How to Treat Dog Mange With Home Remedies

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Things You'll Need

  • Dog shampoo

  • 1 percent hydrogen peroxide

  • Borax

  • Cooking oil

  • Yogurt

  • Lemon

  • Honey


Never start any treatment on your dog without prior approval of your veterinarian. If in doubt, call the vet’s office for advice.

Mange is a skin condition caused by mites in dogs. The two types of mange affecting dogs are demodectic mange and sarcoptic mange. Demodectic mites live naturally on dogs and only become a problem if the dog's immune system is compromised and the mites gain the upper hand. Sarcoptic mange, also called scabies, is a contagious skin disease spread by direct host-to-host contact. Veterinarians typically treat mange with pesticide medication such as ivermectin. There are a number of remedies to treat mange at home if you are uncomfortable giving your dog a pesticide.

Step 1

Wash your dog thoroughly with soapy water. Use a shampoo containing a skin soothing ingredient such as colloidal oatmeal. Consider adding Epsom salts or baking soda to the water for extra relief for your dog's itchy skin.

Step 2

Mix together 2 cups of 1 percent hydrogen peroxide with 1 or 2 tablespoons of borax. Apply the mixture to the dog's skin and let dry. Repeat once a week for no more than two months.

Step 3

Apply cooking oil directly to your dog's skin. The oil will kill any remaining mites and condition the dog's dry skin caused by the mange infection.

Step 4

Treat your dog's dry skin with natural products such as yogurt, lemon water and honey. These products help soothe the skin and can speed up the healing process.