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Use Nu-Stock To Treat Demodectic Mange At Home

May 2nd, 2012 | Posted by stong in Demodectic Mange - (Comments Off)

There are more than a few ways to treat demodectic mange. Some of them are more commonly known, like Ivermectin or Mitaban dips. These are usually given by vets, and are typically administered for more severe cases of the skin problem, which is also known as ‘generalized mange’. But what if your dog has localized mange instead, which typically translates to just a few bald spots here and there?

Because drugs like Ivermectin or Mitaban are considered the absolute last resort by many dog owners, it wouldn’t be wrong to hesitate on using it for cases of localized demodectic mange. On the contrary, most look towards simpler home remedies as their solution, with Nu-Stock being one of them.

What exactly is Nu-Stock?

Nu-Stock is a brand of medicated balm typically sold in tubes and jars. It’s original use was as a general purpose remedy for damaged skin in dogs, but it’s also extremely proficient in getting rid of demodectic mange. According to the makers, Nu-Stock “has proven to be effective for fast relief of animal skin, hair and fur conditions”.

What is nu-stock made of?

Nu-stock is primarily composed of sulphur, which is an excellent anti-parasitic substance. It also contains mineral oil and pine oil, to help lubricate and spread the solution.

How does one use the product?

Nu-Stock is a balm-like medicine, so it’s meant to be applied onto the skin. However, the area must be washed and left to dry first before application to ensure best results. This can be done once every three weeks.

How effective is it?

Just like many things in life, opinions are mixed regarding Nu-Stock’s effectiveness. Some have experienced extremely rapid recovery after only two applications, while others had to repeat the process for a much longer time.

In my opinion, using Nu-Stock as a remedy for demodectic mange is possible, provided the owner also reinforces it with other anti-mange methods. This would enhance the healing effect and speed up the process.

Is there anything to take note of when using the product?

The usual things apply: the substance must be kept out of contact from the eyes, mouth and other sensitive areas. It’s best to apply the balm somewhere your dog can’t lick. Apart from that, do note that Nu-Stock is primarily made of sulphur, and sulphur stains easily. It could turn your dog’s fur (and possibly your hand as well) slightly yellow, so that’s worth keeping in mind.


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Does Motor Oil Really Help Against Demodectic Mange?

April 30th, 2012 | Posted by stong in Articles | Demodectic Mange - (Comments Off)

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You may have heard this one before: “If your dog has demodectic mange, just get some motor oil and rub it on the infected parts. It’ll get better, trust me!”

This remedy has all the features of an old wives’ tale. A rumor heard from a bar somewhere? Check. Advice supposedly passed down from ‘seasoned veterans’? Check. Implausible solution? Double check.

Alas, this particular remedy sounds too good to be true, and it is. It’s pretty much a given that whenever an industrial-grade fluid touches naked skin, the results will always be unpleasant. This includes dumping the stuff on a dog with a skin problem.

But what would happen if you pour motor oil all over your dog? For starters, there’s always the severe rashes that will result due to skin irritation. It will also cause extensive skin damage, because your dog’s skin will actually absorb all the toxic chemicals from the motor oil.

That’s all just on the surface too, but it gets much worse than that. When a dog absorbs the oil through the skin, it penetrates the body and affects the internal system as well. Obviously, this causes a whole new host of problems, such as drastic changes in the blood pressure, as well as severe kidney and liver damage.

All this makes for a list of things horrible enough to get nightmares from, but unfortunately there’s one more gruesome aspect left to cover. Remember how dogs just love to lick and bite themselves all over, especially if they have demodectic mange? Well, what happens if they follow their instincts and proceed to lick their own skin… after being coated with motor oil?

Yes, they’ll swallow it, and the oil will induce vomiting, which in turn will introduce some of the oil into the lungs as well. This subsequently gives them pneumonia.

That should be enough of a reason why you should never, ever use motor oil to treat demodectic mange.

Now that we’re clear about what not to do, however, let’s indulge in our curiosity a little more. Why the heck did people use motor oil in the first place, anyway?

Motor Oil probably did cure demodectic mange once, buuuuuut…

Yes, there’s a good chance that it was used as a treatment option successfully. Obviously, even this statement could be false – I’m really just speculating here.

I’ve found that there’s actually a coherent reason why it was viable then, but not now. But rather than jump into conclusions from the get-go, let’s walk through my little pet theory first. It’s essentially made up of three key points, the first being:

Motor oil produced 50 years ago had a different chemical makeup than the ones available today

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It’s no secret that the oil produced nowadays are very different from the ones made 50 years ago. There have been many changes to its chemical properties since then, but one of the more significant ones concern the level of sulphur present; it’s much, much lower than it once was.

Most people used burnt motor oil for mange treatment – fuel that was already spent in some form

One interesting trend that I’ve been coming across is the fact that many of those who vouch for the oil’s viability used burnt versions of motor oil. They swore up and down that it worked, even though many other people horrifically disagreed. Keep in mind that this was what they did, not what they heard somewhere.

It’s also worth noting that burnt motor oil still contains a fraction of sulphur in it. But what’s all this talk of sulphur about, anyway? Well, it actually turns out that…

Sulphur is actually a pretty good deterrent to parasites

The chemical is commonly used to treat parasites on both pets and humans, and there are many products in the market that include sulphur as a main ingredient. In fact, some demodectic mange remedies also include the use of sulphur in their procedures.

So it’s not much of a stretch after all for motor oil to be perceived as a good remedy for demodectic mange. In the past, the higher sulphur levels may have helped initially in clearing up the skin problem, which led to the unlikely remedy that we’ve been hearing about for ages since. The current users of burnt motor oil may also be seeing some form of success because the sulphur content was actually having a positive effect on the dog.

However, I hope you haven’t forgotten that motor oil is definitely not acceptable as treatment for your dog’s demodectic mange! Some may indeed have gotten lucky and had their dogs’ mange cured by it, but it’s still a very dangerous method to use and will most definitely not work out for most other dogs.

Besides, there are other, better options out there. Why would you choose to dunk your dog in a smelly, greasy liquid instead?


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According to most people, demodectic mange is one of the worst problems your dog can get. It severely damages the skin and makes your dog look diseased (even though he absolutely isn’t). Worst of all, the mange seems almost impossible to get rid of.

If you’re agreeing with this statement, it probably means that you’ve already tried treating your dog’s skin problem, with no results. It doesn’t matter what you’ve used – Ivermectin, Mitaban, home remedies like motor oil (terrible idea), aloe vera or even vaseline, they just don’t work. It’s breaking your heart but you’ve absolutely no idea what to do now.

But what if I told you that there’s only one thing you need to know to make this turn around? It’s something so simple but yet so important that I believe understanding it is the key to getting rid of demodectic mange.

Okay, enough with the teasing. Here’s your answer:

The immune system is the source.

Your dog’s immune system is the key to curing demodectic mange. If it’s working normally (like most healthy dogs), there will be no mange. If it’s weak, however, it can make your dog vulnerable to an outbreak.

How it all works is a matter that will be discussed some other time, but essentially, your dog’s immunity is the one responsible for keeping out the mites that cause demodectic mange in the first place. Keep it healthy, and it’ll do your work for you. If your dog has mange now, then try to focus on boosting his immunity while keeping up the treatment with medicine prescribed by vets or the home remedy of your choice.

Above all else, just remember that a strong immune system is good, while a weak immune system is bad. Easy-peasy, right?

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Is It Possible To Treat Demodectic Mange At Home?

April 25th, 2012 | Posted by stong in Demodectic Mange - (Comments Off)

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Whenever people think of mange, the first thing that comes to mind is, “That looks terrible, they should get some medical help quick!” They’re not wrong too – generalized demodectic mange is a terrible sight to behold. In fact, dogs with a severe case of ‘red mange’ would have been written off as a hopeless case and euthanized just fifty years ago.

Nowadays, dog owners seek professional help when their dog is down with mange. Now, that’s definitely the right thing to do. After all, the vet is the most capable person to turn to when the mange has ravaged most, if not all of your dog’s skin.

But does that mean it’s impossible to treat the mange by yourself? Of course not! There are many reports of people experiencing success with some home remedies for demodectic mange, so it’s definitely something to look into.

Here’s a few examples of what people have tried in their quest to get rid of the skin problem:

- Lemon Juice

- Motor Oil

- Aloe Vera

- Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline)

- Borax

- Natural Herbs

Do keep in mind that the list above is only what people have recommended. It doesn’t actually mean that they all work, and frankly, I’m very skeptical of a few on that list. But there are some that most definitely do work, without any additional help from medical drugs.

In the following weeks, I will post more on the types of home remedies that any dog owner can use for their dog’s demodectic mange, and try to assess them based on how well they perform, so do check back every so often to learn more about them.  If they’ve already been posted, the links should most likely appear below.

Oh, and there’s always the Canine Care Guide to Demodectic Mange ebook if you need a good home remedy fast. Good luck!

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Demodectic Mange is a single specific skin problem in dogs, but what people usually don’t realize is that it’s often categorized into two types: localized and generalized. The main difference between the two is the severity of the symptoms in each type, but there are others as well, such as the locations of these symptoms on the body.

Reading this article will help you learn more about the differences between localized and generalized mange, and the reasons behind it.

Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s no question that demodectic mange can be a tough problem to troubleshoot, and the earlier it’s discovered, the higher the chances of a swift recovery. But here’s the problem: how do we identify a case of demodectic mange in its earliest stages?

To be honest, spotting an early sign of the skin problem is pretty easy. It’s always going to be a few bald spots about the size of a coin, so keep that in mind when you’re checking your dog’s fur.

The thing to note is that demodectic mange typically follows a set pattern with no deviations, and it’s always going to start with bald spots first.

These bald spots don’t show up at random, too – they almost always appear in the same places, like the head, ears or feet. In fact, the head is the first place you should look at, because demodectic mange usually starts from there. Definitely pay attention to the area around the eyes, the mouth and ears; if you see an obvious patch of naked skin amidst all the fur, it’s almost certain that your dog has mange.

Don’t discount the feet and legs as well, as they can be one of the first few parts of the body to be affected aside from the head.

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When Can You Stop Using Ivermectin for Demodectic Mange?

April 19th, 2012 | Posted by stong in Demodectic Mange - (Comments Off)

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If you’re already giving your dog an Ivermectin treatment for the mange, you could be wondering just how long you’ll need to do this before the skin problem heals up. After all, making them swallow or accept the injections is never an easy job, plus the fact that you can’t see any improvement on the skin even after a week or so of administering the medicine makes it exceedingly frustrating.

So when can you expect to stop the treatment? Unfortunately, demodectic mange is a tough nut to crack, so it’s safe to say that the mange isn’t going to disappear anytime soon if you’ve only been doing this for a week.

Most estimates mark the fourth week of treatment as the point where signs of improvement start becoming visible, but the mange typically requires up to eight weeks time before it can be considered ‘cured’.

And that’s only the best-case scenario; most dogs with generalized mange may experience a longer timeframe before their mange is treated completely, while a few may never benefit from an Ivermectin treatment.

Therefore, if you’re still in the midst of your first to third week without seeing any results, just keep plugging away and you’ll eventually see some improvement on your dog’s skin.


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Dog With Mange Saved From Death (Video)

April 17th, 2012 | Posted by stong in Demodectic Mange - (Comments Off)

Another dog saved, just one day away from being put down.

It’s amazing how many people believe that demodectic mange is incurable and so terrible that the only way out is death for the dogs.

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Is Demodectic Mange Contagious?

April 16th, 2012 | Posted by stong in Demodectic Mange - (Comments Off)
Demodectic Mange Dog Scratching

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For most people, the word ‘mange’ brings to mind a body with severely damaged and horrendously itchy skin, and being highly contagious. The first two qualities are more or less correct, but the phrase ‘contagious mange’ is a little misunderstood.

Sarcoptic Mange is contagious, but not demodectic mange

The main reason why the misunderstanding exists is because there are two different types of mange, and their facts often get mixed up together. We’re not going into a deep discussion about the exact differences between the two, but to put it simply, Sarcoptic Mange (or scabies) is the one that’s contagious, while demodectic mange isn’t. This is the sort of information that will determine your strategy in removing your dog’s skin problem, so it’s important to distinguish between the two before you start any treatment.

Now that the question is adequately answered, let’s throw a little wrench in the works. What if I said that…

…However, demodectic mange is contagious in a sense

Okay don’t panic, I’m not trying to confuse you. Hear me out:

Between sarcoptic and demodectic mange, it is true that one is contagious and the other isn’t. But what we’re really talking about here is that scabies is contagious between a human and a dog. And that demodectic mange does not have this particular form of interspecies transmission.

On the other hand, demodectic mange is contagious… between dog and dog. Do you see what I mean now?

You may be wondering why there’s such a distinction. Here’s a short explanation:

The main troublemaker in this whole demodectic mange deal is the Demodex Canis, a version of demodex mite that lives exclusively in dogs. These guys do not prefer other animals for some reason, including humans, so they generally stay away from them. That’s why it’s almost impossible for a human to infect a dog, and vice versa*.

However, the Demodex Canis can be found practically everywhere on dogs, and it’s the reason why a dog that’s recovering from demodectic mange shouldn’t be allowed near another dog with a bad case of it – the mites can easily jump over to the recovering dog’s body and re-infest it, triggering another case of mange.

So there you have it. Demodectic mange isn’t contagious in that it doesn’t transmit between humans and dogs, but it’s highly contagious between dog-and-dog. Question answered.

*Note: I say ‘almost impossible’ because there have been several reports of such a thing happening, but it’s so rare that you’d win the lottery long before you get infested by good ol’ Demodex Canis, so don’t start panicking just yet.

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It Might Look Bad, But There’s No Need For Euthanasia!

April 13th, 2012 | Posted by stong in Demodectic Mange - (Comments Off)

It’s depressing to think that many people don’t know how to handle skin problems on their dogs. They take one look at the rashes covering the body and they just go, ‘Well I guess there’s no hope left for him/her’. That’s just wrong!

Luckily for the dog in this story, she was saved just before her scheduled euthanasia, and nursed back to health shortly afterwards.

I think it’s important for all dog owners to know that no matter how bad the skin is looking, it doesn’t mean that a dog is terminally ill. They just need some extra care and a little fixing up. And I suppose the other lesson to be learned here is that there’s always a way out, so for those of you who are struggling with an ongoing skin condition that’s causing you sleepless nights, keep at it! Recovery is definitely possible.

Link to the article: A Dog Shouldn’t Be Put Down Because of Its Looks

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