Mange comes from the word 'mangier' which means, "to eat", simply meaning that mites eat into the blood and skin of pets, leaving them looking shabby with a miserable feeling because of the constant itching. There is constant hair loss and the skin appears pink with signs of blood as mites go deep and drink the blood of the pets. Grey patches appear around the nose, ears and other areas of the skin. Immediate attention is advisable, as neglecting this condition could be dangerous.
The first and the easiest of all home remedies for mange is to keep the affected areas sanitary, by cleaning them with a solution prepared by mixing borax, peroxide and water. Sergeant's Oatmeal Flea and Tick Shampoo can be used to give the pet a thorough bath.
Next, a paste can be prepared by mixing borax in little water, and it can then be applied on the patches and left to dry. This is sure to be effective, and will leave the pets happier.
The bedding and other belongings of the pets should always be kept clean by washing them in borax for quick recovery, as well as for preventing the mites to grow in number.
Another one of the simple home remedies for mange includes cleaning the carpets in the house regularly by adding vinegar to the vacuum cleaner to disinfect the carpets and make them germ free. This is mainly because dirty carpets can lead to the spread of the infection very quickly.
Everyone has heard of the magical properties of garlic. It turns out that they work not just for humans, but also for animals. Giving garlic and yeast capsules to the pets is really helpful when they are suffering from mange.
Zinc, found in protein foods is an excellent skin healer. Foods like, milk, cheese, yogurt, pumpkin seeds, brown rice, wholegrain wheat etc. are excellent sources of zinc. Beans, almonds, sesame are other rich sources of zinc, and must be consumed regularly for faster recovery.
One of the very inexpensive home remedies for mange would be to apply Tea Tree Oil on the affected area for excellent results. Also, the fur of the pet should be regularly brushed to clear away the swabs and maintain hygiene.
Yogurt containing acidophilus can be put inside the ears of the pets, as it is sure to cure the swabs.
Ordinary cooking oil can be applied on the skin of the pets as it kills the mites and softens the patches on the skin to heal them over time.
Lemon too has great properties whether it be consumed or applied externally. A sliced lemon can be boiled in water and left to cool overnight. The next morning, the cooled lemon water can be applied on the pet with the help of a sponge and left to dry without wiping. This is sure to kill the mites and cleanse the skin.
Usage of honey too is one of the most effective home remedies for mange. It can be applied on the skin of the pet and left for some time. The pet can later be bathed thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Lastly, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar can be added to the pet's meals, as it would help in speedy recovery.
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