Taking your pet to the veterinarian can be almost as costly as visiting your doctor. It's even worse when you spend a lot of money only to find that the veterinarian didn't cure the problem. This is often what pet owners face when their dog gets mange and the vet cannot seem to cure it.
Mange is caused by parasites that burrow into the skin of the dog. These mites cause the dog's skin to become red and extremely itchy. Your dog will be scratching non-stop due to the parasites eating their skin. It should be known that the mange causing parasites can also affect humans, although then it's called scabies. Doctors prescribed body shampoo or lotion to be used daily until the parasites are gone.
There are home remedies that actually are more effective and safer, as they're made from only natural ingredients. They can all be made from things you have at home. You'll need to be cautious and use some common sense in treating your dog's mange with home remedies, however. It's important to make sure none of the ingredients are harmful to your pet. You may also use these remedies to treat human scabies.
A popular treatment found at online websites is made from 20 drops of tea oil added into a medium sized bottle of baby shampoo. This has been found to effectively treat mange on dogs. It's also found to be successful in killing fleas.
Another treatment consists of 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil mixed thoroughly with lavender shampoo. When the color of the shampoo becomes a slightly creamy purple color, you know you've done it right. Apply the shampoo mixture directly onto your dog's dry skin and hair. Massage the mixture directly into the affected areas and let it sit for 5 minutes. This treatment should be used several times a week to treat your dog. You will soon see the return of your dog's hair.
You can also try using plain petroleum jelly to the infected areas on your dog. This suffocates the parasites. While suffocating the mites, the petroleum jelly will help heal the dry and scaling skin caused by them. This treatment also soothes the dog's itchy skin while healing.
Many times there are home remedies to treat mange on your dog that are safer and more effective than the chemical ones the veterinarians prescribe.