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Mange is a contagious skin condition caused my mites. It can spread by direct skin-to-skin contact or by indirect contact. While many kinds of mites can cause mange, the symptoms are generally the same. Dry skin, dandruff, lesions, skin irritation, red rash, itching and fur loss are commonly experienced.
If you suspect your dog has mange, rush him for treatment. Untreated mange can become resistant to treatment over time. When mange is severe, it can cause permanent scarring or even thicken the skin. Persistent itching can prevent fur from growing back by damaging hair follicles.
Of course the longer you let mites go untreated, the more you stand a risk of contagion.
Dog Mange Treatments
Most dogs with mange get better by themselves in about 2 months. However, it is best to administer anti-biotic shampoo so your dog doesn’t catch an infection from all that itching.
The only way to treat a dog with stubborn mange is to figure out which kind of mite is causing the mange. A diagnosis is crucial, as a result.
Dog mange is treated with spot-on treatments or insecticide shampoos. Your vet may also prescribe a lime-sulfur treatment or an oral medication called Amitraz.
One must be careful when using Amitraz as it can be toxic to certain dog breeds, pregnant/nursing dogs and pups under 4 months. Lime-sulfur treatment makes for a much better alternative.
Apple Cider Vinegar has antibacterial and antiseptic properties which help heal a dog with mange by creating the necessary pH balance.
Honey can be applied onto the sore spots on your dog’s skin to clean the bacteria from it as also the dirt and grime that comes from mange. Its antioxidant and antiseptic properties builds immunity and helps heal sore and tender skin.
Olive oil is another effective natural remedy. It can soothe tender skin and cleanse the area off mange.
A solution of Borax and hydrogen peroxide can be used to heal skin sores and kill mange.
Apply the natural remedies for mange mentioned above and you will be helping rid your dog of mange. Reapplication on a weekly basis would prevent mange from reoccurring.
Now, mange treatment is long drawn out. It can take weeks before your dog is cured of mange. Even longer, for the fur to grow back. Good hygiene and maintaining cleanliness can help dogs who have a genetic disposition towards developing mange.
Try to keep feeding your dog healthy meals so they can gain immune strength to fight off mange.
Keep their bedding clean so they don’t stand potential risk of catching mange. Mange in dogs is treatable and nothing to worry about. A little time and patience and your dog will be cured in no time.