Remedies for Dog Mange

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Before trying any home remedy for mange, it's important to check with your veterinarian. This page contains remedies for mange.


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February 9, 2011

I had a litter of puppies that got puppy mange. I tried everything to get rid of it and nothing worked. So I tried hibbi scrub which worked a treat. It cleared the mange up in 2 weeks. You just fill your bath up, pop a bit in, and bathe the puppies 2-3 times a week. It's very cheap too. I also have a Pointer that gets skin problems every so often, so I do the same with her. A quick bath and it's all cleared up again.

By becky

Editor's Note: Chlorhexadine is the active ingredient in Hibbi Scrub and other skin cleaners.

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December 9, 2013

Borax laundry soap! It can be found at Wal-Mart in the laundry aisle for less then $4. It's a multi purpose cleaning agent. Works wonders. This is only a topical remedy.


Please note: DO NOT USE BORIC ACID. It will kill your dog! Please do not use this! It's used to bait and kill roaches and other pests. I can understand how this can be confusing. Most people have never heard of borax even though its been around since 1891.

This home remedy is cheap and easy to do. I have treated my dogs as well as with this method. It will work as long as you keep up with it.

Good luck!


  • 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup borax*

*Add BORAX until it will not dilute any longer in solution. It does not take a lot. Solution should have a dark milky look.


  1. Mix solution well in a bowl. Apply generously with wash cloth to infected areas.
  2. Do not rinse off, let solution dry. Try to refrain your dog from licking until completely dry.

    DO NOT use near "eyes". It will burn your pet's eyes.
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  4. This needs to be applied every other or third day, depending on the severity of your dog condition, for six to eight weeks. If you do not treat every other day or the mange isn't completely gone, it "will" come back and spread.

This will dry your dog's skin out. If you feel your pet is still uncomfortable, use plain olive oil to moisturize your pet's skin.

Children's Benadryl helps your dog with the itching, scratching and chewing but do NOT give to your pet everyday!

Another thing to try as well as using the borax solution is vitamins such as fish oils, vitamin C, E, etc. Mange is a immune deficiency problem. Your pet's immune system may not be strong enough to fight the nasty little mites off.

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November 24, 2017

If my dog has chewed his tail and is now bald and has sores can I use the borax, warm water, and peroxide on him?


November 24, 20170 found this helpful
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This method is natural and effective. Use 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide, 2t of borax and 1 cup water.


Step 1
Use 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide, 2t of borax and 1 cup water.

Step 2
Dilute the hydrogen peroxide in the water.

Step 3
Add the borax.

Step 4
Put on all surfaces of the dog, whether or not mange is present

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November 25, 20170 found this helpful
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Along with Judy's suggestion, make sure you isolate your dog so it doesn't spread to other animals or humans. Also make sure all their bedding is watched with a bleach and soap solution.

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November 27, 20170 found this helpful
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Keep in mind that there are different types of mange and you may need a trip to the Vet if home remedies dont work. Some types of mange clear up on their own, and some require several treatments from a Veterinarian. Good luck .

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December 21, 2012

I have a four month old Chow and Akita mix. I've had her since she was 12 weeks old. I luv her to death. I've tried everything, even vet trips it clear up the mange and then it comes back. When she was younger she was around a dog with mange.


I rescued her from the previous owner, who had a dog who had a litter of five that they let run in the road. I am an animal lover, hard core, so I took all the puppies, all five, in and bathed them, wormed them, and found them all homes.

It wasn't till Nikita was 3 months old, that I noticed her hair was starting to fall out. I changed her diet, shampoo, and would wash her bedding once or twice depending on the type of day, but I'd say it is getting worse.

She's had all her shots except rabies which she won't get till she's six months. I've taken her to the vet and they assumed it was an allergy, so I changed her food again to Puppy Chow.

It's just getting worse, now she's missing hair on her feet, face, tail, chest, etc. I went to my local farm store called Gliders in Griffin Vanceboro they gave me Bannix to try. I saw some improvement. Her hair started growing back, but then after a week it stopped so I decided to go back and they gave me this yellowish mange shampoo for sarcoptic mange and I have gone through two bottles. I see her hair growing back, but I'm looking into home remedies because I either have that crazy amount of money to pay it their treatments aren't going to work.


I had called the pound to see what they would do and they told me they would come get her, but they would only keep her for 4 days then put her down. I said a few choice words after bursting in to tears and decided against it. I love her so much she's like my kid. I can't and won't, so please can anybody help me with any advice. I am willing to try. I just want her better. Thanks.

By Tiffany Christina R. from Grifton

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Are there any home remedies for genetic mange? A friend's dog has it pretty bad and they may have to put it down. They bought the puppy from a pet and garden store and he had no signs of it then, but now he does and it's pretty bad.


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April 21, 2011

How do I cure dog mange?

By Tracy Gallimore from Murray, KY


April 10, 20110 found this helpful

I have used Nustock and it works! I have used it on my horse and soon my dog, My horse fell and slid on concrete and skinned up her hip very bad, The area was about as big as a dollar bill, I used a purple spray at first, but then bought some Nustock, and It cleared it up and I had complete hair growth back!

I tried it on some old scars and hair started to grow there also. I recommend it! I just rescued a dog that has mange and I plan on using Nustock because it works! Thank you to everyone else recommending it, They all know how well it works!

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April 21, 20110 found this helpful

If you have tried happy Jack from the feed store and that didn't work then ask the vet for a bottle of Paramite dip. it isn't real expensive and depending on whether it is premixed or not how much u use at a time. I get the one not premixed,and it takes 1 teaspoon to a gallon of warm water....drench pet let air dry. Smells for about an hour but worth it. If it is a mite and not mange it will go away. This will also kill maggots in an open wound fast.

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April 22, 20111 found this helpful

If it doesn't clear up quickly, be sure to see you Vet. If allowed to go on, mange can become incurable.

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April 22, 20110 found this helpful

Dog mange isn't something that can be cured/controlled with home remedies. Only the vet can give you the kind of treatment/medicine your dog needs.

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April 22, 20110 found this helpful

Dog mange is highly contagious ( to other dogs ) and only professional veterinary treatment can relieve the problem that your dog is entitled to and you as owner are expected to give. Good luck.

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June 15, 20112 found this helpful

It is not accurate to say that the only cure of mange is found at the vet. I do love my wonderful vet but love my dog even more. The medications vets use contain pesticides which are toxic to your pet.

When my dog got mange, I searched the net and tried various home remedies without much success. Finally a friend recommended the FloraPet Naturals mange treatment, which is natural and non-toxic. It stopped the growth of the patches of affected area right away and within a week I could see new hair growth from the bare spots.

My dog is cured now and I am so relieved! If you want to see your pet recover soon, give this product a try. Their site is

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July 16, 20110 found this helpful

@farstar, demodectic mange, also known as red mange, is not contagious to other dogs. You are thinking of sarcoptic mange, which is, to both animals and humans. If the dog owner hasn't gotten mange from the dog, odds are it is demodectic.

@lizzyanny, demodectic mange is not curable at all, only controllable, no matter how early you catch it. The weekly shot a vet would give the dog would only help to reduce the amount of mange mites there are in the hair follicle, not kill them off completely.

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November 26, 2013

I can not afford the vet, but love my dog. He definitely has mites. I have taken him twice to a vet. They tell me they think it's this, but will not treat without a KOH test. They've had him on over a month's worth of antibiotics. Is there really nothing I can do to help my Bubbie? We are poor. Going back to the vet is out of the question. I wish it were not so, but can any vet out there help me?

By Kristin

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August 7, 2011

What kind of borax should I use in Ted's dog mange remedy? Is it OK if I use borax flux, the one that is being used in welding.

By Noel


August 9, 20110 found this helpful

I have a feeling this might be a 'let's mess with people' question but in case it isn't and you want to try the correspondent, Ted from Bankok, remedy then use the 20 Mule Team Laundry Powder that you can find in just about every single grocery store in the laundry isle. I know borax is used for welding but I have no clue if that borax is the same or might have unsafe additives that might harm your pet so why risk it?

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August 9, 20110 found this helpful

Borax is poisonous and should not be used around pets. After all, it's used to kill fleas and roaches. Please see a vet or go online to Drs Foster and Smith, Petco or Petsmart and get something that is safe to use on your pet.

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April 29, 2016

Can I use bleach or diluted bleach on dogs to get rid of red mange?

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November 16, 2011

How do I get rid of mange on my dog, by doing it the home remedy way?

By Tiffany W.

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October 1, 2007

I have a 6 month old boxer that's just been diagnosed with demodectic mange. He's on invert. per vet once a day (for a while)I've changed his diet from Nutro lg. breed puppy chow to Nature's Variety (frozen raw & freeze dried kibble) no grain or pot. With this I add a raw egg and a tablespoon of salmon oil. This is all in the attempts to boost his immune system. He isn't itching or bitting himself. Just losing his hair mostly on his face/head. There are a couple of places on his body but mostly it's on his head (AROUND HIS EYES). I'm looking to treat his skin with something that isn't going to hurt his eyes. Can anyone help?

Susan from SC


By Pat (Guest Post)
October 4, 20070 found this helpful

My dog has this type mange also. The vet put her on Ivomec (a cattle wormer) This cleared her up and we have kept it under control with just a dose every month or two unless she has a flare up. Since she is on Ivomec we do not have to give her the heart worm meds. The vet said this would also prevent heart worms. She is now 12 years old and doing great - just a little arthritis.

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By Estella (Guest Post)
October 4, 20070 found this helpful

My Mom used to swear by Watkins Salve, which is still available. It is called petro-carbo salve, it's brown and consistency of thick Vaseline. We used it on a dog with mange, not sure which kind of mange.

Mom used it on everything from splinters to infections and considered it a miracle drug. I don't think it would get in the dog's eyes and might help soothe the area.

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April 10, 20101 found this helpful

I am a veterinarian. The only safe thing you can put around your pet's eyes is simple neosporin (no cortisone). This will not kill the mites. A separate product is needed for that. Please do not put anything else on your pet's skin w/o asking a veterinarian. People on these sites mean well, but I can't tell you how many times I've treated chemical burns on poor animals whose owner read it online! Good luck

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August 12, 2012

I would like to know how to get rid of mange on my dog because she just had puppies?

By Shay

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March 27, 2010

Regarding the tip on treating dog mange with borax and peroxide mix, how long are you suppose to leave the mix on before giving the dog a bath?

By candace from Houston, TX


March 29, 20100 found this helpful

The following link says you wash the dog with the mix, but do not rinse. (I haven't tried it so I can't tell you if it works.)

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August 9, 20110 found this helpful

Please take your fur-baby to the Veterinarian for an exam. Your Vet will take a skin scraping to determine which type of mange your dog has, if it is mange. Your Vet will also prescribe a medication for you. Having mange is very painful for your pet. Good luck

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August 20, 2008

Can I use Oxiclean for treatment of demodactic mange? The ingredients are sodium perborate and sodium percarbate.


August 21, 20080 found this helpful

I think you need to talk to a vet about this !!! Some chemicals can cause nerve damage !!!

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August 21, 20080 found this helpful

I don't have an answer for you, but try they are a great website for alternative methods. They have a section for pets and I think mange as well. Best wishes for a quick and lasting solution.

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January 15, 2016

I am wanting to use the borax, peroxide, and water solution. Do I just rub the solution on the spots where she has lost hair? And how long do I leave it on her? Any advice can help. She is a beautiful Pom and she is losing hair around her neck, her side, and her bottom end. Will her hair come back? Thank you.

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February 28, 2013

My puppy was just dipped last night for treatment of sarcoptic mange. I was also given antibiotics and Revolution. How long do I have to wait to bathe her? And when is it safe to hold her again?

By Josie L

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June 19, 2012

How do I get rid of dog mange?

By Betty

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May 19, 2009

Is there a home remedy for dog mange?

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April 21, 2011

I am looking for a cure for both types of mange for my Shar Pei dogs.

By kelly from CA


Home Remedy for Dog Mange

Lime sulfur is a liquid sold for peach leaf curl. Add 2 tbls per pint of water. This is enough for dip or total wet down including feet. Do not put in eyes. A garden sprayer works well. Use every day for a while, then cut back. Then use 2 x week for awhile followed by 1 x a week for awhile. This will immediately help in stopping of itch and stink. It smells like sulfur only when wet. This process is best done outside if it is not too cold.

It is an inexpensive old fashioned vet remedy my vet taught me years ago when I brought home a bald dog from Mexico. She turned out to be a lab mix. She had both mange types, ringworm, was malnourished, pregnant, and had big bloody cracks by her swollen shut eyes. It took awhile, but she cleared up and was the most wonderful pal for a lot of years. You could try a change of diet. No vaccines or the immune system will never recover. You want to build the immune system not destroy it. Absolutely no corn, wheat, or soy. They are so worth it and provide faithful love. (12/15/2010)

By vicki hood

Home Remedy for Dog Mange

Please take your dog to the vet. Treatment does not have to be expensive. I am currently fostering a 14 month old Italian Greyhound that was owner surrendered to a shelter after home treatments failed. The poor dog has no hair and skin infections. Early treatment by a vet could have prevented the situation. Call around and find a vet that will treat inexpensively. Please! (12/31/2010)

By Lisa

Home Remedy for Dog Mange

The answer to my prayers awaited at my local feed store for less than $15.00. Long story, short, I have a miniature Dachshund that I believe has the mange from everything I've read and we have tried every home remedy we could find online or elsewhere that we could cram into our budget. We finally looked at our local feed store and asked them. They only had 1 thing, an 8 ounce bottle of mange medicine (called Happy Jack, believe it or not). We took it home, "washed" her crusty little head with warm water and a wash rag to remove the crust so the stuff could sink in, put on rubber gloves (like the bottle said) and opened up the bottle. Although sulfur is the active ingredient the smell wasn't so bad. You just rub it in with a firm finger massage in the affected areas and let it dry. It kind of absorbs like lotion.

After 1 use, the crusty stuff was gone and her little head was soft again. After 2 uses the smell she had has lessened and the redness is much better. She's more social and she's scratching a lot less. This is only day 3 for us, but I know there are other people out there who can't afford a vet who are going through this same thing and I had to say something. I can't believe how much better she's doing. (01/08/2011)

By funluvn1966

Home Remedy for Dog Mange

Buy a bottle of neem oil from your local health food store. It may appear solid in the bottle. Place it in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes until it has liquified. Mix this to a ratio of 5ml neem oil to 100ml of hypo allergenic dog shampoo. Be sure to mix very well. Wash all affected areas three times a week. You will be amazed at the recovery rate. Improve the diet of the dog, reduce any stresses and regular treatment may eventually be reduced to once a month. Neem oil is an amazing natural product from the Indian continent used for many skin problems including human scabies for thousands of years. Good luck! (01/22/2011)

By Craigellachie

Home Remedy for Dog Mange

I would like to thank the poster (Maredman) who recommended Nu Stock. I had spent about $6,000.00 on three different vets over a 4 year period of time, who all wanted to drug my Husky. We went along with each one's remedy. Only to still have the poor thing still itching and loosing more and more hair. I was at the end of my rope when I came across this site and Markedman's post.

We applied the Nu Stock 3 times using only one $14.95 tube (with a little left over) and our Husky has stopped itching, stopped crying from the insatiable itch, and had grown hair back in places it has been gone for long while now.

To the people who post on here that they have worked for a vet for X amount of years, or that you should give your pet to someone who will care about it, I say they must be vets looking to make even more money off of pet owners who are willing to do anything to help their pet! Do not listen to them.

Nu Stock has worked so well for our pet I would recommend it to anyone, and have! I'd like to thank markedman for his post and the picture of the product I needed. By the way I checked their web site to see who sold it in my area, funnest thing about that one of the vet's we took our pet to was listed. I called and asked if they carried it. The answer was no. Hum, makes me wonder why $14.95 compared to 300.00 to 500.00 each visit! To this day we don't know exactly what caused the problem, we were told numerous things. Anything from hot spots to thyroid!
Thanks again to this site and Markedman's post! (01/23/2011)

By Kathie717

Home Remedy for Dog Mange

The purpose of any medicine to cure mange is to suffocate or kill the tiny parasite causing the problem. This is the reason the old oil works. This is also the reason that any medicine that "coats" the areas will work. I have use athletes foot medicine in the tube on our dogs and it works. I would think even Vaseline would work. (02/25/2011)

By icpnklfnts

Home Remedy for Dog Mange

K9cats I don't agree with you on this my dog of 16 yrs has lived through mange with the home remedies and when I took him into a vet they just said we have to put him down. I wasn't gonna let them do that so I did some home remedies as in hydrogen peroxide, and borax. Also I did liquid lime sulfur and they worked better then a vet would ever do. So maybe you need to go back to school and get it right this time. Oh yeah, my mom is a vet and she said go ahead with the home remedies. Because we can't help your dog he'll die before we can help him. (03/29/2011)

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December 14, 2010

I have a 13 month old dog. She is a German Shepherd/Dalmatian and she has mange. The bottom part of her back has lost its hair and she is constantly biting and itching at that area.

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