Mange in dogs is very contagious. If you have a healthy pet that has been around an infected animal, there is a very good chance that he will contract the disease. Mange generally occurs in unclean and unhealthy dogs, so if your pet has been in contact with one that is afflicted, it is very crucial that you act immediately to prevent the spreading of the disease. A healthy dog is one with a strong immune system and that will make it easier to fight off the parasites.
One of the signs of mange is excessive scratching and this is what causes sores on the skin. Mites burrow under the dogs skin and will cause the dog to lose hair in that area. The skin will become dry, crusty, thick and wrinkled. Mites reproduce and when this happens, there will be a pungent odor coming from the affected area. In addition, your pet will probably develop blisters and bleeding.
It is always best and safest to treat your dog naturally when possible. If your pet has a severe case of mange, you will probably need the help of your veterinarian for treatment. That being said; do not let it get to that point.
If you suspect that your dog has mange, give a boost to his immune system with herbal supplements. Astragalus, Echinacea and Arabinogalactans can sometimes be helpful. Give these supplements to your dog orally. It is also very helpful to treat the infected area with aloe vera, tea tree oil and vitamin E. Make sure the product you are selecting is for topical use and beware of un-diluted oils as they can be toxic to your dog.
As soon as you realize your dog could have mange, take extra precautions to make sure he is kept clean. By bathing him often and keeping his kennel and bedding clean, you will be helping in slowing down the spread of the parasites.
If you love your dog the way I love mine, you will not want him to suffer with those miserable mites any longer than he has to.
I have not always made the right decisions in regards to treating my dogs’ ailments, but I am educating myself so that he will have a healthy life. Even veterinarians are starting to recommend natural home remedies and treatments because they know most commercial drugs have too many dangers and long-term side effects.
Are you making the right treatment decisions for the safety of your dog or cat?