What You Need to Know About Home Remedies for Mange

We get it

Sure, treating your dog’s mange cheaply and at home absolutely holds a big appeal. Many owners use it as their first course for treating their dog’s mange. My family went the home remedy route too except it was our last corse of treatment and last hope. 

Our vet told us there was nothing else he could do and suggested putting our dog down. She was too far gone for anything else, so we tried borax and peroxide and she still she suffered. We’re a creative family who loves research, so we decided to create the ultimate DIY remedy. It saved our dog within days! Mite Avenge was born!

Why? Yes. No. Yes. No. Yes.

  • YES. Mange is the bane of a dog’s ideal life. The combined total of cases continue to mushroom year after year. Mange is a mainstream problem and the current estimate is that 1 in 5 dogs will be affected by some form of it in their lifetime. 
  • NO. People don’t usually realize how serious of a problem it is until it gets out of hand (it’s a progressive disease).  So in the early stages, “Yeah, I got this” rolls off the tongue pretty easily.
  • YES. Don’t caring owners want the best for their dogs? Anyone who knows the truth* about chemical pesticides for mange does NOT want that stuff in their dog. (*Special interests make sure the truth stays cloaked. The way that happens is calculated, stealthy and morally decrepit.
  • NO. Who wants to get on the doctor treadmill? We’ve all heard the stories. And are you really up for spending days in a waiting room? People love convenience. 
  • YES. Doesn’t everyone want something for nothing or at least to save money? Why pay for what you can do yourself? (You wouldn’t take your own gallbladder out, so please research the science thoroughly before trying a homemade treatment on your dog.)

Folks looking for an easy inexpensive fix can find thousands of pages online that will tell you how to cure mange cheaply and easily at home. Below are leading remedies we discovered repeated verbatim on literally hundreds of web pages. (The sheer amount of ignorant parroting sure makes you wonder.)

The Top 15 Home Mange Remedies

  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Raw garlic
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Honey
  • Herbal tea
  • Yogurt
  • Petrolium jelly
  • Neem oil
  • Olive oil
  • Baby oil
  • Motor oil
  • Colloidal silver
  • Peroxide & borax
  • Bathing and cleaning
  • Head lice treatment
  • Sulphur
  • Mouthwash
  • Bleach

Dunking a dog in used motor oil? (cruel)  Plugging up already congested skin with oils and petroleum? (counter-productive)  Rubbing raw lemons, garlic or vinegar into raw irritated skin? (painful)  Yogurt and herbal tea? (useless)  Bleach? (idiotic)

Unanswered questions

The surface appeal for such remedies is they’re cheap and non-chemical.  But…

  • What about effectiveness? What is the science behind the remedy? Any data?
  • Is there any danger of making things worse or causing infection?
  • Are the ingredients pure, sterile, and safe for dogs, humans, and their homes?
  • Are there safe guidelines and tested recipes? Or are these concepts that can be overdone or mixed wrong?
  • Is the remedy a true anti-parasitic or only capable of relief?
  • Is there any chance that the remedy could cause the mites to spread or clog up already congested unhealthy skin even further?
  • Is the remedy specific to the problem or is a one-size-fits-all cure? If it promises to also fix ticks, bedbugs or skin worms, etc —  keep looking. To work well, your mange treatment needs to take into consideration the target parasite and its location, lifecycle, barriers to treatment, and habits. The treatment should also take into consideration the condition of the patient and the practicality of the remedy.

Mange mites are our wheelhouse. We’re not multi-purpose bloggers – this is all we do. What scares the beejesus out of us is, regardless of whether the motive is goodwill or profit, many of these remedies are either potentially dangerous, counter-productive, have no mite killing ability or torturous.

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