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Mange Treatment ?
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Shadowood    Posted 04-07-2004 at 11:07:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It looks like one of our dogs has sarcoptic mites (mange). She itches like crazy and has severe hair loss. Years ago my dad treated a dog for this with used motor oil and sulfer, worked fantastic and the dogs coat after treatment was gorgeous. Has anybody tried this before or any other cheap homemade remedy? Any advice or ideas? Thanks.


Paula    Posted 04-08-2004 at 06:06:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
First I'd make sure of the diagnosis with a professional
assessment. A lot of things can cause hair loss and
scratching: flea bit allergy, contact dermatitis, food
allergies, environmental allergies, hypothyroidism.....

Then I'd treat the disease with a prescription
medication.

I'm not about home made recipes to treat undiagnosed
conditions on my animals. But that's just me. As a PT
caretaker at my vet's I see enough "seemed like a good
idea at the time" home cures on animals that ended up
hurting the animals and costing the owners MORE than
if they'd just come in in the first place.

JMO
Paula


Shadowood    Posted 04-08-2004 at 07:48:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I agree with you but I have also learned homemade old-timer cures sometimes work the best. I had a horse with an injury on the face that our vet said would leave a horrible scar, a friend suggested coating the area with pickling lime, the horse healed with no scar and went on to win many ribbons in halter and other classes. I called my father last night and asked were he got the idea of burnt motor oil for mange. He said a friend who was a vet told him to use it. A good vet is open to new ideas, both my vets have always been interested in anything that works.


Paula    Posted 04-08-2004 at 08:22:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Do you have a definitive diagnosis? You need to take a
skin scraping and look for mites under a microscope -
any microscope. It might be ringworm.

Paula


Shadowood    Posted 04-08-2004 at 10:06:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Nope. I do not have a vet diagnosis, did call the vet about an hour ago he said sarcoptic mites are hard to diagnose even with a microscope. If suspected he treats with ivermectin and a sulpher dip. This dog we just received from a neighbor it was a stray, and most likely has heartworms so ivermectin is out of the question (to much could cause all the heartworms to die and clog lungs etc.). This dog will get once a month ivermectin shots (low dose based on weight) to treat the heartworms but for now I am trying to help her with the itching(poor dog). I applied ringrowm medication for a week or so with no improvement, always cleared ringworm fast and it doesn't look like that. The only other option for her is the animal shelter which in her condition all they will do is put her down. I have rescued several dogs marked for euthanasia due to heartworm infestation and have cleared them with the once a month ivermectin shots. My vet only sees my dogs for injuries, spay or neature, rabies vacine. Everything else I do myself. My vet knows me well and has taught me alot, even had me assist in surgery on my horses.
Thanks for the information. With this case I am limmited to very few options.


Taylor Lambert    Posted 04-07-2004 at 18:21:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
We use Burnt motor oil and sulphur an alot of dogs here that have had trouble with the vet curing and it works. We ve also used hydraulic oil to. THe only problem i see with it is its messy, Ive seen dad cure some awful cases of mange that way.


Bob    Posted 04-07-2004 at 18:06:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
yep, we used motor oil on our old St. Bernard years ago, and it did a fine job, make sure you tie him up for a few day, use a lot of oil.


DD    Posted 04-07-2004 at 13:43:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
If it's an older dog they can sometimes develop somethin like contact dermatitis. They will scratch and chew until all the hair falls out and the skin looks horrible. Sometimes even chewing to the point of making sores all over themselves. If this is the case then buy a bottle of Vitamin E Oil and put it on the spots everytime you see the skin getting dry. An older dog will lose the moisture in their skin and it itches so bad all they know to do is rub and chew it not realizing they're making a mess of themselves. My Cocker Spaniel started this around age 8. The Vitamin E oil is a lil expensive so if it's too much then try another product called Sulfodene Scratchex. It's usually sold at most stores that have an animal section. This is a yellow liquid. It will sting a little bit if the skin is raw, so have a good hold on their collar when you apply this. Both will heal and let their coat come back in nice and shiny. I also started Dixie on one Vitamin E tablet every other day once I got her cleared up. The used motor oil and sulphur will work too IF it is really mange. Good Luck! : )


Linda in UT    Posted 04-07-2004 at 14:24:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
It is more common for the dog to have an allergic condition than it is to have mange. A dog can be allergic to fleas or other substances in their environment and will bite and scratch their skin until it is raw. The only way you will know if it is mange or not is to take the dog to the vet. Some of the old remedies can work, but many of them were also pretty toxic.


Shadowood    Posted 04-07-2004 at 17:30:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I looked it up on the internet, the pictures and symptoms match exactly. Also cortisone treatment does not help it. I had a cat that suffered from an allergy to fleas, it did not have the tiny red dots and cortisone cleared the problem immediatly.
Thanks for the suggestion though.


Linda in UT    Posted 04-07-2004 at 22:23:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you know of someone with access to a microscope, you could do a scraping and look for parasites.

Good luck to you!


Donna from Mo    Posted 04-07-2004 at 13:17:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I just go to the vet and buy a dip that fixes mange.


EngineerJoyce    Posted 04-07-2004 at 11:47:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Burnt motor oil is the only *non medical* cure for mange I've ever known. Gotta get it on real good - bathe him in it. I think it essentially poisons or smothers the invaders. Be careful if the dog has raw spots or open sores - may need an alternative cure if he does.

Just remember to hitch the dog so he doesn't leave black marks wherever he rubs or lays down! ;-)


Clipper    Posted 04-07-2004 at 11:30:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
My MIL has them exact same symptoms!!!! I ain't lookin fer a cure tho....


Arnold Sanchez    Posted 02-10-2006 at 20:43:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
does the hair grow back after the dog is cured with this treatment?? How long will it take to cure??


Mark    Posted 06-24-2007 at 08:08:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How long do you Wait till you Bathe a Dog that has been Treated with Sulfer and Oil....
My Father N Law also used this method Amazing how well it works, But I don't Remember how Long the Mixture was left on the Dogs...

Thanks


Hank    Posted 08-02-2007 at 08:23:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The reason most mange can be treated with any oily product is that mange mites, being arachnids, breath through openings (sphericals) along their body. Any substance which plugs up these pores kills the mites.
I wouldn't leave the oil on the animal any longer than 30 minutes.


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