When you think about home remedies for demodectic mange, you may perhaps think of unconventional methods of getting rid of the skin problem. Sometimes these solutions can even seem downright strange, like pouring motor oil on your dog.
The funniest thing is that it seems the more unlikely or strange the remedy is, the more enduring the advice becomes. Maybe it’s because we like to believe the old wives’ tales were actually true, and that the remedies work. Like most things though, sometimes the simplest things are indeed the most effective ones.
Like a home remedy for demodectic mange, for example. Sure, you could pour motor oil on your dog and make everyone unhappy, or use Mitaban without knowing what it contains and if it even works, but why do all those tedious things when there are only a few simple things you can do to start getting rid of that mange?
Which brings us to the topic at hand: The easiest, most affordable home remedy for treating demodectic mange. A good bath.
I’m sure you’re scratching your head at this, now. A bath? That isn’t a treatment, it’s basic hygiene! Well of course it is, but that’s the point. A bath is given because you want your dog to be clean and free of dirty, unhealthy stuff clinging onto the fur.
And what exactly are those ‘stuff’? You guessed it – demodex mites.
The thing about demodex mites is that an overpopulation of these bugs causes demodectic mange, plain and simple. One of the easiest methods to start recovering from the skin problem is to reduce that population to a very low level (they’re impossible to remove entirely), and that requires a good cleaning.
So here’s something you can do right now: Simply give your dog a good bath. Scrub the body as hard as possible to really get into the roots where the mites live, and wash them all away. It won’t make the mange disappear overnight, but it’ll go a long way towards making sure it does.