What is Dog Mange?

Mange is a skin disease caused by microscopic mites. These parasites can quickly proliferate and cause serious health problems. There are 3 types of mites that cause mange – Demodectic, Sarcoptic and Cheyletiella.

Demodectic Mange

Also known as Demodex, Demodicosis, Red Mange or Puppy Mange. It is related to immune system problems that allow the mite population to spiral out of control. Demodectic is the least responsive to conventional veterinary treatment.

Sarcoptic Mange

Also called Scabies or Black Mange. It is transmitted by contact with local wildlife, like foxes, cats or other dogs. It is highly contagious to humans and other animals. The Sarcoptic mite can also be transmitted by environmental contact with mite infested bedding or carpeting.

Cheyletiella Mange

Also called Cheyletiellosis or Walking Dandruff. This mite lives in the top layer of skin is transmitted by contact and is highly contagious to humans and other animals.

How did my dog catch mange?

Mange does not come from dirty homes, or poor pet care. It’s not your fault! The mites that cause mange may come from other pets (like neighborhood dogs and cats) or wildlife that may live in your area (like foxes or rabbits).
Certain mites (demodex or demodectic) are normally found on dogs in small numbers. But the population can spiral out of control if your dog is under stress, has been injured, or has immune system issues.

Is mange is a serious problem?

The contagious mites – sarcoptic & cheyletiella – can infest an entire household people, other pets, upholstered furniture, carpets and bedding.

The non-contagious mites – Demodectic – are difficult to control and can progress from localized to generalized, eventually becoming chronic.

How do I know if my dog has mange?

What Demodex mange (Demodicosis) looks like on a dog.
Sarcoptic and demodectic mites are microscopic. Pet owners can only see the outward symptoms making it difficult to diagnose. Skin scrapings can be done by your vet but may come back negative even when mites are present.

Cheyletiella is a little easier to diagnose because the mites cause telltale dandruff-like flakes, which can sometimes appear to be moving about on the surface.

There is a high rate of mis-diagnosis because mange symptoms closely resemble other skin conditions, especially allergies, and treating the wrong problem can sometimes make your dog’s situation worse.

A positive skin scrape is a wonderful starting point but in the absence of one, and for other reasons, many of our customers are motivated to find their own answers.

Our symptom checker is a great place to start.

Is traditional mange treatment right for my dog?

Chemical pesticide dips and medications, are frequently prescribed treatments. The pesticides spread through the body systemically, to all organs and cells, and can have harmful side effects. Today’s chemical treatment protocols go back decades and have not changed significantly with the times.

What natural mange treatments are available?

Nature gives us powerful tools that have been proven effective. Beating mange is best done naturally and holistically, but information on natural options is scarce. Most pet owners are not aware there are options.

Our Mite Avenge® drench includes some of nature’s most effective mite-killing ingredients. It has worked in many cases where nothing else has and, unlike toxic poisons and chemicals, there’s nothing artificial in it. It’s safe and all natural.

From: $98.95

Mite Avenge 3-Pack, plus options for recommended treatment items.

“How does mite avenge work?

Sarcoptic and Cheyletiella (contagious mites):
The Mite Avenge® holistic system disrupts the mite life cycle at three key stages: Newly hatched nymphs, adults, and egg laying females. Treatment is scheduled at critical times during this cycle, usually one week apart, to end the infestation.
Learn more about treating the contagious mites:

Sarcoptic Mange (also called Black Mange, or Canine Scabies)

Cheyletiella Mange (also called Walking Dandruff)

Demodectic (non-contagious mites):
The Mite Avenge holistic system reduces the demodectic mite population and repairs the underlying problems that cause recurrence & re-infestation.
Learn more about treating demodectic mites:

Demodectic Mange (also called  Demodex, Demodicosis, Puppy Mange or Red Mange)

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“A million thank you’s.”

“Thank you for a product that delivered a complete cure… a million thank you’s. My husband and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”


“ Today there were only 4 mites total!”

“On the first scrape there were innumerable mites in all stages including plenty of eggs.  Mite Avenge cut the population from thousands down to 4 in 8 weeks.

When Buster recovered he [the vet] said, “It wasn’t because of any thing you did.” Well I think I will have to agree to disagree with the vet on this one.”