the light scent in the house!

    I hope this helps anyone who needs it for less money, and with less time! Live well…

  • Patticake

    Attention! Attention everyone! Guess what!?!

    The “Burnt Oil” (used motor oil) really, really, works!! I used it on my poor little mange infested kitten with a cotton ball to the balding areas and in 2 days the hair was almost completely there again! Apply the oil about every 3 or 4 days for 3 weeks or more – until the areas are healed. (bathe with Dawn liquid soap before applying a fresh application and keep the animal warm, especially if it is very small). Don’t forget to keep the bedding clean and air- fresh!

  • Evelyn

    We had great success in healing mange – although after 1 year it is back!

    We treated our sharpei with a mix of borax and peroxide (just supermarket stuff), let it dry without rinsing. Added 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar to morning meal (every day) and 1-2 tablespoons natural yoghurt to evening meal (every 2nd to 3rd day), as well as a few teaspoons garlic granules. Applied apple cider vinegar undiluted to any scabs every day. Every second day I infused lemon in boiling water, waited till it cooled and put all over the dog. Left to dry. If the dog has any sore patches, use aloe vera from the plant or honey – doesn’t matter if they lick that either.

  • Evelyn

    We had great success in healing mange – although after 1 year it is back!

    We treated our sharpei with a mix of borax and peroxide (just supermarket stuff), let it dry without rinsing. Added 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar to morning meal (every day) and 1-2 tablespoons natural yoghurt to evening meal (every 2nd to 3rd day), as well as a few teaspoons garlic granules. Applied apple cider vinegar undiluted to any scabs every day. Every second day I infused lemon in boiling water, waited till it cooled and put all over the dog. Left to dry. If the dog has any sore patches, use aloe vera from the plant or honey – doesn’t matter if they lick that either.

    We did the borax/peroxide mix two weeks in a row, took about 2-3 weeks and the hair was no longer falling out!

  • jan

    a product called Promeris claims to control mange and costs about the same as normal frontline… I’m about to try it on my cat

  • jan

    tried promeris, no visible progress so far and he’s still scratching… but not quite as much

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  • Christy

    Ok… I have read most all of the tips above and see some things that have worked and some that have not. I just rescued a Chihuahua that was dumped at a dog park and is covered in the Demodex mange. She is approximately 1 yr old and is only 4 lbs. I took her to the vet and he gave me a dip (Mitaban)-every 2 wks (prescribed down to her size) and Baytril (22.7MG)- 1 a day. I have had her for about 3 days now and she is itching to death… any suggestion for the itch while on the dip and antibeodic?



  • jason toms

    just rescued a blue bulldog/cane corso, he is in rough shape with the mange. Have to keep him away from our other pets. Just started the A and D,desiden,cocoabutter,olive oil mixture. I hope this works!!!!!

  • Janet

    I’ve been trying to help a fox with mange — and starting to have good success. Some of the same treatments, which don’t cost much, will probably work for dogs as well. A couple of good resources are the UK National Fox Welfare Society (http://www.nfws.org.uk/). One thing I read is that Ivermectin will kill a dog that has any Collie in it. The UK site has information on using homeopathic meds that you can get for $12. I bought mine at Whole Foods. It’s definitely worth a try if you can’t afford the vet bills. Vitamins A & D and other nutrients are important, too. If you need to use Ivermectin, you can get it from a farm supply store, but you’ll need better info about dosage for dogs (I think the directions on the label are for cows)… and again,from what I’ve read you can’t give it to a dog with any Collie in it. I’d definitely try something rather than letting your dog die a horrible death…. and it really is a horrible death.

  • Kelsey


    How do you get the Destin/A&d/COCOA butter/olive oil mix OUT of the dog’s fur? It seems nearly impossible 🙁

  • junior

    for mange you could use apple syder vinager

  • I Wall

    Don’t have a tip need help ! i have a 5 month old pit with i think red mange its around his eye and little spots on his legs
    I have tried funigal cream for ringworm ( pet kind) and today i have tried the Goodwiln shampoo and ointment as well as giving him fish with his food and brewers yeast vitamins i may try the a&d ointment desidan concoction if i dont see results in a couple of day
    Just need this to go away !

  • Kelsey

    Our poor Newfie mix rescue pup has demodex mange. We tried Dominik’s home remedy of Destin/A&D/Cocoa butter/olive oil salve. Spread it all over the pup and massaged it in really well. It took the entire application because the Newf has longer fur and is a bigger dog in general. We did this just before bedtime and put him in his kennel for the night. We attempted to wash the mixture from our hands with little luck, and ended up just wiping it off on a towel.


    3-4hrs later he was banging on his kennel, we assumed he needed to be let out to go to the bathroom.
    My partner let him out and..
    We immediately put him in the bath and tried to wash the stuff off.
    He was still completely covered in the white zinc cream.

    We started googling for tips on how to remove Desitin cream from hair. The suggestions were:

    We put him back in the bath and tried both. SOME of the mixture came off. It took 2hrs in the bath.
    ***LUCKILY, THE SWELLING IN HIS FACE WENT DOWN*** or we would have made a rush for the vet.

    THE MIXTURE WAS STILL ALL OVER HIM. You could literally milk the cream from his fur between two fingers.

    I looked up some of the ingredients in the mixture:

  • Kelsey


    Our poor Newfie mix rescue pup has demodex mange. We tried Dominik’s home remedy of Destin/A&D/Cocoa butter/olive oil salve. *******IF YOU ARE TRYING TO DECIDE WHETHER TO USE THIS REMEDY, PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE ARTICLE FIRST!!!!!! ************
    Spread it all over the pup and massaged it in really well. It took the entire application because the Newf has longer fur and is a bigger dog in general. We did this just before bedtime and put him in his kennel for the night. We attempted to wash the mixture from our hands with little luck, and ended up just wiping it off on a towel.


    3-4hrs later he was banging on his kennel, we assumed he needed to be let out to go to the bathroom.
    My partner let him out and..
    We immediately put him in the bath and tried to wash the stuff off.
    He was still completely covered in the white zinc cream.

    We started googling for tips on how to remove Desitin cream from hair. The suggestions were:

    We put him back in the bath and tried both. SOME of the mixture came off. It took 2hrs in the bath.
    ***LUCKILY, THE SWELLING IN HIS FACE WENT DOWN*** or we would have made a rush for the vet.

    THE MIXTURE WAS STILL ALL OVER HIM. You could literally milk the cream from his fur between two fingers.

    ALSO, ****HE LOST A LOT OF FUR****

    I looked up some of the main ingredients in the mixture:

    *BUTYLATED HYDROXANISOL, BHA: is a preservative and stabilizer; It is a waxy solid used as a food additive. The primary use for BHA is as an antioxidant and preservative in food, food packaging, animal feed, cosmetics, rubber, and petroleum products. ***STUDIES SHOW THAT BHA HAS A HIGH CONCERN FOR TOXICITY*** including CARCINOGENS/CANCER, DEVELOPMENTAL/REPRODUCTIVE TOXICITY, ***ALLERGIES*** (allergic contact dermatitis), IMMUNOTOXICITY, ORGAN TOXICITY.
    The bloody stuff DOESN’T dissolve in water. Dissolves in alcohol, propylene glycol (a mild emollient ether found at feed stores or pharmacies-used as a food additive for), chloroform (toxic), and other ethers.

    This was in Desitin. WHY ON EARTH DO WE PUT THIS ON BABIES?

    *COD LIVER OIL: An oil from codfish, contains the essential fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), Omega 3, and naturally occuring vitamin A & D. These nutritious fats provide the framework for growing a healthy skin and coat, flexible joints, strong heart, sharp eyesight and youthful energy in dogs. The toxicity factor is low to none, but not much research has been done in the area. A possible side effect of too many fish oils is it may make the blood thinner and it will take longer to clot.

    Suggested dosages for your pets:

    * Cats – 1/4 teaspoon daily
    * Dogs
    o 0 – 20 lbs – 1/4 teaspoon
    o 20 – 55 lbs – 1/2 teaspoon
    o over 55 lbs – 1 teaspoon

    I don’t know if putting ALL that oil on his skin would do much damage. It’s doubtful. Sounds like this can just wash out with a good shampooing.

    *LANOLIN: a refined derivative of the fat-like sebaceous secretion of sheep. A product of the oil glands of sheep, extracted from their wool. Used as an emollient in many skin care products and cosmetics and in medicines. Research shows a MODERATE HAZARD warning for ALLERGIES and IMMUNOTOXICITY. Lanolin is a common allergen that can result in contact dermatitis (blistering rash that may itch, sting or burn). It DOES NOT dissolve in (but is mixable with) water, forming stable oil-water emulsions. Lanolin dissolves in organic solvents such diethyl ether (highly toxic, chloroform and chloroform/methanol (toxic, toxic).
    Anecdotal remedies for removing lanolin include placing cornstarch on dry fur (to draw out oils), and using regular Dawn dish detergent to shampoo.

    AGAIN, why in baby products???

    *METHYLPARABIN: Methylparaben, one of the parabens, is an anti-fungal preservative agent often used in a variety of cosmetics and personal care products. It is also used as a food preservative. Has a researched MODERATE toxicity hazard with concerns of carcinogens, skin irritations & allergies, endocrine disruption, organ system toxicity, and biochemical or cellular changes. The research is under debate, and it should be noted, that it’s mostly conducted on animals. Easily soluble in diethyl ether (toxic), acetone (think nail polish remover). Very slightly soluble in cold water, hot water. 1 gram dissolves in about 40 ml of warm oil. 1 gram dissolves in about 70 ml of warm glycerol (food-safe). Slightly soluble in carbon tetrachloride. Soluble in benzene (TOXIC), oils and fats.
    Solubility in water: 0.25% (wt/wt) @20 deg. C or 0.30% (wt/wt) @ 25 deg. C

    *MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX: is rated as a low hazard material, though some studies have shown that it may be linked to non-reproductive organ-system toxicity. It hashigh cohesion and ADHESION properties, does not dissolve in water OR alcohol, dissolves in chloroform (toxic), ether (like propylene glycol), benzene (highly toxic), carbon disulfide (extremely flammable, toxic if ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through skin), volatile oils (like essential oils), and many fixed oils (vegetable/animal fat oils).

    *PARAFFIN: Petroleum by-product that coats the skin like plastic. Waxy, used as a thickener in cosmetics. Mild toxicity with researched concerns of carcinogens, organ toxicity, and irritation to the skin, eyes, or lungs. Again, it does NOT dissolve in water. All solvents (too my knowledge) are highly toxic.
    I have no idea how to get this out of my dog’s fur….

    *PETROLATUM: a.k.a. petroleum jelly, with a wide variety of uses that we are all familiar with. Research classifies it as a low concern for toxicity with contamination concerns and organ system toxicity concerns. It will NOT dissolve in water and is water-repelling. Scarcely soluble in alcohol, or in cold absolute alcohol, but soluble in 64 parts of boiling absolute alcohol, and readily soluble in ether, chloroform (toxic), bisulphide of carbon, oil of turpentine, benzin, benzene (toxic), and in fixed or volatile oils.
    Anecdotal remedies for removing petroleum jelly from hair are to apply cornstarch (to draw away jelly) and shampoo with a clarifying shampoo, or add 1 tsp of baking soda to regular shampoo.

    *ZINC OXIDE: Zinc oxide is an inorganic compound. It usually appears as a white powder. The powder is widely used as an additive into numerous materials and products including plastics, ceramics, glass, cement, rubber (e.g., car tires), lubricants, paints, ointments, adhesives, sealants, pigments, foods (source of Zn nutrient), batteries, ferrites, fire retardants, first aid tapes, etc. ZnO is present in the Earth’s crust as the mineral zincite; however, most ZnO used commercially is produced synthetically. The toxicity of Zinc oxide ranges from low to moderate, depending on its use. See http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/ingredient/707070/ZINC_OXIDE/
    It is persistent or bioaccumulative in wildlife, so is an environmental concern.
    Nearly insoluble in water. Dissolved in dilute acids.
    Vinegar is known to help dissolve, as well as Dawn (anecdotal).

    Putting this stuff on your dog is a HORRIBLE idea. I would RECOMMEND AGAINST IT STRONGLY!!!!!!

    Not only can it cause a possible ALLERGIC REACTION among OTHER PROBLEMS, it is an AWFUL AWFUL MESS TO GET OUT OF THEIR COAT!!!

    Today we purchased propylene glycol in a 4L jug from a live stalk feed store. We used this to bathe the dog, and it removed SOMETHING, but HE IS STILL A LITTLE GREASE MONKEY!!! GRRRR


    Our game plan for tonight:
    -dust dry puppy with cornstarch & leave sit.
    -blot out with paper towels
    -possibly repeat process
    -use vinegar to rinse away remaining white patches of zinc
    -shampoo using Dawn dish soap mixed with baking soda
    -possibly repeat
    -get massages for our sore backs!!

    The sad thing is that our poor little puppy’s skin will be EVEN MORE DRIED OUT after washing this crap off of him :(. Maybe we’ll give him a nice oatmeal conditioning, poor guy.


    Dominik, I appreciate your good will towards animals, and your attempt to find a remedy for your dog’s mange, but grrrr, seriously. The claimed effectiveness is surely outweighed by it’s impractical, potentially dangerous/toxic, and incredibly messy nature.

  • Kelsey

    Oh God, Oh God people! Do NOT use the Desitin or A&D ointment! Listen to Carol the chihuahua lady, and myself. It is potentially VERY dangerous for your pet. ALLERGIC REACTIONS.

    I don’t agree that it is the vitamin D in the A&D cream. That vitamin D is found naturally occurring in the cod liver oil that is in the A & D cream. People regularly supplement dogs with cod liver oil.

    Cod liver oil is probably one of the least-harmful ingredients in these products. BUT THE OTHER INGREDIENTS ARE RANGE FROM MILDLY TOXIC TO VERY TOXIC!

  • Kelsey

    Also, our puppy smells like fish. Thanks cod liver oil. Thanks a lot.

  • Kelsey

    Update: After dusting the pup w/ cornstarch, and washing it off with a warm bath and Dawn dish detergent, some of the waxiness still remained all over his body. It seems like the parts that were fully immersed in the water (legs, tail, part of bum) have almost completely washed out. So maybe soaking in the solution helps?

    Second bath the next day with a HUGE bottle of vinegar and Dawn dishsoap, and WARM water. Vinegar seemed to help A LOT in dissipating the wax on his coat. Dish soap also helped. He is now mostly wax-free, except for a few patches (hindquarters, and ears). One more bath should do it. He no longer stinks like fish :D. We have decided to give him a rest without baths for a while now though because his poor skin is SO dry now. The whole process caused him to loose a LOT of hair all over his body. Let me reiterate, DO NOT PUT THE CREAMS ON YOUR DOG!

  • The Fischer’s

    home Remedy for Dog Mange.
    I tried Apple cider for her odor, but returns and just covers up the problem. Then tired the (16oz)hydrogen peroxide,(32oz)Water, 8tbs of Borax Powder mixed together and when dry the borax fell off her onto chairs ect. So I went to the http://www.nu-stock.com and found a dealer near me (Laurel Shavin) the cost was 12.50 for a (12oz) tube which I gladly paid as she explained it is guaranteed to work. She uses it on her alpaca. It treats red mange, demodectic mange, sarcoptic mange, ear mites, ringworm and list goes on. After three treatments I was amazed at how well it worked and continue to recomend it to others.
    It is yellow, thick, and pasty. 73%sulfur,25%mineral oil, 2%pine oil. I apply with gloves as it is hard to get oils off hands. If large area I suggest using an old T-shirt to cover or doggie T-shirt. Non-toxic although it could make the dog vomit if they lick it and my dog only wanted to lick it once…LOL

  • Jo

    Kelsey, Thank you for your posts. I’m glad I went through all of the other postings to then find yours. My dog has demodex (sp?) mange and I am now inclined to call it ‘demonic’ mange. I have not found any magical elixr, and it doesn’t seem like anyone else has either. It is hard to start off with the most benign routine first because we want our beloved animals to be well and ‘Right Now’! Unfortunately we do learn from horror stories like yours and I can only sympathize with you, truly! I use the vinegar, borax, peroxide course and have seen my dog go from a deranged ‘scratcher’ to just more relaxed. Oatmeal baths are soothing as well. When a bad flare-up happens, we do use a much diluted antihistamine to give him some relief. Our family does try different regimens and we have seen success; the scales subside and then return sometimes after weeks and weeks of no symptoms. It’s a matter of what works for you. The vet bills were too dear a price and now on a fixed income we just can’t afford the ‘fast track’ remedies. We have three dogs and only one has mange. We have switched to now another food and will see if that helps as well. Our dog, Eddie, is an eleven year old Jack Russell with mange for three years. He surely is not as lively as he once was, but he can hardly resist a fly ball or tug with an old sock. We’ll keep trying because he does too.

  • Joy

    I have a cat who is about two years old now and I am not for sure what she has & I can’t afford a vet bill. About three or four months back we discovered we had bed bugs. My dog, and my cat who sleep with us were itching like crazy including myself. Did not know what it was at first then I found the buggers. Well our Landlady had the GoForth Pest control people come out and spray. It worked! No more bed bugs! Yuck! Anyway, since then my cat has been itching like crazy and it has caused sores all down her back, and a few spots around her neck. She has lost a lot of hair down her back too. I am unsure of what to use on a cat since their system is different then dogs. Please write back or e-mail me if you have any suggestions of what to do!

  • Ken

    My puppy has demodectic mange which is now a generalized infection. My friend is a vet and he’s told me a few things.

    1) All dogs are different (breeds and immune systems)as are mites so many of the home remedies are hit and miss at times.

    2) The type of treatment depends on the type of infection. Sarcoptic or Demodectic? And is it localized or generalized?

    3) For localized infections are best with applied creams, ointments, or sprays i.e. Vetericyn, Goodwinol Oil, or aloe extract.

    4) Generalized infections are best with dips. i.e. Ivermectin (highly recommended), lime dip, and borax.

    I hope that all helps.

  • Dennis

    Thank you for referencing my web site http://mangecure.info/Mange/mansym_MangeSymptoms.html

    I have had excellent results curing mange in adult cats using oral Ivermectin. (I would prefer to take the cat to a vet for injection, but I do a lot of work with ferals and that isn’t always an option.) I mix up a diluted solution of horse paste in glycerin and put a carefully measured amount in the cat’s food. Visible improvement in one week after a single dose. A follow-up dose a week later is necessary.

    Complete instructions and source for materials here:

  • smitty

    My mother and dad have always used ‘used motor oil’ and I remember them using salted meat grease-bacon grease is good…I also have a problem now w/mange.A stray cat brought it 2 my yard. I’m using used oil from my oil change.Yes.it works! My dad even used it on me a long time ago, when I burned myself w/hot water.Later in my life, I used it when I burnt my leg on the hot tailpipes of my bike. I had no used oil at that time,- so I raised my hood on my car and pulled out the dipstick a few times and wiped the oil on my burn…didn’t even leave a scar!My cats have now gave me manage and once again out comes the used oil…it have never hurt me or my animals.

    And u only have 2 do it a few times..when the hair starts 2 comes back-stop.Be sure 2 put the oil back into the hair 2 far enough 2 stop it ALL.U HAVE 2 stray ur yard 2 get rid of where ur animal got it.I’m changing my sheets using a towel only once, clothes once, and using 1/2 cup borax in my laundry w/white vinager in the softern cup and my usual soap.Inside ur house needs sprayed 2.I’ve heard it can be sprayed w/prolate-haven’t done it yet.Borox can be used 2 kill weeds & grass,etc.

    Be very careful around trees and plants,U don’t want 2 die. Hydrogen proxide is good 4 ur teeth – 2 whiten and if u can’t afford a dentist,it helps w/hurting teeth,just get some straight outta the bottle and hold it as long as u can,spit out and brush ur teeth-do it everyday,so ur teeth won’t hurt,try not 2 swallow any.I’ve done this since the early 80’s and a dentist told me 2 do it 4 whitening teeth and I use it in my ears 2 soften wax and if my ears stop up when riding my bike – or they need 2 pop. Anyway, now i have 2 catch up the stray cat and pour used oil on him and throw away anything he may have touched-or wash it w/borax!! Best wishes 2 all and don’t worry bout ur cat or dog licking the used oil – they won’t do it but once~* not something they want in their mouth..

  • Aunt Sareen

    Please do not put motor oil or any kind of petroleum based product on your animals. These are proven carcinogens and might appear harmless in the short term, but will cause cancer and other problems later.

    To smother parasites, I would prefer Olive Oil. I have also heard of a non-toxic substance called “diatomaceous earth”. I have heard that this is safe internally and will kill parasites of many kinds. It also is used in non-toxic killing of things like garden bugs and termites!

    Look it up!

  • Aunt Sareen

    IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT THE ‘DIATOMACEOUS EARTH’ – Please be careful to use only the food grade kind and not the general pesticides that only contain diatomaceous earth. You want just the pure food grade DIATOMACEOUS EARTH.

  • Shelby

    Any body ever heard about using permeflin for the mites on did does it work

  • Lisette

    We have two puppies that we rescued they have mange and had mange badly when they first came! We have two healthy grown dogs without mange and have been worried about them catching the mange from the puppies!
    The puppies are definitely getting over the mange with the help of firstly the hydrogen/borax wash then with mixing half cider vinegar to half olive oil. We are putting this on the puppies every three days! It does not hurt them but it is really effective. We are also feeding them with bananas, dried dog food, tinned dog food and mackerel in water. Any left overs we might have. We live in the Commonwealth of Dominica and our dogs adore mashed bananas and fruit, we think this is good for them. All the dogs coats are shining and they are all looking healthy and yes the mange is going. I think it is the mixture of a good diet as well as the coats being treated. I hope this is helpful and will post again when hopefully the puppies are mange free!

  • Jerry

    The most efective way is using burnt oil with in a week the will b fine

  • emma

    dawn gets rid of flees and mange

  • Another Concerned Pet Owner

    Hello All~

    A BIG THANK YOU to all of you who have taken the time to provide this information. I can not tell you how relieved I am to know that A)There IS help for my furbabies…that doesn’t cost an arm & a leg- and B)That I am not alone in this dilema.

    My Story:

    I have 2 rescue cats & a litter of 2 month old kittens. My yard has been constantly plagued by the local stray cats. I noticed about 4 months ago, that EVERY stray in the neighborhood had a case of mange with infections verying from mild to so bad I couldn’t bear to look at them. 🙁 I knew I had better inform myself FAST….as it was only a matter of time before my own cats got it.

    Sure enough…last week one of my cats showed the signs. My neighbor’s dog has picked it up too. I decided that I must not attempt to place the kittens in new homes untill this problem has cleared- as that could place them; and other animals in danger if not treated asap.

    I am off to try EVERYTHING – (except for the ZINC & A&D Ointment! LOL)

    I will report back with any results I find to help those who come next.

    Thanks 🙂

    PS- Has anyone else noticed that there seem to be an awful lot of mange cases going around in the last 2 years? I have had animals my entire life, and only encountered this in strays….and now it seems that so many house pets are being plagued as well. (Just noticing all of the comments from the past year.) And that it seems to be worse in the Spring & Summer.

  • Dimples

    This may sound crazy, but my Mother use to cover our dog in old motor oil, stickly old aged motor oil, for about two to three weeks and it got rid of the mange. I tried it since I am grown, I poured it in my hand and worked it down to the skin, make sure not to get it in their eyes and it works! I forgot about that old remedy and paid a vet 65 dollars and another vet the same price to give my dog shots, cream among other things still my dog lost its hair. So I remebered what my Mother did and used old motor oil on my dog. He looks great! And doing fine! I could have saved some money had I remebered sooner. Best wishes.

  • Dimples

    Corredtion: Strickly old age motor oil.

  • Bev

    No tip. My 6month old rescue first had Parvo(vet cured) then contracted MANGE. I have tried a Mange dip. But everyday she is losing more and more and having blood spots. What can i use that doesn’t require a vet. To cure her of parvo was 350. still owed to vet. Only fur she has is on her back. everything else is scabbed or bloody.

  • thomas

    Thanks for all the good info, folks. It really helps to know we’re not alone. Our five year old indoor cat has hair loss in a stripe up her back to her shoulders; it starts where her tail begins. She has her flea med regularly, and is combed daily with no sign of fleas.
    Does the location of her hair loss tell anyone something specific–as about cause and/or best treatment? Thanks everyone, and good luck. Thomas

  • Kimber Frasco

    I have a confirmation of a tip and it is amazing and non-toxic as well as easy to apply and not that expensive. I purchased a five pound bag at a local health food store for $26.00 total. I got a rescue kitty and if I had known he had mange I would have dusted him with Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth before I brought him in the house. It’s also known as Fossil Shell Flour and it will easily handle Fleas, Ticks, Bed Bugs, Lice and Parasites (not flea eggs, only adult fleas). It doesn’t matter what kind of parasite is causing the mange. The tiny hard and sharp diatoms scrach off the insect or parasite’s waxy coating, causing them to dehydrate. It doesn’t matter if kitty or puppy licks some of it, because it is totally non-toxic and also is beneficial against internal parasites as well. You can also use it to treat your carpets and all bedding. Be careful though, if you have a Hepa filter on your vacuum cleaner because it may damage it (DE is a very fine powder). Also, since the powder is fine, you may want to wear a mask and also be careful not to get it in the kitty or puppies eyes, since it is drying.

    Kitty was biting his paws but I couldn’t see anything on him, having checked for fleas and never having had an animal with mange before- I didn’t recognize it. When I woke up with bites all over my abdomen, and itching like crazy, I knew something was definately wrong. Kitty was then scratching at his arms until the skin looked like chicken skin, with the hair gone in a large patch on either arm. He was extremely averse to the borax/peroxide bath, which I used on my adult cat to keep him protected (you can also mix borax with salt and sprinkle on your carpets to kill mites in the carpets). I washed all the bedding in borax and bleach,as well). When I got the DE, I took a brush and went over his entire body with the powder (except for his face). He was immediately relieved. Since I didn’t want the DE near his eyes, I didn’t do his head. The scratching ceased almost immediately, and as I brushed him daily (soaking the brush in borax solution overnight), I can see dead little flecks coming off of him, all over his body, even in the crevices of his toepads. It’s very very tiny, and when it comes out, his fur almost looks moth eaten, in places.

    Since I didn’t treat his head with DE, he then started to get black dots, like pepper, around his eyes and whiskers, even very very close to his eyes. I put virgin coconut oil (you can get this at Whole foods for $10.00) on a cottonball and swabbed his face, even around his closed eyes. The coconut oil is safe, antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial, and will suffocate the mites.

    It’s working, but that also means his fur is peeling off, but at least it is peeling off around his eyes and the black dots around his eyes are gone, and he is not scratching at it. I also rub the bald patches on his arms with coconut oil mixed with tumeric (Spice that gives Curry it’s yellow color—natural antibiotic), and a little castor oil (natural skin emollient). His hair is growing back and looks like peach fuzz, in only one day, and the DE has stopped any subsequent hair loss, and killed the mites on his body entirely within 72 hours. I still brush and dust him lightly just to be sure. The coconut swabbing has been a lengthier process, (3-4) days, but at least it is safe and he is absorbing the beneficial properties through his skin.

    Thank you all for posting all of the great contibutions!

  • Kimber Frasco

    One last important distinction-do not use pool grade diatomaceous Earth (which is toxic), only “Food Grade”.

  • Sandy

    My grandfather used the burned motor oil. Cured it every time. As far as being a carcinogenic, I don’t know. But his little terrier lived to be very old without cancer. When our horses would get scrapes or cuts we used bacon grease and the hair grew back.

    On a different note, I just thought of this because I used it on my daughter so it could possibly help with mange. It hasn’t been tried on mange but on head lice.
    My daughter when in elementary school rode the school bus. She had very long, thick hair to her waist. I noticed her scratching her head one day and sure enough, head lice! I took her to the Dr. and of course we did the lice shampoo and I picked for hours. I was determined not to cut her hair. Long story short, she repeatly would get the lice (little girl on her bus had them and kept reinfecting her)I used so much of the shampoo on her I became afraid of the toxicity of it. So I removed her from the bus and drove her myself. Someone’s grandmother told me in the old days they used Miracle Whip. I smeared it all over the head, covered it with a plastic shower cap, and left it on while she watched a movie. I then shampooed her head (several times I might add)to get the greasy mixture out. Repeated again in 14 days. And guess what? No more lice. EVER!! I was thinking it could possibly help with mange because it basically smothers the bug and conditions at the same time. It sure couldn’t hurt. Just a thought….

  • lynn dirden

    mite-a-cide availible at any vet. cheap and works for all mites which is what mange is. dont even have to take pet just go in and tell them mite-a-cide.

  • SandyJ

    We have a 5 month old lab mix puppy that my husband found and brought home while on a trip to Arkansas. She’s been scratching since he brought her home, and at first we thought it might be fleas but didn’t actually see any on her. Even after giving her a flea bath, we didn’t see any at all. Her scratching has just gotten worse, to the point of her crying loudly when she scratches and I’m noticing each day more little patches of lost hair and raw spots. After trying several things, I decided to try the borax/peroxide bath, which I just gave to her. I also just put tumeric paste on the open raw spots. I’ll have to see how it works for her and report back here on it.

  • Laurie

    My dog has mange…Local feed store recommended Vetericyn: Local wound and infection gel or spray. With super soapy baths and this spray my dog is looking 1000 percent better within 2 weeks. Was $30 but well worth it, also it works on many things not just mange and is safe on humans as well. They have a website for more information http://www.vetericyn.com/technology/.Just thought I would post, it seems to be helping..
    Good Luck

  • Laurie

    Here is a story link that I found about Mange from the Vetericyn site: Just for more info….http://www.vetericyn.com/downloads/cstudies/Vetericyn_Case_Studies_Dog.pdf

  • hayley cassidy

    my rabbit has mange i m only 16 and if i cant git rid of the mange i will have to get rid of the rabbit … dos any won know a
    (cheep & easy) way i can git rid of the mange PLEAS I LOVE MY BONNY

  • John

    My dog is currently nursing. Will these treatments harm the puppies in any way?

  • Barry Hargrave

    Most of all above is rubbish!!The vet should be first with the proper diagnosis then forget all the expensive treatments.For dogs,not Collie breeds, IVERMECTIN liquid in food weekly.Used motor oil in moderation!!Even if it is carcinogenic,all the medications your vet prescribed are POISON and a short oil treatment won’t hurt anything. You want to go for broke for years while the vets and drug companies get rich and watch your pet suffer as well,stick with the approved methods!! Oil fixes the most severe cases quickly!!

  • Dorothy

    After trying everything, and basically experimenting on my rabbits in the name of “natural, wholistic care,” I finally purchased Revolution from the Vet. It works for a time, but I have to repeat it. I worry that over time, it won’t be good for my rabbits. But living with mites isn’t good for them either. I wonder if some of these skin bugs aren’t just a bit immune to the drugs. Of course, rabbits are very different than dogs and cats. Their digestive systems are so much more complex. I had hoped that neem, diatamaceous earth, and so forth would work. I do brush them and even go over them lightly with the Dyson vacuum hose being very careful not to get too close. I just don’t think anyone has come up with a cure. I would like to remove the carpeting in my home and will be able to do so soon. But no one really seems to know why the animal gets infested and how to permanently, safely and economically get rid of it.

    So for now, I use Revolution and just continue to drive a 1988 car so I can afford to keep buying that stuff. I’m sorry for sharing what turned out to be nonsense like bathing rabbits because you do NOT want to do that. First of all, it does not work, and secondly it is like a form of torture for the animal. We can send a man to the moon, but we are all at a loss to end mites in our pets. You would think there would be a way to electronically send them packing. I do believe in the power of prayer, but there is just too much fear when you see your animal in such discomfort. Guinea pigs are easier because they can and should be gently bathed. I honestly wonder about all the advice to disinfect the areas and all that.

    I cleaned and cleaned and cleaned, and my bunnies were re-infested. And their areas and my home were way clean to begin with! And, my animals were very healthy — so I’m not convinced it was a case of being immune compromised unless just the general breeding of these animals has caused a loss in natural immunity. Again, no one really knows. They give out government grants to tell us for the umpteenth time that being fat causes health problems and smoking cigarettes is very bad for you. How about some government money to gently and safely rid our pets of mites (without any cruel animal testing, of course)?

    • SunshineNThunder

      I just want to share…. that if by chance you have a bunch of pine needles around in your yard then get rid of then best you can….. and if you will put down a bunch of cedar bark, or cedar mulch, or Cedar shavings etc… the cedar smell actually kills mites because mites cannot stand the smell it’s like poison to them. They also have Cedar spray that you can buy online and maybe in some stores. Hope this helps in case this may be a concern around your area.

  • concerned pet owner

    lastnight me and my wife tried the A & D,Desiden,Cocoa Butter,and olive oil mix on our 5 month old sharpei we left in on for about 3 hours then washed it off and apparently he ingested some of the mix and has throwen up three times this morning and the spots and hair lose have gotten alot worse he is also red and inflammed i would not reccomend this treatment even on your enemys !!!

  • Muna

    My five year old dog has bad mange all over his body. i looked up the net and read something about baby oil. yesternight before we went to bed i applied almost the whole bottle of baby oil (Since my dog is big). In the morning today when i woke up to check on him. his skin had soaked up the oil and most of the flacky dundruff had fallen off. he was happy and not itching and was wagging his tail. I am planning to give him a bath in heads and shoulders shampoo and put the baby oil again. i really hope it works, coz the vet is not doing me justice with bills, and whatever injection they give it is not working. I will see how it works and will post back on my dogs progress.

  • Jackie

    I am currently treating my golden retriever/rottweiler mix for mange. I found a post that said to slather the dog with mayonnaise. Leave it on for an hour. Wipe it offf with paper towels. You will remove a great amount of the mites along with the mayo. Rinse the dog with applecider vinegar. Leave on for ten minutes. Bathe the dog. I used a pet shampoo called Solid Gold. The mayo will cause the mites to come out from the skin. I let the dog dry a bit. I followed up with the peroxide and borax treatment (1 cup hydrogen peroxide 3%, 2 cups filtered water and between 2-3 tablespoons of 20 mule team borax disolved. Stop adding borax when it stops disolving.). Apply the solution to the dog with a sponge until it’s drenched. I think i used 2-3 batches. Let it air dry.

    I have been putting organic coconut oil on the dry spots. I have done two mayo treatments and 3 borax treatments. We are twelve days since we determined he had mange. Itching is minimal now compared to round the clock itching, especially bad at night, along with bloody elbows from scratching. Will see the vet tomorrow for follow up. Never did apply the vets recommended solution of Revolution. Concerned about reinfection from the environment. My dog is a million times better!

  • Jackie

    I am currently treating my golden retriever/rottweiler mix for mange. I found a post from a woman that often rescues dogs that said to slather the dog with mayonnaise. Leave it on for an hour. Wipe it off with paper towels. You will remove a great amount of the mites along with the mayo. Rinse the dog with apple cider vinegar. Leave on for ten minutes. Bathe the dog. I used a pet shampoo called Solid Gold. The mayo will cause the mites to come out from the skin. I let the dog dry a bit. I followed up with the peroxide and borax treatment (1 cup hydrogen peroxide 3%, 2 cups filtered water and between 2-3 tablespoons of 20 mule team borax dissolved. Stop adding borax when it stops dissolving.).

    Apply the solution to the dog with a sponge until it’s drenched. I think i used 2-3 batches. Let it air dry. I have been putting organic coconut oil on the dry spots. I have done two mayo treatments and 4 borax treatments. We are fifteen days since we determined he had mange. Itching is minimal now compared to round the clock itching, especially bad at night, along with bloody elbows from scratching. Never did apply the vets recommended solution of Revolution. Concerned about reinfection from the environment. Continuing the 1/week peroxide and borax rinse for one month. Mites only live off the pet for 21 days. My dog is a million times better!

  • laurakraft

    I have a German Shepard. After researching through many sites, I still have not determined whether my dog has Mange or Allergies. He began to scratch uncontrollably and losing hair. He has a horrible smell and it seems to be seething the odor from under his armpits. I don’t know if it was due to the wheat in his dog food (IAMS)or flea drops (Frontline and Pet Armor)or just Mange. I knew the Vet would be very costly and may not solve the problem. So… I researched through many sites and I thank all of you for your input. After listening to all input, I came up with an antidote that is working. It has been one week. First, I changed his food to (Taste of the Wild),no corn or wheat. $38.99 for a 30lb bag. I purchased (Omega 3 oil) $12.99 and put in his food once daily. I bathed him using (Vets+Best) oatmeal medicated shampoo $11.99. It seemed to soothe him. I purchased (Vetericyn) wound and infection treatment $35.99 also used on Horses. It is healing the irratated skin.

    All of these items, I purchased from a Feed Store. I also have Aloe Vera plants. I pulled the stems (whole)from the plant,added 1 Tablespoon of Olive oil, added a little water and put in my blender-juicer. I used it as a cream on his irritated spots and it is helping with the healing. My dog actually likes the flavor so I let him drink it. Should also help with healing on the inside. I recently found out that Benadryl also helps with reducing the need to itch. I started him on Benadryl two days ago, 1 three times a day. It is remarkable how much better he is feeling. I wish I would have started the Benadryl a week ago. I also make sure that his bedding is clean due to the seething and dry skin granuals left behind. He has his ears up again and seems to be feeling better. I have three other dogs and they are fine. Thanks everybody for you input… you all help me bring my Best Friend peace.

  • Amanda

    Tonka now ten months has left his mange behind…

    I got my pup as a pound rescue at 4 months, he was dumped in a sack with 2 of his litter mates and was the only one to survive. Before he came to me he was living with a young man who had not a clue what to feed a puppy and signs to look out for health wise. He returned the pup to the pound as I decided things weren’t working out and the puppy wasn’t as cute as when he got him.

    I got the call to foster him, and one look I fell in love, already having one amstaff this we guy was a site for sore eyes but I knew there was something special about him. Within a week of being with me I’d slowly weened him on to a good puppy food (Orijen) (he was being fed adult wet food) I noticed his stools weren’t right. he is a white terrior with brown and black spots, and although they are prone to pink tinges around the eyes, mouth and nose area this little guy on closer inspection was losing his hair and starting to scratch non stop.

    A visit to the vet and they confirmed he had demodectic mange and they started him on a 3 week course of ivomectin injections. He had 3 in 3 weeks and although he skin area seemed to loom better he was still itching and after another 3 weeks of close watching he still had diarrhea and his neck where the mange had started was now red and raw and I also noticed patches on the back if his neck and behind his elbows again all red and raw from scratching.
    So back to the vets but this time I had a different vet on duty. One look and she said to me it looks like I’ve got a combo of skin and food allergies with him! So it was trial time, she gave me hills science vet prescription ID food to settle the gut and started him on a treatment if dectomax, a new generation mange treatment she used with repeated success at the SPCA. She also gave him a shot of b12 to help his immune system, and said it was likely being dumped he wasn’t weaned from his mum.
    So after 3 days on the ID he was doing hard poop for the first time, and the next visit for his dectomax my heart sunk and she said we need to put him back on his normal food to rule out it wasn’t parasites or a case of giardia causing the diarrhea. So off we went with normal food again and as I gradually introduced the normal food his poop started to soften back to mousse! So week 3 for the dectomax and we both agreed he gad a food allergy and he couldn’t go on ID as it is a gastro only food so he gad to switch to hills science ZD low allergen. I had always researched good foods and many times hills was ruled out as a suitable brand. Well I’ll eat my words now and after 8 dectomax injections (over 8 weeks) 4 injections of B12 (over 4weeks) and full time ZD dry food mixed with some ZD wet food I have the happiest, healthiest 10 month old puppy who’s growing every day and full of life. I tried many natural alternatives, and just couldn’t get the right one for my pup to recover.

    I wish you all luck with which ever treatment works for you and yr furry friend – use been told he could stool rebound but once he’s a year the chances will drop, but he will always be sensitive to certain types of food – so it’s a process of elimination. I will also say on that note if yr dog has food allergies like mine avoid extruded plastic toys that are pink! The red dye caused a horrific case of hives in my boy within 3 hours of ceasing chewing the treat ball toy he blew up like thousands of bees had stung him and then they turned into golf ball size welts! The only reason I knew it was the toy is it was the only thing he had before he was crated for bed and the 2am howling woke me to his plight! 6 hours of cold compress til I could get to the vets and he had to have a dose of steroids and antihistamines he was fine – so keep some snthistamine tablets at home!

    Good luck 🙂

  • laurakraft

    Well it has been another month. My above solution isn’t working anymore. I have heard from a Vet that my dog may have a yeast infection. I looked online for home- remedies and will let all of you know if it works for my boy

  • Dee

    I have an indoor cat that has what appears to be ‘hot spots’ at the base of her tail. She also has these crusty bumps, mostly along her spine & a few on her head. She’s 5 & we just got her about 8 months ago. I bathed her in Nutricap shampoo last night & added 2 cups of steeped rosemary tea. She’s scratching much less than she was. I’m also giving her vitamin D drops. 2 drops per day on her treats. I’m hoping this will help!! Will keep you posted!!

  • jenith


    • Mleatherdale

      Take your dog to a vet ASAP  XX

  • Kelly

    Just looked up Vetericyn as Laurie suggested it looks like the way to go to treat mange. We just adopted a stray that looks terrible with huge raw spots all over her body. If by chance it’s not mange the Vetericyn will still work but it also kills mange. Going to order some pronto. Thanks Laurie it really sounds like a practical pet supply to have around!

  • Kelly

    Oops sorry just read Vetericyn doesnt kill the mange itself just treats the wounds. Sorry for the misinformation!

  • Lintee

    I have an 11 year old Great Pyrenees that came down a ferocious red rash and notable black skin. Upon discovering I made up a concoction of 8 tablespoons of Mule Team Borax, 2 cups of 3% peroxide, and 4 cups of warm water. With a sponge I wiped him down in all the areas leaving it on him to drip dry. This is an old remedy and all I had on hand. Started out with 2 Benadryl and 1 capsule 500 mg of amoxicillin immediately.

    Today two more Benadryl in the am and pm and one 500 mg amoxicillin in am and pm. I purchased Tea Tree soothing spray by Gold Medal for itching and periodically sprayed him throughout the day. I’ve read Tea Tree Oil is a very good natural antibiotic and healing agent. Tonight I cleaned the affected area with the Tea Tree spray and applied liberally Pierces All Purpose Nu Stock ointment. I purchased the Tea Tree Oil Spray and Nu Stock at Aslin Finch which is a farm supply store. I have been giving him 50 mg Benadryl to assist with the itching, vitamin E Derm capsule to assist with the getting natural oils to the skin from the inside out and 500 mg amoxicillin twice a day to assist in healing and infection. Tonight he’s a new dog. He’s not healed but I would say he’s 50% better. He’s stopped itching uncontrollably, the redness has receded and the pustules aren’t weeping that yellow liquid and crusting. So I believe we are gaining on this and wanted to share the course of treatment I choose that seems to be working so maybe someone might benefit from our experience. The Nu Stock was $16.95 for a 12 oz tube and the Tea Tree was spray was $7.99. 20 Mule Team Borax at Walmart is around $3.00 in the laundry detergent aisle (can’t count it as I use it for laundry) and Peroxide is around $2.00. So for less than $25 this just might do the trick. The Benadryl was on hand in the medicine cabinet and the amoxicillin is from another dog that passed away but I have enough for about 7 days which is the recommended dosage to rid any type of infection so it won’t return. Please note dosage of Benedryl and amoxicillin will depend on size and weight of your animal.

    One last thing, I laundered the dog bedding in 20 Mule Team Borax and have been spraying a light mist of Lysol around carpets as well as periodically mopping the floors with a purex soap water mixture.

  • Aurelia

    I tried this method to help with the healing of the skin: 6-7 leaves of aloe, peeled and blended then mixed with water in an empty gallon bottle. Use rubber gloves and slowly pour it onto their skin, rubbing it in good in the process. After leaving it on overnight, my dogs looked better by morning, but their skin is already halfway covered in mange so I’ve read through this page and will take some of the methods into consideration. I went to the vet for their advice and they didn’t want to sell me any shampoo because they said it doesn’t work…just to bring them in to get dipped.

  • deeders

    I heard that you can use burnt motor oil for mange.. I have a friend who highly recommends it.

  • Rhonda

    I have a 7 month old bull mastiff x ridgeback who has a generalised case of demodex. It’s really bad and she is on antibiotics twice daily as well as oral medication. She has hardly any hair, only on her back, everywhere else is bare and red and covered with blood spots, scabs and pusjules, she looks really awful. Constant scratching just seems to flare it up even more.
    We have previously tried the injections, that didn’t work, so hopefullly this current treatment does.

    This afternoon I washed her with an antibacterial shampoo and once dried, massaged in some olive oil, hoping that this might suffocate the mites. Also gave her a phenergan tablet that seemed to ease the itching and calmed her down.

    Will post again as soon as I see any change in her.
    Who knows, something simple could just work.
    Worth a try I say.

  • nancy

    hi i dont have a tip , i have a question, our four/five month old mixed bread (mostly terrier very wirey hair) has lost his hair around one eye, he is not itchy, it dosent bother him, i thought it was from the bigger dogs playing with him rough, someone told me it is ring worm or mange hellllllllp i cannot afford a vet bill of approx 300 for them to tell me to let it go its course because he is a puppy. ill add that my other two are not affected at all or itchy . i have read and read online but this is the best site most informative and comforting i have found. anyone???

  • Gerry

    I have a mutt she had lots of hair now for weeks she chewed it up scratching and biting herself for weeks i tried everything on her nothing help i use apple cider vinegar wash her with dawn dish detergerent . any suggestions Help.

  • Almostlive

    If your dog has mange caused by mites, baby oil will work.  Not only will it smother the mites and kill them, it softens and starts repairing the skin. Baby oil can be left on for 24 hours to 48 hours without ill effects.  
    The reason mayonnaise, cooking oil, or motor oil works in the first place is the oil smothers the mites that are living under the skin.  Baby oil is a much gentler way and smells way better! 
    It is nontoxic (safe to use on babies) and if your dog so chooses to lick it will only help him have a super smooth bowel movement.
     Aloe Vera also will help the skin heal. 

     Baby oil will only work on a mange ONLY if caused by mites/scabies/red-bugs etc.  Kill the critter, stop the itch!  

  • leila

    I dont know whether this is the correct procedure – but my 14 month old boxer has a huge lump under his ear until half his neck. The vet it is a gland, but I dont think it is because he has had it for over 10 days and does not seem to go down. The Vet gave him an antibiotic shot and some tables to let the swelling go down (one per day), and asked me to put a warm water bottle on the swelling – several times per day. I wonder if it the correct procedure or should I go to another Vet and how long if it is the correct procedure will the lump last. My dog will get another shot today plus another shop (dont know what it will be). I hope he gets better quickly because we are so attached to him.

  • Danielle

    I had a cat that had bumps and hair being lost on the top base of tail and back. I remember getting a tip for my dog who had a gash and was told to wash it with Dial soap and rinse and pat dry I did this for my cat. I also would put some Palmer’s Coco butter formula with vitamin E Skin Therapy Oil on after patting dry. I tried this on my cat twice a day till I saw results. Continued for a few more days. It helped. It did start up again ,but not for a long time. i just did it all over again, With results.Good Luck!!!

  • katie

    For minor cases mix powdered oatmeal(can be bought at the dollar store or wallmart on the bath row) with cooking oil. The oil kills the mites and the oatmeal heals the skin. Leave the paste on the skin and wash your pet the next day. I also recamend rubbing the sores with proxide before appliying.

  • claire

    The acne cream for demodectic mange definitely works. I had a 6 month old pup, took to the vet who prescribed shampoo and dip. Dip made her really sick and after the second week had made no difference in the mite count so looked for alternatives. Put the cream only on the affected areas every day and after two weeks noticed hair regrowth. I used benzac, cream must contain benzyl peroxide.

  • Linda

    After buying expensive Ivomec for @ 3 years for my dog with mange, I tried the borax and peroxide water mix, worked for a few times. What I really found that helped is a dog food sold at Tractor Supply called 4 Health! It has NO preservatives, and is reasonably priced. Now, after 4 years, she is growing hair!! The key is to build up their immune system, I couldn’t afford to feed her raw meat all the time, and when I saw this dog food, I gave it a try. She loves it, and her hair is coming back! 🙂 I also keep her bedding clean and clean floors often! Hope this helps others, as my dog suffered for years and now she’s actually playing! 🙂

  • Leticia

    My PitBull had mange and apparently allergies to certain grasses.
    Here is something you can try.

    Give your dog a bath with oatmeal shampoo and then spray some SKIN SO SOFT oil by Avon and massage in (Works wonders for us, with mosquitos).
    . My Pits mange and itching has gone away. Not sure how bad it is for them when they lick it but try to keep them from licking. Also helps with the dry skin they get under leg. Will need to do this once a week for 2 to 3 weeks but it works. Hair is growing back beautifully.

    As for fleas, try adding garlic to their food. It really works!

  • Spidermom

    I have a 1 year-old intact male, Odhinn, who was allowed to breed with a friend’s cat (she wanted his eyes in her bloodline). So after the deed was done we brought him home and while we were in the process of getting the money together for his ‘huevo whacking’ he got out and proceeded to provide his services to the neighborhood lady cats. By the time we caught him he had been in quite a few mating fights and was covered in scratches, open bite wounds, blood and mud and quite satisfied with his bad self. He went into quarantine while we waited for him to heal. I gave him an oatmeal shampoo bath to wash his battle wounds and cleaned him up in general, during the bath I noticed he had some bare patches but I put that down to rabbit punches from his opponents.

    After 10 days in isolation when I was sure he hadn’t caught something serious I took him to the pound for his procedure and they wouldn’t take him. They said he had mange (I never saw a vet while I was there), he would put the other animals at risk and not to bring him back without documentation from a vet that he had been seen and treated, like I have that kind of money. If I did, why would I need the HSPCA? Anyway, a few hours on the interwebs and I chose to give him another thorough bath with a cat flea shampoo, towel dried him then poured vinegar all over him, completely doused him, let that sit for 5 minutes (he was not a happy camper) and then rinse with warm water.

    Again towel dried him thoroughly and finally covered him in extra virgin olive oil, hold the cucumbers. And I mean covered him, I worked it into every fold of him, his ears, his privates, everywhere and that I left on him. Now all during this time he is living in my bedroom where I can keep an eye on him, he didn’t lose anymore fur, I never saw him scratch himself during this whole time and none of the other cats & dogs have shown any signs of mange. I kept a small bowl of olive oil on my nightstand and every time he was in reach I renewed his coat of oil. This went on until his fur completely grew back, all his scabs were gone, his bites are drained and healed and there is no sign of his adventures but the scars. He is a black cat with a web of white scar tissue on his shoulders, face and belly. I am now saving for a neutering at a clinic nearby, screw the pound. I’m still not even 100% sure he had mange of whatever type but the putting up with a greasy, horny, angry, scabby is still cheaper than a vet visit plus the cost of medication. Good Luck!

  • Spidermom

    One more thing, the vet at the clinic we are saving for said not to put any type of petroleum product on a cat. Their metabolisms are different from a dog’s and their liver and kidneys can’t handle it. Also used motor oil contains metal powder from the engine itself plus the byproducts of the heating process. This can kill them, some larger cats can barely tolerate it but smaller ones can’t take that level of saturation. Olive oil provides the same smothering effect, is easy on the digestive system (helps with hairballs from licking) and is good for his skin and keeping his scabs pliant. It is also easier to wash out of bedclothes and off of furniture. The next time he comes home with ‘cat crabs’ from his hussies this is the method I will try again.

  • Ron Martin

    Two of my dogs which were street dogs here in Thailand have mange. I have spent a fortune on Vets bills who say what they have is hereditary. I am going to try the motor oil trick but would like to know the bleach/water ratio to spray their living quarters. Any answers please?

  • Brenda

    My kitty has sores around his eyes with the hair thinning, going to try the peroxide and borax, but just wanted to know do I just apply the peroxide to the sores or give him a bath in it or do I mix the peroxide and borax together, need help please, I can not afford a vet and I live where there are no feed stores to buy over the counter medicines for him. Vet where I live cost 3 times as much as a vet in the states.

  • desertflower

    oil kills mites
    olive oil hemp oil bby oil peppermint oil lavendar oil
    some are more potent like the hemp oil

    the acv cuts the oil and balances the ph of the skin
    also good to heal some minor wounds or irritants

    and zinc ointment or powder to dry up and heal any bloody wounds

    this remedies many skin ailments
    the oil must be massaged into the skin and hair
    then the hair needs major brushing or combing through
    not toxic and worth a try

  • Cat


    My GSD pup is 6 months old and recently broke her back leg thigh bone. I couldn’t afford the private vet, so I was given a letter to take her to the shelter and they would help her. Which they have done, but now she has contracted MANGE from them, and its soul destroying.
    My pup was given a shot for the mites and the doc said it would kill the mites. So I went home and cleaned everything she had come in contact with in disinfectant.
    Now… my problem is the mites that are supposedly “dead/dying” on her what do I do about that? I cant dip her in anything because her leg is wrapped up, but can I give her a sponge bath? And what should I use?
    I have vaccuumed her bed every half hour, but that wont be enough. I cant use harsh products on her because she has sensitive skin.
    Please help!

  • ewem

    My Himalyan got scabs, bumps and hair fallout which spread to the other cats. Neighbor said to use motor oil, but I feared they would lick it. I studied mange. if on skin, the bugs have to breathe so can be smothered,

    I have used Country Devine emu oil in capsules from lbemuoil.com for years for my diverticulitis. My cats love it asa treat. The oil in bottles is too thin. The oil in capsules is thick and gooey and stays fresher. Snip the capsule on the end with scissors and squirt onto sores out to edges to smother. I did it several times a day for a couple weeks. The cats were greasy, but the mange went away. Took two weeks to start going down, another week or so to start fading out. Keep it up until gone. Beats shampooing 3 cats
    Emu oil is as healthy as fish oil and anti unflammatory. It flattens mosquito bites, and flea bites and reduce itching too

  • Denise

    I want to thank everyone for their tips. My cat has just the beginning signs of crust on his neck both front and back. I am going to search the cabinets and and concoct my proposed solutions. I think I will take regular oatmeal and run it through the blender to powder it and put it in Palmolive free and clean dish detergent (a surgeon suggest the Palmolive to an amputee for use on skin).

    After a nice bath I shall get out the
    neosporin and band aids For Me, not the Cat.

    I am going to use Apple Cider Vinegar 2:1 with H2O and leave it in, no rinsing. These two steps should get rid of the dandruff flakes and other dirt and relieve and balance the skin. In a day or so when the cat actually begins talking to me again I will saturate him in olive oil, including the insides of his ears. I have a huge crate for him, so I think he will need to stay in there a bit until the oil is absorbed by the clean fresh bedding or licked off.

    If he heals and stops scratching and the “dandruff” does not return, I will just repeat the vinegar soaks for maintenance two or three times a week until all cycles of the mange are taken of. If not, I will proceed to adding back the olive oil and also go with borax and peroxide.

    Thanks again for all of the good tips provided here. I will definitely post again with my results.

  • Denise

    A quick tip on vacuuming. I would think that the mites could crawl back out of the vacuum, so paying special attention to what you do with the vacuum cleaner after each vacuuming seems important. I am thinking that either emptying it right away into a small plastic bag and spraying insect killer in it and taking it outside, or at least place the entire vacuum cleaner into a large 55 gallon bag and tying it tight, maybe spraying insect killer in it as well as a holding step until you can empty it.
    Also, I intend to thoroughly clean his combs and brushes.

  • Denise

    Also see earlier post if you want to.

    Last night I performed the first of my plans of attack on my kitty’s early stage mange. The results were unbelievable (to me).

    Just days ago Kitty was already thoroughly brush hard and had a ton of hair removed from him. I did that at his request as I was brushing him and he kept jamming his face really hard on the brush and I laughed and thought he was silly for wanting a hard brushing. That was before I noticed the mange under his chin and on the back of his neck. It was perchance that I also then thoroughly vacuumed and shampooed the carpeting in my bedroom and the upstairs hall so I felt that would suffice for now as far as getting up any wayward mites. Before beginning his treatment tonight I stripped my bed down and put on new bedding. I closed off the other bedrooms where kitty also likes to lie. I turn off the air conditioner. I set up everything in the small bathroom to give kitty his first bath ever … and he is 7 years old. (Several clean towels, clean kitty brush, kitty’s favorite treats and the items I will use for treatment along with a patient, kind, firm attitude.) Set up clean padding/linens on floor for kitty to sit and recover.

    Here are the steps I took.

    Stay cool and don’t let on that something is going to happen.

    Give kitty’s nail a quick little trim! lol (This paid off.)

    Drink several beers and put a few in the bathroom, it might be a long night. I needed my beer muscles for this event.

    Wet kitty down with tepid/warm water.

    Massage into him a mixture of Palmolive Free and Clear dish soap, lots of powdered oatmeal (I put regular oatmeal in the blender) and water to make it a manageable consistency (pretty thick). I just used my bare hands and massaged it in everywhere except his face paying special attention to crusty areas.

    Rinse out soapy oatmeal mixture.

    Thoroughly saturate kitty with 2:1 parts apple cider vinegar/water.

    Do not rinse.

    Let kitty eat favorite treats and wrap in towel and then swaddle in big flannel sheet.

    Swaddle kitty and say nice things until kitty starts to purr. Let loose and take him to recovery spot on floor and brush him. I immediately noticed that there were only a handful of white flakes (mites that I thought were dandruff) coming to the surface instead of dozens and dozens of them.

    Next day — (today)

    Kitty had no crusty spots at all.

    Kitty was not scratching.

    Kitty’s hair was softer and fluffier than ever.

    Kitty’s skin no longer made my nails dirty when I was petting him. His skin did not feel like I was scratching in the sand.

    However, later the next night (tonight) I felt a little bump of crust coming back. I grabbed a cotton ball full of ACV and showed it to him. He did not object so I rubbed on the new crusty spot. I put a small saucer of ACV down for him and will be curious to see if he drinks it.

    I know that this is just a beginning baby step with mange. My kitty looks and feels so much better. I will continue to post how we progress.

  • D. Davis

    I have a 3 month Rotweiller puppy and she had a little mange on her left upper leg. I read some helpful things on the inter net so I combined two different suggestions together and the results worked almost instantaneously. I washed her leg with a sponge with Listerine Mouth Wash and then applied some Tea Tree Oil on the infected area. She did not even move, so apparently it did not burn or irritate her. The very next day I saw real results. So I did a second application and now after three days her hair is almost completely back. I will make this a twice a week regimen to give her a bath with Tea Tree Shampoo and then put a small amount of Tea Tree Oil on her body. I am going to incoroprate giving her a piece of garlic twice weekly wrapped in a piece of lunch meat, which will help her a lot to repel fleas and help her immune system. I appreciate all the advice I read, but I ultimately had to make a decision that I felt was good for my puppy. Hope this helps someone else out there.

  • vicky

    you know i dont have any ideas but i have taken you guys idea n so far what i have tryed is working the procside n oil n viniger he has been digin for a long time i thought it was nurves i know it was my bone head cuz i never had a small dog he really likes this

  • Denise

    Mange is returning (of course), yesterday did the borax/peroxide thing and rinsed with acv. Didn’t work so well. Did nothing for the crusties. Tonight I am going to try Domenic’s desitin/a&d ointment/cocoa butter/olive oil concoction. I am going to return to the pulverized oatmeal/clear palmolive dish soap as a shampoo for him with an acv rinse, because it took away the crusties and he did sleep like a baby and stopped scratching after that treatment. And use Domenic’ recipe in between baths. He might lick a little but he will probably leave it alone since the taste can’t be too good and if he is feeling better he may not bother chewing at it. I will report back.

  • destiny allard

    how long does it take to get rid of mange?

  • ArtsAllover

    I have a friend who’s 2 dogs got infected with the (Mange)..The root of the problem started from the dog’s being exposed to another person’s unsanitary living conditions. than no follow up by making the place sanitary..So my friend’s dog’s suffered for it. I looked on the internet and learned the “mange” is a “mite”.That get’s into the hair follicle and consumes the oil of the hair follicle for food,and lay’s egg’s and the “larva” of the “Mites”,begin’s the cycle over again. In the meantime “Itching,Scratching,and hair loss result’s. Along with red sensitive skin area’s and Open blood wound’s from the pet scratching from the Intense irritation these lil bugger’s create while feasting on the hair follicle under the skin.
    The best course of action we used and have researched in this Blog forum and other sites of the same heading “Mange.” Saturate the skin with “Oil” and the Mites Will Die” Olive Oil is all natural, and will work it penetrates under the skin and heals the wounds created ,,naturally and healthily. I find Dawn dish soap for bathing and cleaning when needed is Gentle as is well known by those dealing with the pollution of Oil spills on Animals,,ie,,Wildlife.. Oil Kills the mites. Smother them and continue long enough to break the Larva Cycle and the mange will not be ,,again.

  • Debbie D.

    I started with the peroxide/borax solution tonight. Putting it in a spray bottle makes it easy to apply. But I will move on to the olive oil from this point out, since it is the healthiest solution. I would NEVER put motor oil on my own skin, let alone my dogs. It’s poison. What a foolish suggestion!

  • Julie P

    When i was little, we were given a little black dog that had NO hair…daddy mixed up a douse of burnt motor oil and sulfur powder and we saturated the dog from tail tip to ears. 3 months later, we had a gorgeous black dachshound named Chopper who never shed another hair. Sulfur powder is commonly available at most ‘hometown’ drug stores. It is a very messy and smelly venture, and you may want to wash your dog after 48 hours.. but a dang-sure cure for mange. In the south here, humidity helps create perfect conditions for mange infestations. Contrary to some of the whinings here, the burnt motor oil is not as bad as raw oil. also if this oil thing is a particular concern for you…trim your dog’s hair and use baby oil or olive oil cut with the yellow sulfur powder mixed in. Good luck…it worked for my dogs…(teacup chihuahua, mini-pom, pit mix and rotty/dobie)

  • Paula

    I live in the tropics and mange and ferals are rife. I cured my pet monkey of mange by completely dousing her in cold pressed vegetable oil. The oil was left on overnight then the monkey was washed with water and an antibacterial dish-washing detergent. Her hair grew back first dark, but then her natural colour coming through underneath. I am going to try this with my rescue kitten also as she seems to have mange. I got this tip from another website, and am passing it on as it was so successful. Simple vegetable oil massaged in and left on long enough to suffocate the mites, then washed off with detergent. Leaves the skin and fur soft but not oily.

  • Charlie

    I found a little dog on the side of the road about a year ago that was covered in mange and scabies.
    I tried peroxide and baths with ajax.
    The mange cleared up, but after a year, it has came back with a vengenge and even worse!
    Her skin is so thin, and if you pour peroxide on it right now, she just turns white as snow bubbling.
    In an effort just to bring this poor dog some relief, I have just covered her in vegetable oil and it seems to work.
    I really want to try the burnt motor oil, but she just had puppies 2 weeks ago today and am scared to use it right now.
    I’m kind of nervous about turning her loose with the puppies with the vegetable oil on her, but I am thinking now it shouldnt hurt anything, being vegetable oil….
    As soon as the puppies can eat real food, I’m trying the motor oil.
    I’m hearing nothing but rave reviews on it.
    One lady even promised to come clean my house for a year for free if it doesnt work!!
    This lady better hope the motor oil works!!
    Going to be a long night or worrying till morning!
    But soon morning will come, and it’s like the cat said when he got his tail cut off, It wont be long now!

  • Anny

    My Grandmother told me to mix baking sulfur and baby oil to my labs years ago. Also to feed her a small pinch. Her hair fell out in affected areas, but her coat came back SO beautifully! I’m ready to try it on a cat now too. Instead of baby oil, I’ll use mineral oil. 🙂

  • Pet lover

    NOT A TIP ……. does mange cause a cats voice to disappear? His fur is gone, and his voice is gone.

  • pam

    i had a dog that lost hair in clumps, she had bald spots everywhere. the vet checked her, no mange , no allergies, no mites. she had me give her melatonin tabs 3 times a day for 2 weeks, her hair came back and she never had a problem again. I think it cost around 3.00 for the pills and they worked.

  • annie

    do not use diaper ointment with zinc it will kill your pet just like zine in the new kind of pennies will kill. they will have systoms of IMHA. LOOK UP BEFORE YOU USE ZINC… PLEASE! extra virgin cocnut oil will smother the mites and help the skin but your fur child needs to stay out of the sun it will burn.(vets best) has a shampoo that helps skin and (dermagic) carries lines that kill mites it is some what costly the (dermagic) but its great stuff and works. you can order that on line.remeber zinc is very unsafe to use on pets it kills.

  • Brian

    BORAX laundry soap! It can be found at Wal-Mart in the laundry isle. For less then $4.. Its a multi purpose cleaning agent. Works wonders.

    PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT USE BORIC ACID. IT will kill your dog! PLEASE DO NOT use this! It’s Used to bait and kill roaches and other pests.

    I can understand how this can be confusing. Most people have never heard of BORAX. even though its been around since 1891..


    Mixture in a bowl:

    1 cup of Hydrogen peroxide
    1 cup of Warm Water
    Add BORAX until will not delude any longer in solution. (does not take a lot. Maybe 1/4 of a cup)(Solution should have a dark milky look)

    MIX solution well..

    Apply generously with wash cloth to infected areas

    Do not rinse off, let solution dry. Try to refrain your dog from licking until completely dry.

    DO NOT use near EYES. It will burn your pets eyes.

    This needs to be applied EVER OTHER DAY or THIRD DAY Depending on the severity of your dog condition. Up to SIX to EIGHT weeks. If you do not treat every other day or the mange isn’t completely gone it WILL come back and spread. Due to not killing the eggs or mites completely.

    It will dry your dogs Skin out. If you feel your pet is still uncomfortable your and use plain “OLIVE OIL” to moisturize your pets skin.

    Children’s Benadryl Helps your dog with the inching, scratching and chewing.
    Do not give to your pet everyday!

    Another thing to try as well as using the Borax solution are

    Vitamins!!(Fish oils, Vitamin C, E)
    Mange is a immune deficiency problem. Your pets immune system may not be strong enough to fight the nasty little mites off..

    This home remedy is cheap and easy to do. I have treated my dogs as well as with this method. IT WILL WORK as long as you keep up with it..

    Good luck!


  • Karin

    I have raised horses and dogs. At some time they will come into contact with either mange or ringworm. The best an fastest-working method used by horse owners is sulphur and lard, in equal parts, rubbed into the area and treat for 2 weeks. Hair grows back the right colour and there are no side effects. You can buy sulphur at any pharmacy, just make sure it is the pure powder (orangey-yellow); and use any lard. Not butter, not oil. Lard. It keeps the skin healthy and it will wash out with Dawn dish detergent. If the pharmacist gives you problems about the sulphur just say it is for treating livestock, not humans. You may have to sign for it in the ‘poisons dispensed’ book if they keep one.

  • Sandra Bates

    I used a cup of Borax laundry soap, a cup of applecider vinegar, a cup of hydrogen peroxide, juice of a large lemon and a gallon of very warm water. The warmer the better in mop pail. I soaked my mangy cat in this solution for 5 minutes bent over the tub holding her by the back of her neck. Holding her this way keeps her from biting or scratching you. She quit scratching, it’s been two months and her hair has grown back. She used to be the ugliest kitten yet now she is beautiful. Longhair silver lynx.

  • Dee

    I never got a verification email. Yes, I did and I verified it. Using bath oil tonight for me and my 6 animals. Thank you. Will let you know the outcome.

  • Kimberly Cartwright

    i have 3 kittens 2 of them have mange what could i use on them so i dont have to take them to the vet they are 2 months old

  • Jenny Bronson

    Best and effective home remedies like colloidal silver ear drops can be use to treat ear mites infestations.

  • Brenda1

    I need help my cat licks and scratches a lot and has brown like scabs and love to have them scratched he sleeps a lot he was a stray have had him for a good year he is very skiddish so very hard to sneek up on him but willing to try any thing right now a vet is not in our funds