6 Home Remedies for Curing and Preventing Mange
We’ve detailed a few home remedies for mange that are proven to effectively kill the mites, as well as assist with the recovery from symptoms.
Check these out before you take that expensive trip to the vet or load your animal up with laboratory drugs.
Side effects of these home treatments include: killing mites, supporting recovery and healing, and maintaining a happy and healthy pet.
Learn to Treat Mange from Home and Prevent Future Infections
Mange is a skin disease in mammals brought on by an infestation of mites.
It’s most commonly in reference to the mites occurring in non-human mammals (cats and dogs especially), but it is communicable to humans in some instances. This can be a distressing infestation to have to live with; no one wants their dog (or potentially themselves) bogged down with mites.
Common symptoms include chronic itchiness, patchy fur, and hairless scabby areas on the skin.
Outbreaks of mites typically occur around the eyes and mouth, as well as lower limbs. In severe cases, these mites can shorten your pet’s lifespan and lead to other chronic issues.
Fighting off mange can be a straightforward process; in this article we explore the value of using home remedies to tackle these infections. It might be tempting to load your pet into the car and take them to the vet immediately, but if your pet seems to be showing mild symptoms and is not too distressed, you can save money and take care of the problem yourself.
Home remedies have been used for eons, and for good reason. They will will tend to support your pet’s immune system, without harmful side effects of some prescription drugs.
One of the root causes of mange is simply the environment your pet is in, as well as the state of that pets immunity. A robust immune system will be able to repel most invaders, so ensuring your pet is happy, healthy and in good healthy condition will be the best way to ensure these treatments work. An animal with a compromised immune system will be much more likely to be reinfected in the future.
These are important facts to arm yourself with; one trip to the vet is not all that you need to overcome a mane infection.
Additionally, these more holistic approaches are just as effective as many prescription remedies. With the right knowledge, you can cure your pet without relying on outside sources for assistance.
Different options include essential oils and natural or household ingredients for cleansing. We are also going to recommend certain diet and environmental approaches to boost your animal’s immunity and reduce the chance of reinfection.
Of course, if your pet is restless and clearly distressed from the symptoms, consulting a veterinarian should be your first step toward recovery.
But some prescriptions can depress natural immunity, and you need to be prepared to cure your pet in the long term, not just the immediate future.
1. Lavender Oil for Mite Relief
Essential oils are commonly used to ward of parasites and unwanted pests for a variety of skin conditions.
Lavender oil is especially helpful for repelling mites and making your animal an inhospitable host. Ensure there are no additives or fragrances - these can actually worsen the condition by irritating the skin.
When applying, ensure to cover as much of the animal as possible (more details below). This will help relieve infected areas, but also help prevent non-infected areas from becoming infected.
Lavender oil can provide the following benefits for mange treatment:
- Lavender is known to support healthy immune system function, stimulating the animal’s natural defenses from mites.
- Lavender has long been used as an insect repellent, and correctly applying will help get these mites off your animal for good.
- This essential oil is also known to have antiseptic and antibacterial properties, helping your animal recover and heal wounded skin.
Lavender Shampoo: Add about 10 drops of lavender oil to your animal's shampoo, and wash them about twice a week to see improved results. Don’t overdo it though; washing too frequently will disrupt the animal’s natural skin state, and may lead to skin irritation and further issues.
2. Lemongrass Essential Oil Topical Formula
Lemongrass is also established as a natural adjuvant to overall health. It is effective for warding off pests like the mites that cause mange, as well as a natural antibacterial and muscle pain reliever.
This remedy will help rid your animal of mites, while helping establish overall immunity to infections. A few key properties of lemongrass oil:
- The naturally occurring aldehydes in this oil are effective at warding off insects and creating a pest-free environment.
- Lemongrass oil will help keep the skin free of unwanted bacteria or fungus, a necessity for recovering from invasive mites.
- Lemongrass oil strengthens hair follicles; applying to infected areas will help speed the recovery and help regrow patchy hair.
Also, consider making your own lemongrass topical spray. Add six drops of lemongrass oil to a liter of clean water, and mix thoroughly.
Use this formula in a generous spray bottle, and apply topically to your infected animal. Try to cover as much area as possible; the more complete the application, the less likely your animal will be reinfected in the future.
This is also a great way to prevent mites from taking up lodging in your pet’s bedding, on rugs, or on furniture. It will add a natural fragrance to the animal’s environment as well.
This is a powerful agent for creating an inhospitable environment for the host pet.
Mites cannot stand the alkaline and antiseptic environment created by apple cider vinegar. It is also known to have strong antimicrobial properties, so this can help treat the mites while preventing any irritated skin from becoming infected with bacteria or fungus.
Effective approaches for tackling mites:
- Make a formula of one part apple cider vinegar and one part water. Mix together thoroughly and pour this into a higher-volume sprayer.
Apply generously to your pet's entire body and make sure the skin becomes completely saturated in the mixture.
Allow it to air dry, and repeat three times each week until symptoms are gone.
- Add apple cider vinegar to the pet’s food to make the skin less hospitable to mites.
Add approximately one teaspoon for each 15 pounds of animal, and cap it at three teaspoons for heavier dogs.
Apple cider vinegar has a variety of positive health effects; it’s full of nutrition to help improve your animal’s skin and overall health. Some people swear by it and drink it daily for a variety of different issues.
Give this a try before spending unnecessary time and money at the vet.
Peroxide is capable of killing mites and destroying eggs and larva. It’s important to be careful with this approach, as peroxide can damage sensitive tissues.
Don’t use this on breaks in the skin because it destroys healing tissue, but for less advanced infections it can provide significant relief.
- Dampen a towel with hydrogen peroxide and rub it onto the infected areas of the skin. Be sure the peroxide fully saturates the skin, as mites can be burrowed under hair follicles.
- Don’t wash the peroxide off, as it won’t be able to take the desired effect in your animal’s skin. Also don’t allow your animal to lick the peroxide off it’s body.
- Keep this up for two weeks until the infection is gone.
5. Olive Oil
This simple remedy helps suffocate mites in the skin. By covering the infected area with this oil, you block the mite’s air supply.
Give this a try by generously applying to your dog’s body, especially in areas of the skin showing the most symptoms. Prevent your animal from licking it off, and after an hour wash the olive oil off completely. Do this a few times a week to get the best results.
This remedy should be used in combination with others, as it may be more difficult to ensure you fully covered the infected areas of the skin. A good treatment combination for this would be borax.
This powerful pest killer has been around for ages.
It’s a common insect repellent, and kills and mites it comes in contact with. This can be a skin irritant, so it is best to combine with water.
To get the best effect, add a bit of hydrogen peroxide to the mix.
- Create this formula by adding one part peroxide and two parts water.
- Add enough borax so the solution is saturated and no more borax can dissolve.
- Don’t allow your pet to ingest the borax, and allow to air dry. Repeat this 4 to 5 times to get rid of the mites.
Don’t apply borax directly to the animal’s skin, as this can cause irritation, leading to more itching and scratching. This solution is useful for other types of mites as well, and can even be used for scabies on humans.
Borax is a reliable pest killer, and can be used before a vet visit is necessary.
Keep it Clean, Keep it Natural
We are strong advocates for natural and home remedies for mange because this pest can be entirely treated from home.
We believe home remedies are safer, and are likely to produce positive side effects for your pets instead of negative ones.
Supporting your pet’s natural immunity will speed recovery and help prevent future infections. A healthy, nutritious diet will be key to achieving this.
Remember to use these homemade formulas to treat your pet, as well as clean up the environment around your animal. Without a pest-free living situation, it’s likely your pet will not get permanent relief from this ailment.
From our research, curing mange with a home remedy will be best achieved with a combination of borax/peroxide/water, as well as essential oils to boost immunity and speed the recovery process.