What is Dog Mange?

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

Demodectic Mange

Also known as Demodex, Demodicosis, Red 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 picked up when the dog is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Transmitted by contact with local wildlife, cats or other dogs, it is highly contagious to humans and other animals, and should be dealt with swiftly.

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.

(If you’re unsure what type of mites your dog has use our mange Symptom Checker.)

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?

Sarcoptic and demodectic mites are microscopic. Pet owners can only see the outward symptoms making it difficult to diagnose. Skin scrapings (done by your vet) often 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 dogs situation worse.

A positive skin scrape is a wonderful starting point, but in the absence of one and for a variety of 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. Traditional treatments 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. Many are not aware that there are other options.

Our Mite Avenge® product 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.

Beating mange is best done naturally and holistically, but information on natural options is scarce. Many pet owners are not aware there are options.

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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, thereby eliminating the population, and ending the infestation: Newly Hatched Nymphs > Adult Mites > Egg Laying Females

Learn more about treating contagious mites here:

Sarcoptic Mange, Black Mange, Scabies
Cheyletiella Mange, 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 here:

Demodectic Mange, Demodex, Red Mange

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“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.

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