June 7, 2010

Mange results from an excessive multiplication of the mites that live normally in a dog’s hair follicles. This often happens when a puppy’s immune system is depleted for some reason such as after excessive vaccination, spaying and neutering.

For sarcoptic mange, the type that is very contagious even to people and causes extreme itching, a 1:10 blend of lavender to almond oil is good for topical application, along with feeding a fresh food diet. You can also bathe the pet in a yellow dock tea. Either of these methods should be used daily for three weeks and then once a week for two to three weeks. If there is no improvement, a pyrethrin shampoo would be the next choice before using a dip. Demodectic mange, the second type, is an immune system problem and is only mildly itchy with some hair loss and slight reddening.

Soaking the affected areas in a mix of Neem oil (about 15 drops in a bowl of warm water) can be helpful but take care to avoid the delicate eye area.

Fortifying the immune system with antioxidants like Vitamin E, as well as Colloidal Silver and a good quality fish oil supplement is also recommended. And a wholesome, natural diet is essential to ensure the immune system is able to restore itself properly.

For sarcoptic mange, the type that is very contagious even to people and causes extreme itching, a 1:10 blend of lavender to almond oil is good for topical application, along with feeding a fresh food diet. You can also bathe the pet in a yellow dock tea. Either of these methods should be used daily for three weeks and then once a week for two to three weeks. If there is no improvement, a pyrethrin shampoo would be the next choice before using a dip.

Demodectic mange, the second type, is an immune system problem and is only mildly itchy with some hair loss and slight reddening. Echinacea, Cats Claw and Astragalus, all helpful for immune system support, are also useful.

For both types of mange, Homeopathic Silicea is useful for vaccine-related mange outbreaks. This can be alternated with homeopathic Psorinum (made from the human scabies mite). The recommendation is to use one remedy for as long as it’s working and then switch to the other until the problem completely resolves. Sulfur is another good homeopathic if the pet is warm and very thirsty.

Check out some other articles with other natural remedies for pets:
Natural Skin and Coat Remedies
Natural Solutions for Itchy Skin
Natural Home Remedies For Cats & Dogs

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