How to Diagnose and Treat Mange

How to Diagnose and Treat Mange

During this ever busy time of the year, there are many conditions our pets can be exposed to. One of the most contagious to our dog (’s ) is mange – a condition that involves itching, scratching, hair loss, and painful sores. I, like you, don’t want my or your dog to suffer any more than what is expected, which is the biggest reason why research is so prevalent to find ways to treat mange. It is so important that you have an understanding for the condition itself . That being said, mange is a common skin disease that is caused by several different species of mites. Your dog normally carries mites in its skin and hair follicles; however, when your dog becomes overpopulated with the parasites or is inhabited by a different kind of the pest, it can cause a mild to severe skin infection.

Three types of mange are common: localized, generalized, and demodectic pododermatitis. Localized occurs in one to two small areas. Generalized affects large areas of the skin or the dog’s entire body. And, demodecitic pododermatitis is situated within the foot and accompanied by bacterial infection – the most difficult to treat. Always check with your vet for confirmation of mange.

So….How Do You Know If Your Dog Has Mange?

The earlier you identify mange, the better. So, knowing what symptoms to look for is important. Make a vet appointment asap. While the symptoms of mange vary depending on which type of mite is present, several symptoms are common no matter the type. Some of the most common symptoms you need to look for to determine if your dog has mange are hair loss, bald spots, sores, scabs, and intense itching. You may also notice reddened skin and a rash or pattern of bumps on the animal’s skin.Your vet’s treatment options seem to be universal ( or so it seems!!) but realize many, if not all vets will recommend the chemical treatment they have used for decades, not alternatives especially homeopathic. Your vet’s regiment, normally, involves the topical spot of for dog’s called ,Revolution ( used monthly) also they recommend Mitocide dips ( weekly). and more. These are obviously “generally”effective but it takes a toll on many dogs! So if you want to consider a homeopathic alternative, check out  “Ted’s” treatment. Proported to be the #1 most effective natural home remedy for mange in dogs comes from  an expert contributor, to many periodicals…. Ted from Bangkok Thailand. This is his incredible remedy….

  “Ted’s” Treatment Components

The treatment for mange is made up of three basic components: hydrogen peroxide, borax, and water. When combined in the appropriate ratio, these three components create an effective disinfectant for your dog.

A. Hydrogen Peroxide (the peroxide serves as a natural disinfectant and cleanser for the condition. Hydrogen Peroxide works through oxidation by adding additional oxygen into the equation and creating an environment in which the mites cannot survive). To create the appropriate solution, you need 1% hydrogen peroxide.  BTW….Hydrogen peroxide is most widely available in a 3% solution, so you will need to add two parts of water to every one part of 3% hydrogen peroxide.

B.Borax (a common household chemical. The compound is effective for killing insects and fungi. It also is a natural disinfectant! So, it can be used effectively to cleanse your pet’s skin and fur.

C.Water …simply functions to dilute the hydrogen peroxide and dissolve the borax. This component creates the appropriate solution and makes using the treatment that much easier. To create the solution, you will need 1000 cc of water. FYI…For ease of conversion: 500 cc = 2 cups;   1000 cc = 4 cups.

Treatment Protocol

To effectively utilize Ted’s remedy, you need to follow the protocol as precisely as possible. To begin the treatment, you create the cleansing solution, use it to wash the animal, and then disinfect other areas where the animal has been. It is important to remember not to wash the solution off of your dog or even to wipe your pet dry after rinsing it with the solution as it must remain on the treatment area to be effective.

Mix the Solution

To create the initial cleansing treatment, mix the water, hydrogen peroxide, and borax. The treatment requires 500 cc of 3% hydrogen peroxide diluted in 1000 cc of water. After you have mixed the water and H2O2, add the borax. Measure 3 heaping tablespoons of borax into your hydrogen-water solution and stir until the borax is dissolved.

Cleanse the Animal

After you have created the solution, use it to rinse the animal several times. You need to soak the dog entirely, even in areas unaffected by mange. Soak the animal several times and keep it wet for a period of time. You can use a pail or even a heavy sprayer bottle to apply the solution, but be sure to thoroughly cleanse the dog’s fur and repeat the treatment multiple times. Again, do not rinse the dog’s fur with water and do not pet the animal dry after apply the solution, as both of these limit the solution’s efficacy.

Disinfect Other Areas

After you have sufficiently cleansed the dog, use the solution to spray down and wipe the floors where the dog has been. Also be sure to cleanse its kennel or sleeping area. If it has pillows or blankets, dispose of them to avoid a re-infestation.

Other Considerations

For the best results, follow this basic protocol, and wash your dog at least 1 to 2 times a week with the solution. Additionally you may try neem and mineral oil applied to the dog’s coat, also don’t forget the great “Emu Oil”…. but the borax-hydrogen peroxide-water solution is generally more effective…..

Ted’s mange protocol is considered the top natural remedy for mange… check it out and stay aware of the many conditions mange can manifest on your dog this mid Spring to Summer time of year. Love to hear requests on topics to discuss…TTYS!!

Mark

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