By: Sharon Dianora
Using a dog mange home remedy cure is probably the best solution to getting rid of these pesky mites for good. Why? Because many dogs that suffer from severe mange are actually suffering from a poorly functioning immune system.
Most conventional methods of treating mange rely on harsh chemicals and even steroids which hinder the immune system further. If a dog's immune system is working properly then it should be able to fight off the mange mites itself.
A holistic or homeopathic approach uses natural ingredients that won't harm the immune system and, in fact, focuses on strengthening it.
For more information on the two different types of mange (demodectic mange and Sarcoptic mange) and symptoms to look out for read my page on Dog Mange.
For the best chance of success with using either holistic or homeopathic methods, I always suggest consulting with a qualified holistic or homeopathic veterinarian first.
This remedy treats both demodectic and sarcoptic mange and is primarily based on using Sulfur. By the way, Sulfur and Sulphur are the same. Sulfur is the American spelling whereas Sulphur is the English spelling!
Start with using Sulfur 6C twice a day (every 12 hours). Ensure you only get 6C. Don't get 30C or any other concentration.
Continue use for 1 week to 10 days. If you notice an obvious improvement after one week, start giving the sulfur less frequently i.e. once a day, then every other day until symptoms have cleared.
If after 10 days on the full program you don't see a noticeable improvement, then you may need to switch to another option. Advice from a qualified holistic veterinarian is best in this case.
If your dog is also suffering from bacteria skin infections then use Purple Coneflower in addition to Sulfur. Sarcoptic mange responds best to this combination (Sulfur + Purple Cone Flower.
When buying Purple Coneflower (echinacea angustifolia), check ingredients to ensure they DON'T contain any form of xylitol or other ingredients toxic to dogs.
Purple Coneflower can be used as both an internal and topical treatment at the same time. If you're also using Sulfur, ensure you give the Sulphur about 10 minutes before the echinacea dose.
Capsule dose: 3 times a day for 7 days or until symptoms are gone. Do not give for more than 7 days. If symptoms persist beyond 7 days speak to a homeopathic vet.
For external application, use dried purple coneflower (echinacea angustifolia) herb to make an infusions and hot compress.
Use this compress twice a day for up to to two weeks.
This method from Tejinsed Sodhi DVM is based on a three-part Ayurvedic herbal remedy using neem oil, ashwaganda and triphala. Dr Sodhi reports great results with this method eliminating the mange within three to six weeks.
Neem is used for its antiparasitic properties, ashwaganda counteracts stress and enhances the immune system and triphala is the Indian herbal formula to cleanse the intestinal tract.
To use neem oil effectively, dilute 10 - 15 drops of oil in warm water. If your dog is chewing its paws due to mange, soak paws twice a day for 5-10 minutes in the diluted neem oil. Afterward, gently rub oil into affected skin.
For mange on other parts of the body (avoid eye area) wash area with warm water using a wash cloth then gently rub oil into the skin morning and evening.
Give after feeding.
Dr. Sodhi recommends using Triphala from Ayush Herbs, therefore the dosage below is based on this herb.
For triphala supplement from Ayush Herbs
For store-bought triphala available in powder or capsules, Dr Sodhi recommends calculating dosage according to dog's size compared to a humans (good luck with that!).
The below supplements are reported as being beneficial for treating mange.
A simple solution to make the skin irritations easier is to rub fresh lemon juice on the affected areas every day. Use this natural skin tonic daily:
Lemon Skin Tonic Recipe:
This also works as a natural parasite repellent.
Switching your dog to a human-grade diet that is based on whole-foods is recommended for restoring the immune system.
Many dog foods are unfit for human consumption given the higher levels of toxins. By making dietary changes to your dog's food may result in the dog's own immune system being able to help fight the effects of mange dramatically.
Consult with a holistic or homeopathic veterinarian or board-certified dietician before making any changes to your dog's diet.