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 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. Read more about this complicated disease here.

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. Learn about Sarcoptic mange here.

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. Get detailed information about Cheyletiella mange here.

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

Why misdiagnosing mange results in the condition worsening:

  1. More damage is done while valuable time is spent (sometimes years) chasing the wrong thing.
  2. Certain medications cause reactions that make everything worse – physical symptoms intensify and, especially with Demodex, the mite population explodes.

Mange is a serious problem.

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

Demodectic mange is difficult to control and can progress from localized to generalized, eventually becoming chronic. Your pet is depending on you for compassionate help.

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, or telltale dandruff like flakes, can sometimes be seen 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 actually make your dogs situation worse.

Treatment failure, due to incorrect diagnosis, is the most common mange indicator.

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, some neurotoxic, are a frequently prescribed treatment. The pesticides spread through the body systemically, to all organs and cells.

Traditional treatments are not always successful and have a high incidence of 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?

Today, more and more dog owners demand safer holistic alternatives but information on natural options is scarce. Many are not aware that there are other options.

Take control of your dog’s health – Naturally

Nature gives us powerful tools that have been proven effective. Once an owner makes the decision to look at safer natural alternatives, they’ve taken one of the bravest steps they can to improve their dog’s life.

Beating mange is best done naturally and holistically & Mite Avenge® is nature’s most effective mite killer. 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, works faster than chemical treatments, and has no side effects.

Mite Avenge® natural treatment for mange

Sarcoptic and Cheyletiella (contagious mites):

The Mite Avenge holistic system disrupts the mite life cycle at these key stages thereby eliminating the population and ending the infestation.

  • Newly hatched nymph mites
  • Mature adult mites
  • Egg laying female mites
  • Newly hatched nymph mites

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

Important demodectic mite fact:

The normal mite population of a healthy dog does not cause mange. Most dogs have some demodectic mites which are not dangerous to the dog, humans or other pets in the household.

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“ 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.”