Calabash for Dog Mange

I live on the Caribbean island of Dominica in the West Indies and have a local dog. She came to us with a low immune system and gets recurring mange. We have tried the chemical treatment, but it was very harsh on her. We also tried neem oil without very good results. I took her to see the vet who works with PAWS the rescue dog charity and they recommended a local treatment.


The treatment requires 2 liters of Seawater (or salt water) and half of a Calabash (a bottle gourd or opo squash not to be confused with the calabaza), and three limes. Scoop out the fleshy insides of the calabash and squeeze into seawater. Squeeze the fresh limes and mix with the seawater and calabash

Strain and coat the dog in the liquid. Do not rinse for 2 days and rinse and repeat the process twice. Fantastic results! No more mange and she started to grow her shiny new hair back as soon as the treatment finished. Very happy Ocho Dog.

By tess hunneybell from Dominica, Caribbean

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August 26, 20100 found this helpful

Nice looking dog. I see a lot of doberman in her. I'm partial to Dobies. They make fantastic pets.

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August 26, 20100 found this helpful

What a pretty girl, she has such a shiny coat & the colors are bright! that stuff must really work!

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August 26, 20100 found this helpful

Sounds to me like she has what is called "Red Mange", (since it was recurring). We were told by


our daughter's vet who did the whole 9 yards of treatment on her boxer that it would recur anytime the dog's hormonal level was high, and the vet said she had to be spayed since that would be the highest level of hormonal activity and the pups would be born with red mange as well.

To make a long story a little shorter, our daughter had her boxer spayed, and Sadie Belle has never had a recurrence. It was an expensive series of treatments, but worth every penny as Sadie is a beloved member of this family. I just feel for any family who can't afford to pay the price for such a thing. I'm so hoping that your dog never has a recurrence. Did you have her spayed? I'd be very interested in hearing how she gets along in the future if you did not. Maybe that Calabash treatment will work.


Thank you so much for sharing her story with us.


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September 1, 20100 found this helpful

The Calabash treatment works really fast. Ocho is doing great! Her fur is growing back really thick & no scratching. As she had such a hard time with the mange she could never be stoked but now she is waring us out getting all the loving she missed.
She has not been spayed yet so I hope that too will help. She is supposed to be a Doberman/Rottweiler mix but I think she has a few more varieties. She lives with 2 female boxers. She thinks she is one also as we have never shown her a mirror. LOL

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February 14, 20170 found this helpful

As a holistic vet of 35 years, I love using local treatments. Please seek these out first rather than only when conventional fails. Conventional is strongly effective at STOPPING symptoms (though as you saw it does not always work) but often at a great cost (weakened immune system).


Follow the 7 keys to health (, especially avoiding any chemicals, no vaccines, and most importantly dog food. Feed the same wonderful ingredients you would eat. Dogs need 40-100% raw meaty bones/fish/other proteins (grasshoppers?) and the rest pureed or mashed vegetables and only high protein grains. Every dog is different, like each person, so you can try different combos of fresh food.

Also, "thump the thymus" - to build immunity, and get attuned in Reiki (can be done on-line) and offer that daily. Your dog could live to 20!

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