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Mange is a common problem that affects canines. It is caused due to the infestation of a tiny parasite known as mites. It is a serious problem which leads to a shabby coat. If ignored, this condition can turn into a serious dog illness. Mites live over the outer skin surface of a dog. They bite and drink the dog's blood. Further, these harmful creatures can dig into the dog's skin and start staying below the surface, where they can be more harmful, causing serious allergies. Dogs can be easily attacked by mites. If you notice symptoms such as weight loss, crusty patches over the skin, brown marks, scaling, itching, and significant bald patches between the fur, then you must consult a vet. Home remedies can be tried in the initial stages so that you can control the problem of mange effectively. These remedies are given below.
Remedy #1
You can apply any cooking oil available in your kitchen over the bald skin patches. The affected skin will get softened by the use of cooking oil. Moreover, it is also effective in killing the mites on your dog's skin.
Remedy #2
Use of borax and hydrogen peroxide is known to be one of the best home remedies for this condition. Mixing 500 cc of 1% hydrogen peroxide solution with 2 tbsp of borax in water is great for your pooch's bath. Thoroughly mix the solution till all the ingredients dissolve well and use it once in a week to wash your dog. After washing properly, do not wipe it off. Let it stay on your dog's skin. Also, adding ⅛th tsp of borax per liter of water used for the dog's bath is known to be an effective treatment for mange.
Remedy #3
Another solution for your dog's affected skin can be prepared using the following oils. Take 10 parts almond oil, add 1 part neem oil and 1 part lavender oil to it, and mix it well. Apply this solution twice a day over the affected areas to get rid of mites and cure the infections.
Remedy #4
Placing a lemon slice over the affected areas will also help treat this condition. You can also take a bowl of hot water and add the lemon slices to it and leave it overnight. Next morning, you can apply this water over the affected areas. Garlic oil diluted in water can also be used. The antibacterial properties of garlic help kill the mites.
Remedy #5
A strong immune system will help fight mites that may be causing this condition. A weak immune system will make the dog susceptible, so feeding it healthy dog food is essential. Dark leafy vegetables are a must in meals. Also, Vitamin E and vitamin C supplements are beneficial. Fish oil is also known to be effective in building a strong immune system. Giving your dog a lot of water throughout the day is of prime importance.
Remedy #6
Overall hygiene plays a very important role in curing and preventing this condition. You must keep your home and surroundings clean and dust-free. Make sure that the shelter is thoroughly cleaned. Its bed, sleeping area, and feeding vessels must be kept very clean and washed regularly. Regular baths are very essential. Gently brushing the skin and fur while using soapy water will help remove crusty and scaly skin.
The above mentioned home remedies will help cure mange in dogs. Home remedies can be tried at the initial stages, in case you notice any increase in the problem or no improvement even after using them for up to 2 weeks, you must take your dog to a vet. A veterinarian will prescribe the right medications and treatment for the problem.