Q: Grandma, It looks like my two rabbits have mange. Got something for that? I’m only 14, and don’t have the money for a vet trip. But if I have to, I will. Thanks a bunch!
A: Dear C, Rabbit mange is a condition caused by the Cheyletiella Mange Mites, the parasites that burrow deep into the skin of the rabbit and feed on its blood. Mange infestation usually results to serious allergic reaction, hair loss, pain, and itching brought about by the foul-smelling dandruff-like crusts appearing on the rabbit’s skin. Mange mite infestation is highly contagious; thus, it does not only require isolating the ill rabbit but it also necessitates immediate treatment through some remedies that can be applied at home.
HOME REMEDIES FOR RABBIT MANGE
1. Hydrogen Peroxide and Borax – Combine two cups of hydrogen peroxide, two tablespoons of borax and two cups of water. Wash the affected area with the mixture and leave on to dry on the skin. Repeat the process once a week for two months.
2. Yogurt – Place a tablespoon of plain yogurt each inside the rabbit’s ears and leave it to dry. Later, when the yogurt has completely dried, remove the dried particles manually.
3. Lemon – Boil lemon slices in water. Wait until the next day to apply the liquid directly on the rabbit to treat its damaged skin.
4. Bacon grease – Drain the grease from plain bacon. While still warm, apply the grease on the affected area as often as possible during the day for two weeks. Use a tray to catch the dripping grease which can be reheated in the microwave for future use to treat rabbit mange.
5. Cooking oil – Apply a tiny amount of cooking oil on the irritated skin to soften and loosen the crusty deposits caused by mange.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar – Add one tablespoon of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to every meal given to the pet to reduce mange infection.
7. Garlic – Dilute garlic oil and apply directly to the affected area to reduce bacterial infection.
8. Neem Oil and Lavender oil – Combine one part each of the two ingredients and ten parts almond oil to make a skin rinse to wash the area covered by mange. Apply the skin rinse on the rabbit’s skin twice a day.
9. Honey – Apply honey on the animal skin. Make sure to wipe off the ingredient at night to prevent ants from feasting on the pet’s skin throughout the night.
10. Yellow Dock and Echinacea Extract – Combine ten drops each of yellow dock root extract and Echinacea extract with four ounces of distilled water. Mix thoroughly before applying the natural anti-itch treatment on the skin infested by rabbit mange.
11. Calamine Lotion and Sulfur – Combine one part each of calamine lotion, sulfur, and aloe vera liquid and add onto a gallon of boiled filtered water. Allow to cool before washing the pet’s body parts affected by mange. Let the solution remain on the skin. Repeat the process every four or five days.
12. Warm Water and Soap – Add a few drops of warm water on the soap. Apply the soapy mixture on the animal skin to kill the mites causing mange.