Home Remedy for Mange

Mange treatment usually involves insecticides but what if there was another way? Consider a home remedy for mange that rids the body of mites and improves health at the same time.

What is mange? What are the symptoms of mange?

What is the difference between demodectic mange, sarcoptic mange and canine scabies?

Boy, I just gave myself a lot of questions to answer!

Still, I want you to understand where it comes from and how to help your dog as healthfully as possible so you don't make the same mistakes I made.

Ready? Let's dive right in.

What is Mange?

Mange is the result of mites. Related to spiders and ticks, mange mites are too small to see with the naked eye.  They are highly uncomfortable for your dog because they burrow under the skin to feed causing irritation and itching.

What most people don't understand is that mange mites can live on all dogs but only cause a problem when the immune system isn't up to par.

Symptoms of Mange

Naturally a dog will scratch at the irritation hoping to rid himself of the nasty little critters but it doesn't work. The skin gets red, may appear scaly and areas of hair loss will appear.

A skin infection may develop if not treated.

The Difference Between Demodectic and Sarcoptic Mange

It is my understanding that while both feed under the skin, the demodectic mites stay within the hair follicles. Sarcoptic mange is also called Canine Scabies and is less common that demedectic mange, yet they both stem from the same problem.

Symptoms of Demodectic Mange in Dogs

In tougher cases the whole body is involved and does not spontaneously heal. This is where I share what I experienced long before I knew the home remedy for mange.

My very first dog, Gretchen (Great Dane), was diagnosed with this type of canine mange when she was still a pup. I took her to the vet for a chemical bath more often than I care to remember.

The vet said it was the only way to treat it. I loved my dog and trusted my vet. Instead of getting better, it got worse.

Her body was covered with pus and blood filled bumps and lumps which I now know was probably a staph infection brought on by the harsh chemicals and her low immune system. Coupled with many rounds of antibiotics, curing mange took over a year.

My dog was left with only half her hair because new hair would not grow through the scar tissue.

As it turned out, Gretchen was the only pup from her litter to survive past 6 months of age. Had I known about a home remedy for mange, my baby would have had a much happier, healthier and longer life.

My sweet dog died of lung cancer at the age of six. Unknowingly I had set her up for disease by depleting what was left of her immune system with the harsh treatments.

And bless my vet.

I adored the man and he did what he knew, what he'd been taught. I also believe if he had been exposed to holistic medicine, he would have learned everything he could.

Forty years later and far wiser, let me explain what I now know.

Why Mange Happens

If we look at the way the world works, predators prey on the weak. It has always been that way. We need to see mange mites, fleas, viruses and bacteria as the predators they are. Which means ...

Mange is a great big red flag that our dog is not healthy on the inside.

Mange is the direct result of a compromised immune system and likely a toxic overburdened liver.

Let me back track just a bit. A demodectic mange mite usually lives a relatively quiet life on ALL dog's skin without causing a problem.

Yes, it's actually normal to have them.

The problem happens when the immune system becomes weak.  Then the quiet little demodectic mange mites have an environment to thrive in, and boy can they have a party! (Okay, maybe it's just a population explosion but you get my drift.)

Instead of blaming yourself, get to work and fix it.

Home Remedy for Mange

We need to help our dog inside and out. Let's start with the outside. The best spray home remedy for mange is as follows:

For topical use only, mix:

  • 1/4th cup hydrogen peroxide (the 3% solution)
  • 3/4 cup water (spring or distilled is best - NO chlorinated water.)
  • six drops tea tree oil, lavender oil or cedar oil; or a combination of any/all of them.
  • Shake ingredients in a spray bottle and use twice a day. They all have properties which mites don't like and help remedy the itching while keeping a secondary skin infection at bay.

    (Note) Many people prefer the smell of lavender oil, plus it's a natural disinfectant you can take with you to kill germs on shopping carts or any surface where you might pick up bacteria or viruses.

Home Remedy for Mange on the Inside

Improve your dog's diet.  Raw food is absolutely the best first step (see recipes.)  If you can't bring yourself to do that, at least add real food to that commercial concoction. (Things like chicken hearts, gizzards, raw eggs and canned water packed sardines.)

Now let's build up that immune system with some superfoods. These choices also have components to cleanse a bit, support that liver and used with the spray will resolve the issue.


Because the body has an amazing capacity to self heal when given the right tools.

Colostrum with Immune Factors #1587: This lovely combo begins with colostrum which is a superfood. It's why it's the first thing all mammals receive from their mother. The other components are especially helpful in this case.

Super Omega 3 #1515: We all know the power of Omega 3 right?

Spirulina #681: One of the most nutritional substances on earth.

Proactazyme #1525: Enzymes are incredibly helpful. My dog and I take them every day and you can read more about them at The Magic of Enzymes.

For the spray you can also get  Tea tree Oil (Stock # 1777-1) and/or  Lavender   (Stock #3907-8)

Order these products through Natures Sunshine. Absolutely sign up for free as a member at checkout and save 30% off retail. My personal email will be given in your order confirmation so I can give you the correct doses for your dog by age, breed and weight. If you don't contact me, I will contact YOU within 48 hours.

What About Demotectic Mange in Puppies?

Because they inherit the same weaknesses, they are set up for that nasty dog mange mite party. Please feed them nutritious food and use the above remedies so they will have a lifetime of health.

Believe it or not, one of the best health tips I can give you for puppies is keep vaccines at a minimum and never ever vaccinate a dog when they are sick. It's called vaccine malpractice and the phrase was coined by veterinarian Will Falconer from Vital Animals.

*Notes: I only recommend Nature's Sunshine remedies because I trust them. Please read "Why NSP?"

Once your dog is healthy you may consider what both my dog and I take on a daily basis. You can find that here and bookmark it or simply ask me once your dog is on the mend.

If you feed commercial food, please educate yourself. Here's a link to subscribe to an awesome class if I do say so myself. You can learn something whether you take it or not. Check out Choosing the Best Commercial Dog Food.

And now you know the very best home remedy for mange. 

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Important Notice

I sell NSP (Nature's Sunshine) herbs and supplements for your dog. While these are strictly tested and made for human consumption, I am the only one in the United States successfully using them for dogs for over a decade now.

To get proper doses for your dog you must purchase through me. I've spent a great deal of time learning the right combinations and doses per weight for your canine kid.