Canine Scabies and
a Home Remedy for Mange
Let's approach canine scabies (sarcoptic mange in dogs) with what NOT TO DO so you avoid toxic overload for a sick dog and then I'll show you some dog home remedies. Sound good?
First let's talk about symptoms of mange and take a quick look at the difference between demodectic mange in dogs and scabies.
Symptoms of Scabies
Mange mites remind me of tiny crablike creatures but obviously they are not a crustacean. In the same family as ticks and spiders, and not visible by the naked eye, they are tiny predators that burrow under the skin to live, feed and breed.
They cause terrible
itching and can often be misdiagnosed as a severe allergic skin
reaction. Even a skin scraping may fail to see these tiny vermin.
Known medically as sarcoptic mange, usually the fun begins on the ears and elbows and here is what happens.
- Red spots or pimple like dots may appear.
- Intense scratching with skin becoming more and more inflamed.
- Pungently foul odor as it progresses.
- Even YOU may get a scattering of red itchy dots on your arms or
where clothing is snug against the body (like waistband). Don't panic
though; while they can annoy you, they cannot actually live and breed on
you like the dog so they will go away.
- If misdiagnosed as an allergic reaction, a cortisone injection doesn't stop itching for more than a day.
Both types of mange are mites, but demodectic mange mites stay in the hair follicle.
What Not To Do for Canine Scabies
Even if it sounds backwards, I'm starting with what NOT TO DO for sarcoptic mange in dogs. Why? Because I hate to see any dog's body become damaged by drugs, insecticides or anything else the body sees as toxic.
Plus, the sicker the dog, the worse it gets.
- Do not give vaccinations whenever your dog is not in tip top shape. Vaccines stress the immune system, leaving your dog in a weakened state. Plus the proof is growing that many diseases are actually caused by over-vaccinating.
- Injectable Ivermectin is not only toxic but immune suppressive. I would never allow my vet to use it on my dogs.
- No cortisone. It doesn't really work for canine scabies and the side effects are not worth it.
- Avoid the harsh medical "dip" if possible. (See How to Boost the Immune System)
If not, use this toxic treatment only once and improve health with nutritionally dense foods and supplements to boost the immune system.
You know, I've got to tell you something. After 300 plus pages on this website, it all comes down to the same thing. Healthy dogs don't get sick.
Some days I feel like I'm beating my head against the wall from repeating the same things over and over. Whether it's sarcoptic mange in dogs, demotectic mange in dogs or renal failure. The bottom line is watching what goes in and what comes out.
Dogs that are not healthy are weak so they are perfect hosts for mites, fleas and any other disease they come in contact with.
Check out those quotes in the right column. Those wise men are still correct.
How to Get Rid of Mange Mites Naturally
- Wash your dog's bedding, with bleach if possible.
- Use bleach in water or Tea Tree Oil in water for cleanup around the house.
- Make a dog spray using 1/4th cup hydrogen peroxide
(the 3% solution); 3/4 cup water ; with six drops tea tree oil,
lavender oil, cedar oil or a mixture of any of the three, in a spray bottle and use
twice a day.
- Improve your dog's diet. A truly
healthy dog is not susceptible. Switching to raw dog food, human grade
home made dog food or a very high grade commercial dog food will do
wonders for dog health.
For more information about mange in dogs, head on over to Home Remedy For Mange. There is a very good supplement but you'll have to click over there to see what is so good about it.
Canine Scabies to Dog Disease
Please note: To avoid frustration for both of us . . .
There are many references to NSP products throughout this website. It has taken me some years to pinpoint the correct combination of Nature's Sunshine Products along with the correct dosage for dogs. You must purchase those products through me at my NSP website in order to get those doses. If you are in Canada you must order through Sandra King's NSP website . Once we see your order come through we will contact you with assistance.
Thank you so much for your understanding.