- Pets and Animals
A Natural Home Cure for Mange, Skin Allergies, and Fleas
It Will Drive You Mad
Having a dog, cat, or pet with mange, skin allergies, or fleas will drive you mad. It can also take a huge chunk out of your bank account, especially if you have a vet that charges $250 every time there's an outbreak.
I'm writing this article about a natural home cure for all of those who are in dire need of a solution that works almost every time and won’t break the bank. It took me forever to find it myself—first I suffered through paying for prescriptions only to have another break out a month later. Then I experimented with a 20 Mule Team Borax mixture, vinegar, and goodness knows how many other supposed fixes, and nothing was working. The real pistol was when my other rescue dog got it and then there were two to treat. Aahhhhhhhhh. In 55 years, I've never had a dog with skin issues, mange or anything, I had no idea of what a large problem it can be and how many others had dogs with the same issue.
Then I tried coconut oil. I remembered a long time ago, when I managed hotels, I babysat for the owner's dog, which was an adorable little yorkie. When I was getting all the instructions I asked if she needed any flea products or other special care. He told me that because her skin was so naturally oily, she rarely if ever got any fleas. I was in shock but it made sense. Mange mites, lice, fleas, etc, all hate oils because the oil suffocates and kills them. I had also heard of the old burnt oil remedy (please don’t ever do that).
I Feel So Bad and They Look So Miserable
It Worked, Hallelujah
So I tried it and it worked.
First, I tried it on a few spots to make sure it wasn’t going to irritate their skin and send them running for the hills like Schreiners Herbal Solution did (a fabulous product that is great for cuts, horse injuries, mange, etc). With the coconut oil, they came running to me as if it were a treat or food. You could tell it gave them instant relief, as they sat there almost begging for more. I usually pour some into a separate plastic cup before applying it, so I don’t risk spilling the whole container. I then pour a little on their backs and rub it on. Finally, I'll pour some in my hand and apply it in the hard-to-reach areas. They will readily roll over so I can do their bellies, and I make sure to get their ears and around their eyes, (not in their eyes just around them). They will love you for it and start licking their way to soothing relief. I almost always let them have about a tablespoonful to lick out of their bowls. It’s great for them. **Update...remember to consider the size of your dog. Small dogs use maybe 1/4 tsp, medium 1/2 tsp, large up to 1 tsp starting with 1/2 and working your way up. If a loose stool starts stop and restart with lower dose. It is great for their immune system. It kills fleas, mites, soothes the skin, and gives them an amazing shiny coat.
A Couple of Warnings
- Do not lather your dogs up with oil and then leave them outside in 90-degree weather with no shade; it will burn them up. ***Update Leave the oil on anywhere from a few hours, (no less than) to overnight. Then wash it off using Dawn dishwashing soap if you have it and dry. Inspect their skin regularly for new break outs of itchy irritation.
- If new break outs occur that look oily use an antiseptic solution, (for dogs) until it clears up.
- If the area is dry and they are scratching apply more oil to that area only making sure the entire area is covered.
- Don’t stop using the oil until their skin conditions are 100 percent cured. That way you know all of the mites and eggs have hatched and are dead.
- ...Update Please do not be afraid to send me pictures or emails, I have had quite a few and don't mind at all.
- Fair warning: The coconut oil gives them extra energy, so if your dog loves to play ball or fetch, be prepared. You can tell they’re feeling better in just a day or two.
Pretty Amazing Difference For Not Even a Week
That About Does It
As you can see, the culprit who started this disaster just had pups, which is another problem arising from the mange because they both needed to get better before the surgery. I didn’t post the before and afters for her because she is so black they didn’t turn out good.
The video is of Stinkers, the wild baby skunk, being a sweetie and having breakfast.
Have an incredible day and give your pet a big old hug from yours truly. I’m telling you, they are what keeps me sane. (Well, most of the time. Okay, part of the time.) Talk to you soon.
...Update... Thank you all so much for all your comments, emails, and pictures, I can't explain just how much I appreciate it, especially the before and afters. Several times your updates have brought happy tears to my eyes, which makes this all worth every second.